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Stop WhatsApp group members from editing group topic & icon

Tired of group members randomly changing the group subject, image or description? New WhatsApp update lets group admins restrict this functionality so that only admins can make changes.

WhatsApp groups members are notorious for randomly changing group topic and icon. This happens in all types of groups, big or small. If you run a serious WhatsApp group with on-topic discussions, then new WhatsApp feature is here to help you out. As a group admin, you can now restrict members from changing WhatsApp group image, subject and description.

WhatsApp has added the new feature called “Group Settings“. It is only visible to group admins. WhatsApp added this new setting after users have complained (since long) for the lack of power in the hands of admins. Earlier, the only advantages of being an admin were the ability to add and remove members. This changes now and I expect WhatsApp to bring more admin features in the future such as muting a member for being off-topic.

How to restrict members from making changes to WhatsApp group info


  • You must be a group admin.
  • WhatsApp app version 2.18.135 or higher

If you meet the above requirements then follow the steps below to make the changes.

  1. Open WhatsApp app on your Android, iPhone or Windows Phone.
  2. Open the group for which you want to restrict members from making changes.
  3. Tap on the group subject. It will open group info.
  4. Now scroll downwards and you will notice Group Settings. Tap on it to open the sub-menu.
    WhatsApp group setting to set who can update group subject, pic and description
    WhatsApp group settings
  5. Tap on Edit group info and choose from the following 2 options:
    1. All participants – All members can edit the WhatsApp group details
    2. Only admins – Restricts editing access to admin members only
    Edit WhatsApp group info permissions
    Edit the setting
  6. Tap on OK to save the changes and you’re done.

What do you think about the new WhatsApp feature? Is it enough to stop the nuisance in the groups or you are looking for more options? Let us know below 🙂

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  • I wish from whatsapp that there should be a feature that only creator can change the group info..

    Is it possible?? because now if there are all members as admins ..everyone is changing the group info…and it is annoying..!!

    • Hi Ketki, WhatsApp does not offer such a setting. If all the members are admins, it pretty much eliminates the reason behind having admins at all. Admins need to have special powers over and above the ones enjoyed by regular group members. I will recommend that you remove admin for the other members so that the group remains organized.

  • It is helpful however, I was hoping to do it discreetly so as not to hurt a group members feeling. Why do we have to get a message saying that the changes were made 🙁

    Can this be fixed?

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