When you have a public WhatsApp group, adding each new member personally can be tedious. Thankfully, you have an alternative. WhatsApp allows you to create a shareable link that interested attendees can click to instantly join your group. Here’s how to use it.
Note: To access a group link, you must have administrator privileges.
Open the WhatsApp app on your iPhone or Android device and select the group chat.
Then, tap on your group name at the top of the screen to visit their profile page.
Scroll down to the bottom of the page and select the “Invite via link” option.
You will find your group link on the following screen.
You can copy the link by tapping the “Copy link” button or you can share it directly with “Share link”. When you choose the latter or “Send link via WhatsApp”, WhatsApp adds a standard invitation text before the link.
Your group link is public, which means you can also post it on your website or social feed to invite people. When someone clicks on it, they will be able to join it without your further approval.
There is also an option to produce a QR code for your group. When you share it, anyone can scan it to join your community.
In the future, in case your group’s capacity runs out or you think the public link is spam, you can reset it from this same menu with the “Reset link” button.
Your WhatsApp group link is set to stay active indefinitely and only expires when you manually reset it.
WhatsApp also offers the possibility to write this link on an NFC tag. To do this, tap the three-dot menu icon in the upper right corner of the “Invite Link” page and select “Write NFC Tag”. Place your phone close to an NFC tag to start the process.
If you manage a large public WhatsApp group, you should also make sure that members cannot edit its details (such as name and description) with the administration tools.