How to find and follow WhatsApp Channels

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Where Channels is available, we're rolling out new features gradually. Some features, like being able to create a channel, might not be available to you yet.
Find and follow people and organizations you care about on WhatsApp Channels to stay informed or learn something new. When you follow a channel, you'll see updates like written notes, links to information, photos, or videos from them in the Channels section of the Updates tab. To know when there's a new update, you can also choose to turn on notifications for a channel.
How to find channels
Find channels with topics that interest you by:
  • Browsing the channel list: See all channels available to you. The list is automatically filtered to show channels based on your phone number's country code and your language preference, but you can explore all channels by changing the country, category, filter option and more.
  • Checking out recommended channels: See the channels recommended to you by scrolling to the bottom of the Updates tab to view the Find channels section. Channel recommendations are based on the following, which help us to recommend channels that are relevant to you and which are the most engaging.
    • Channels information. This can include the number of followers of a channel, the reactions by channels followers to channel content, and the frequency of channel updates by admin(s); and
    • General location information (e.g. country) and language preference.
  • Finding channels through external links: Channel admins can share a link outside of WhatsApp to help people to find their channel. Use the link to open a channel in WhatsApp and browse updates.
Check out the list of channels available to you by:
  1. Tapping the Updates tab.
  2. Tapping
    channels plus on
    > Find channels.
Channels with a verified badge next to their name have been verified by WhatsApp as being authentic.
From there you can sort the list based on what interests you most:
  • Browse categories and filter channels by topic: See which channels are new, popular, or most active.
  • See channels from other countries: See the list of channels available in other countries by changing the country.
  • Search for a channel: Tap
    to search through all channels available to you. Channel search results may be prioritized by channel metrics, like how popular and active they are. When you search for channels, search queries are logged to make it easier to find channels and improve the search and channels experience.
    • Note: You can also search for channels directly from the Updates tab. On the Updates tab, tap
      . You may need to swipe down on the screen to reveal the
      . Enter the name of the channel you want to follow. If a channel matching your search term is found, it will appear under Other channels.
You can preview channel updates before you follow:
  • To see what type of updates a channel posts, tap the channel name to preview recent updates.
  • Learn more about a channel by checking out their channel info page. Tap on the channel name or tap
    more options
    > Channel info.
How to follow channels
  • Quick follow from list of channels: You can quickly follow a channel from the directory by tapping the Plus
    next to the channel name.
  • Follow from channel: Open a channel you're interested in, and tap the Follow button.
You can also follow channels from their channel info page.
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