Suppose you’ve been given a notice to forward to the other co-workers or need to invite everyone in your neighborhood to an event your family is organizing. Can you imagine how much time it would take if you were to tailor each invite personally? You’d probably be doing it for days. The feature of forwarding messages was invented to save people from troubles of these kinds. When you need to say the same thing to multiple people, forwarding a message saves both time and effort.
While it was initially rolled out in text messages and emails, forwarding messages made an entrance into the world of social media soon after. In today’s blog, we’re going to talk at length about this very feature on WhatsApp. Curious to learn all about it? Then stick with us till the end.
Forwarding messages on WhatsApp: How does it work?
While the feature of forwarding messages has been present on WhatsApp for a long time now, four years ago, some steps were taken to make a series of changes to it. Wondering why? Well, if you were a WhatsApp user back then, you’d remember how plenty of fake news and untrue stories were being circulated around, creating chaos in small towns and villages.
And while not everybody reading these messages believed them, the numbers were staggering enough for the WhatsApp Team to notice and do something about. To deal with this issue, the platform launched a number of limitations on forwarding messages in 2018.
The first and most significant change among them all was to limit the number of users you could forward a single message to in one go. Earlier, this limit was somewhere over 200-250. This new reduction witnessed a considerable decline in the rate of nonsense controversies traveling around.
Another major addition was that you could now report individual messages to WhatsApp. If anything seems fishy or suspicious, users can simply notify the WhatsApp Team about it to let them take care of it.
There’s one more important change that we’ll discuss later in the blog; the other changes, though useful, aren’t directly linked to the subject at hand, so we won’t be focusing on them for now.
How to Forward Message to More Than 5 Friends on Whatsapp
As we discussed earlier, after 2018 update, all WhatsApp users can forward a single message to only 5 other users at a time. And even though this rule was introduced to clean up the mess of fake news spreading on the platform, it still causes inconvenience to many users today.
The unfortunate answer to the question at hand here is that there is no way to forward a message to more than 5 friends on WhatsApp. At least not in a single attempt. If you need to do it, you can repeat the process several times until all the recipients are covered.
That being said, you also have the alternative of getting outside help. Although we don’t encourage the usage of third-party tools (especially non-partnered ones) as they can interfere with the performance of WhatsApp, it’s our job to share with you every possibility that you can explore.
If using a third-party tool is something you don’t mind all that much, we hope the tool we’re going to talk about next will be the end to all your problems.
The third-party tool that can help you with it
Developed by the FM Mods, FMWhatsApp is a third-party tool that appears very much like an upgraded version of WhatsApp. It offers you a more diverse user experience by introducing several cool features you won’t find on regular WhatsApp.
This includes adding custom chat themes, texting users without saving their contact, a built-in app lock, and much more. Some of the other attractive features of the tool are the extended limitations on pinning chats on top as well as forwarding messages. You can download and use FMWhatsApp on both Android and iOS devices.
Here’s how increasing the limitation on forwarding messages works on FMWhatsApp:
Step 1: Download and install the app on your device by visiting this link: https://gbapps.net/fmwhatsapp-apk-download/#Features_of_FMWhatsApp_APK
Step 2: Once the app has been installed, launch it on your device, and from the first tab you land on, navigate to the Settings option. Once you find it, give it a tap to head to the Settings tab.
Step 3: Upon landing here, you’ll notice multiple options listed, one of which would be of Fouad Mods.
When you select this option, you’ll find yet another list of options. In this list, look for Universal and give it a tap when you find it.
Step 4: Found yourself on a new tab? Locate another Settings option on this tab and select it.
You’ll come across various editable options; scroll down this list until you can find this option: Increase forward limit.
Next to this option would be an indicator. Adjust this indicator until it shows Forward messages up to 250 chats. Your job is now done!
Will the recipient know that the message has been forwarded to them?
Do you remember how we discussed multiple features added to WhatsApp to keep the undue forwarded messages in check? If you do, you’d also recall how we were going to talk about one of those features later. Well, now is the ideal time for that.
Here’s the thing:
When so many users began receiving so many forwarded messages from different sources, it became impossible to differentiate a real, genuine message from a fake, forwarded one. Due to this, people would believe in all sorts of useless stories considering them to be genuine.
At that point, it was essential for WhatsApp to help users tell forwarded messages from real ones. To do that, it rolled out the forwarded mark feature.
In this update, any message that you’ve not composed on your own but are forwarding from someone to someone else will have a small forwarded stamp on top. This will notify the recipient that they’re receiving a forwarded message. So, if the contents of that message were improper or false, they’ll have an easier time figuring it out.
In other words, any WhatsApp user can tell that a message has been forwarded to them by the sender.
How to prevent that from happening?
Suppose you need to forward a message to multiple people on WhatsApp but don’t want them to know about it. How will you achieve that? Well, with a simple trick. All you need to do is copy-paste the text first, paste it into one of your chats with someone, and then forward it ahead.
With this, we’ve reached the bottom of our blog. We started our quest today by talking about the feature of forwarded messages on WhatsApp. While the feature has been around for a long, long time in emails and text messages, when it was launched on this social media platform, it was exploited relentlessly.
So much so that it became paramount to exercise control on any kind of rumor or fake news from being forwarded. To do that, the WhatsApp Team launched a series of different features for the users in 2018, one of which was to limit the forwarded messages to only 5 chats at once.
Later, we learned about a third-party tool that could help you forward messages to more than 5 friends on WhatsApp. We’ve also added a link to lead you to it. Would you like our help with something else? Feel free to reach out to us in the comments section below.