How To Add More Than 256 Members To A WhatsApp Group


WhatsApp keeps bringing new updates but it still hasn’t been able to provide features as good as some third-party apps like GBWhatsApp. The capacity to add 256 members to a group sounds like a pretty good improvement but is that possible with the original WhatsApp? Those who have downloaded and are using GBWhatsApp might know that it already has that feature, unlike WhatsApp. Recently there has been news surrounding that people can add up to 256 members in a WhatsApp group. This has got many WhatsApp users excited and some have even tried adding more than 256 members to a WhatsApp group.WhatsApp


In this post, we are going to see whether it’s possible to add 256 members to WhatsApp or not. We will also check out how to add more than 256 to a group and further improve the features of WhatsApp for free.

Ways To Add More Than 256 Members to A WhatsApp Group

Use GBWhatsAppGB WhatsApp

One of the best ways to add more than 256 members to the group is to use a reliable third-party app like GBWhatsApp. GB WhatsApp is one of the best third-party apps that have many different features. You can easily add more than 256 members to the group. The best part is, that the group members don’t have to download the GBWhatsApp to join the group. They can join the group if they are using the original WhatsApp. 


Features of GBWhatsApp do not stop just here. Apart from adding up to 500 members in a group, you can add many other customization and privacy features to this app including adding stickers and freezing last seen. Many APK versions are not available for iOS but it’s not the same with GBWhatsApp. You can download GBWhatsApp on iOS devices too. Plus you can use GB WhatsApp on Windows PC through an Android emulator.

Use FMWhatsAppFM WhatsApp

FMWhatsApp is another reliable third-party app that you can use to add more than 256 members to the group. Like GBWhatsApp, the other users don’t need to use FMWhatsApp to join the group. You can add any of your contacts who are using WhatsApp. Plus, you can use some interesting features that are not available on the original WhatsApp. If GBWhatsApp doesn’t suit you, then you can go for this third-party app.

This app also provides multiple customization features that you can use. You can download FM WhatsApp on PC too but you would need to download an android emulator first. You can download and use it only through an android emulator. You add members to the group in the same way as you do in the original WhatsApp. The only limitation of this app is that you can’t use it on iOS devices.

This method is pretty simple and you can bypass the group members’ limit with this. You need to go to that group in which you want to invite others. Then go to group info scroll down and tap on the “invite via the link”. Choose any one option to use your invite link. Now, share the invite link with people whom you want to add to the group.

open the group


open group info


invite via link

share the link

After this, all the people that you have invited need to tap on the link and they will get added to the group. You can also disable the link if you don’t want to add members via the link any further. To that, you would need to revoke the link by selecting it. You can try this method on both WhatsApp and WhatsApp Business.


Use ES ExplorerES Explorer

This solution for adding 256 members on WhatsApp is pretty tricky so this should be your last resort. For this method, you would need your mobile phone to be already rooted. Then you would download the ES Explorer from the Play Store and after this, you can use the steps mentioned below to add 256 members on WhatsApp. Before following the steps, you must check whether the root explorer is on.

Step 1: Open the app and then tap on the “three lines” icon and select the “Device” option.

Step 2: Now you will see different folders, find the “Data” folder and click on it.

Step 3: Open the com.WhatsApp folder, after which you see another folder with the name “shared_prefs”.

Step 4: Open the “shared_prefs” folder and then you will get the “com.whatsapp_prefer” folder.

Step 5: Now select the “com.whatsapp_prefer” file. Tap on the “Properties” option and then tap on “Change”. Give all the permissions by ticking on it.

Step 6: Now open the file in HTML format and then change the participants_size_limit to any number more than 256.

After following the steps mentioned above, you can add 256 members or more. It would be better to avoid using your primary device for using this method because you would need to root the device. Rooting a device is not safe and can cause security issues. This method is not as reliable as the others, and this is why it should be your last option.


Despite being so successful, WhatsApp still lacks in some areas and the WhatsApp group members limit is one of them. Many people look for different methods for more than 256 members in the group but often fail. But if you use apps like GBWhatsApp and FMWhatsApp then you would be able to have 256 members or more in WhatsApp groups with no hassle. Plus, you will get to use some other exclusive features too!

The fourth method is still not the most reliable and can even fail because it can be quite tricky for some people. Apart from this, you also need a rooted phone to follow the third method. Rooting a phone is not a very safe option. Therefore, you should only use this method if you have tried everything and nothing is working out for you. 

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