WhatsApp group calling feature with both voice and video support is finally live. Last year in the month of October, a group calling on the Facebook-owned messaging app was officially announced by Facebook at its annual F8 developer conference in May this year. This new WhatsApp feature is now available for users around the world on iOS and Android. The group calling feature supports to join up to four people at the same time. WhatsApp users are said to be spending over 2 billion minutes on calls per day, meaning the group video calls was a highly-anticipated feature.
Video calls support in WhatsApp is since 2016, but until now they were limited to two members. The app is now allowing adding group video calling to its iOS and Android app and it allows up to four people, the company has declared. WhatsApp said that the new feature is engineered to work under slow network conditions. Additionally, calls are now end-to-end encrypted, like all other chats on the app.
In order to start a group video or voice call with one of the contacts. Following this, one will see a button at the top-right corner of the screen that will allow adding another participant to the call. Once the call gets connected, an Add Person icon will be shown on the top right, above the names of the recipient. Next, if the third user accepts the call, both the names will be shown. One will be able to add up to three participants for a total of four people in a video or voice call. Do note that one needs to download the latest version of the WhatsApp app from Google Play Store and Apple App Store.
Comparing, Facebook Messenger supports group video calls of up to 50 and Skype supports 25. Whereas, Snapchat supports 16 participants and Apple’s FaceTime will work with up to 32 people when iOS 12 is launched later this year.