We have already been acquainted with the WhatsApp group calling feature. Now, this feature has finally started rolling out with both voice and video support. Initially revealed in October last year, the group calling feature on the Facebook-owned messaging app was officially announced by Facebook at its annual F8 developer conference in May this year. So, now this new WhatsApp feature is available for users around the world on iOS and Android. Of course, users also need to remember that, the group calling feature supports up to four people at the same time. WhatsApp users are claimed to be spending over 2 billion minutes on calls per day, meaning the group video calls was a highly-anticipated feature.
Video calls have been supported by WhatsApp since 2016, but until now they were limited to two participants. So, now, the latest announcement by WhatsApp states that it’s a good thing that the app is now starting to add group video calling to its iOS and Android app that supports up to four people. WhatsApp, in fact, added that this new feature is engineered to work under slow network conditions. Additionally, calls are end-to-end encrypted, like all chats on the messaging app.
Now, in order to start a group call, users need to start a video or voice call with one of the contacts. Following this, a button at the top-right corner of the screen would let users add another participant to the call. Once the call gets connected, an Add Person icon is shown on the top right, above the names of the recipient. Next, if the third user accepts the call, both the names would be shown with a comma separating them. So, users would be able to add up to three participants for a total of four people in a video or voice call. For this, users need to download the latest version of the WhatsApp app via Google Play Store and Apple App Store.
In comparison, Facebook Messenger supports group video calls of up to 50 and Skype supports 25. Meanwhile, Snapchat supports 16 participants and Apple’s FaceTime would work with up to 32 people when iOS 12 launches later this year.