Facebook owned popular messaging app, WhatsApp has rolled out the much-awaited group calling feature with both voice and video support. However, WhatsApp has been supporting Video calls since 2016, but until now they were limited to 2 users. This new group calling feature on WhatsApp will support up to 4 people at the same time. This new feature is now officially available on iOS and Android users around the globe.
The company announced that they have now started to add group video calling to its iOS and Android app and WhatsApp also says that this new feature is developed to work under slow network conditions. Additionally, calls will be end-to-end encrypted, like all chats on the messaging app.
How to start this new group calling feature on WhatsApp:
Make a video/voice call with one of your contacts. While calling, you will find a new button at the top-right corner of the screen that will let you 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 will be shown with a comma separating them. You will be able to add up to 3 users for a total of 4 people in a video/voice call. If you have not got this new option on your WhatsApp yet? Then you need to download/update the latest version of the WhatsApp app via Google Play Store or Apple App Store.
Similarly, Facebook Messenger supports group video calls in which you can add up to 50 users and Skype supports up to 25 users. Meanwhile, Snapchat supports 16 participants and Apple’s FaceTime will work with up to 32 people when iOS 12 launches later this year.