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Being able to stay in touch while social distancing is really important, and with the extended lockdown, we’ve come to rely on apps that help us make group calls. Beyond messaging, WhatsApp’s encryption extends to voice and video calls as well. As the platform explains, “just like your messages, WhatsApp calls are end-to-end encrypted so WhatsApp and third parties can’t listen to them.” As we all rely ever more on video calls to replace face-to-face meet-ups, this is a big deal.
On WhatsApp, you can do an audio-only or video group call with up to four people. WhatsApp is a good alternative to Zoom for smaller groups as it uses end-to-end encryption (unlike Zoom).
The issue for users right now is the limit on the number of people who can join in a video call—currently just four. But that’s about to change. As discovered by the ever-vigilant beta code detectives at WABetaInfo, the number of callers is about to increase. The code to expand video calling is buried in both the beta iOS and Android apps, so it’s a change for everyone, but only if all callers have the latest version of the app installed once it’s released.
You'll be able to get in touch with your family and friends better, thanks to the new group call limit, available within the next weeks.
This is the best decision taken by @WhatsApp: we can stay safe at home, but we can meet virtually more people we love though WhatsApp ?. #RT https://t.co/M0DsObrTmS
— WABetaInfo (@WABetaInfo) April 16, 2020
While the interface looks a little different on Android than it does on iOS, the basic steps for making group calls are the same.
Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to make group calls on WhatsApp:
From the “Calls” section:
From a group chat:
WhatsApp says this new feature isn’t yet available for everyone; we will update this article once the update has rolled out to our devices.
You can also add more people to a one-on-one call. Here’s how: