Facebook owned WhatsApp had first launched voice calling way back in 2014 and video calling in 2016. With over 65 billion messages and 2 billion minutes of voice as well as video calls each day, there was indeed a great need for a group voice or video call.
Well, your wishes have finally come true. On the 30th of July, WhatsApp had officially announced about their Group Calling for Voice and Video.
WhatsApp’s Group Calling announcement –
This new feature is a small step compared to all the other voice or video calling apps. It’s considered small because it allows just about 4 people.
Whereas, Facebook’s Messenger allows a video call up to 50 people’. Skype allow about 25 people. Snapchat allows 16 people. Also, as soon as iOS 12 is released, Apple too will allow about 32 people on its FaceTime.
Well, nevertheless, this new feature still seems to be good when compared to its initial two people voice or video call.
More Insight –
The feature became live with WhatsApp making the announcement on its blog by saying the following –
“Over the last couple years, people have enjoyed making voice and video calls on WhatsApp. In fact, our users spend over 2 billion minutes on calls per day. We’re excited to announce that group calls for voice and video are coming to WhatsApp starting today.”
This feature was initially noticed in October, 2017 and it was officially announced at Facebook’s annual F8 developer conference. The conference was held in May, 2018, at San Jose.
The group calling feature happen to have few additional key points –
- WhatsApp makes sure that this feature tends to work across the entire world and even under slow network conditions.
- The calls, much like the messages or media, is end-to-end encrypted.
- It is available for both Android as well as iOS, provided the user has the latest version of WhatsApp downloaded.
You can download it from the Play Store by clicking here and from the Apple Store by clicking here.
How to use this feature?
To try out this new feature all you need to do is follow these simple steps –
Step 1) Go to one of the chats with whom you want to start the video/voice call.
Step 2) Click on the call icon or the video call icon on top right corner next to the 3 dots.
Step 3) During the call, you could 2 more members by clicking on the icon present at the top right corner of the call screen.
Step 4) This leads you to the list of members who you could add. Just search and select.
Step 5) Click on ‘Add’ option on the pop-up dialogue. And thus, you now have a secure voice or video call with 4 people.