Recently, we reported that the Social media app Whatsapp is planning to increase the limit of participants for its group call. The chatting app is now rolling out the latest beta update of the increased group call limit for Android and Whatsapp users. As per a report, the company has increased the limit up to eight participants in a group video or voice call. Earlier the much anticipated increased group call limit was four only, which now has been doubled in order to take on other video conferencing apps like Zoom.
During the coronavirus pandemic, the business of the gaming sector and video conferencing apps and tools have been on a boom since all the countries have imposed lockdown to contain the spread.
Earlier, Wabetainfo released a report in which it hinted that WhatsApp’s plan to set a new limit of participants for its group call is in the pipeline in which the users will be able to create a call with more than 4 participants. However, this feature was under testing with Android and iOS beta versions only.
In a new development, the publisher has now found that the chatting platform has applied some new changes to the call button in groups. According to the reports, those users who were a part of a small group with 4 participants will be able to make a direct call to all the four group members without having to choose the participant because automatically all the members will be added in the call. This feature was under testing allowing to add more than 4 participants in a call which also includes adjusting the UI to allow to see more participants.
The social media app is rolling out the iOS and Android beta update to everyone with the possibility to add 8 participants in a group voice or video call. “Precisely, you need to install the 126.96.36.199 iOS beta update from TestFlight and the 2.20.133 beta from Google Play. Other participants need to be on the same versions, otherwise, they cannot be added in the group call,” the report added.
For making a group voice or video call the beta users have to open a group and tap the call button. If the group has more than four members in a group that app will ask to choose the contacts you wish to call. Those members who have not saved your contact won’t be added in the call. Or you need to open the calls tab in your app then tap the call button. After that, you can select a new group call in which you can select contacts you wish to call.
The new feature will be useful to those who are well aware of the other video calling tools or apps other than WhatsApp to keep in touch with their family or friends stuck far away from home due to lockdown.
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