Published: Tue, July 31, 2018
Tech | By Tabitha Holland

WhatsApp now supports group calls for voice and video

WhatsApp now supports group calls for voice and video

The company had previously announced that it was working on the feature during Facebook's F8 developer conference in May. You can add up to three participants for a total of four people in a video or voice call.

Facebook-owned WhatsApp on Tuesday rolled out its group calling feature - for both voice and video options - on iOS and Android devices for its 1.5 billion users. There's no news on other platforms supporting the feature just yet, so those users will likely have to wait a while.

After all the participants have accepted the invitation, the screen will split into four screens with each member featuring in each box. The group support is available for both video and audio call formats. The feature is now rolling out on the iPhone and Android versions of our app. And while WhatsApp may not offer that, it does give iOS and Android users a way to all communicate in a group call together.

You can only invite one new participant at a time, and you can't invite a fourth caller until the third has joined.

People can be added only by the caller/host who starts the call. The firm has extended its end-to-end encryption feature to group calls so you and your group can chat more securely.

WhatsApp notes that its group video and voice calls are end-to-end encrypted, and it has been created to work properly across the world with varying network conditions. The Mark as Read button on WhatsApp Beta finds its place in the notifications panel where it will allow the users to mark a particular user's messages as seen without needing to open the app.

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