WhatsApp iOS gains group calling for voice and video

Avatar By Le Williams | 2 years ago

Facebook-owned messaging platform WhatsApp has announced a new application for iOS and Android devices, now supporting group calling for voice and video.

WhatsApp users can make group calls with up to four people total by starting a one-on-one voice or video call and then tapping the “add participant” button in the top right corner of the app to add another contact to the call.

The messaging app says that its group calls are end-to-end encrypted and designed to work reliably around the world in a variety of different network conditions.

The feature, which was first announced by Facebook in May 2019 at its F8 developer event, is expanding to iPhone and Android users, with an anticipated extension to include availability for all users soon.

WhatsApp Messenger uses a smartphone’s Internet connection (4G/3G/2G/EDGE or Wi-Fi, as available) to enable users to message and call close contacts.

In order to start a group call, start a video, or voice call with one of the contacts, users will see a button at the top-right corner of the screen that will let allow them to add another participant to the call.

Once the call is 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. The user will be able to add up to three participants for a total of four people in a video or voice call.

WhatsApp notes that users are required to download the latest version of the app via Google Play Store and Apple App Store in order to take advantage of the new group call feature.