22 May 2020
As audio and video calls have become the go-to method for staying in touch with loved ones and colleagues, all such apps and services have started to improve their functionalities. Google Duo recently expanded group calling participant limit to 12 people and now, WhatsApp is said to be working on something similar.
The latest WhatsApp beta is said to be capable of supporting up to 8 people in group audio and video calls. This is a major update over the previously applied limit of only 4 people. The process for starting a group video call is the same as before where users can add additional recipients with simple taps. It is worth noting that all users should be on the latest app version otherwise they will not be able to join in.
This new functionality is limited to beta testing but is said to be in the rolling out phase. It means while not everyone has received the feature, some have started to receive it. WhatsApp has further announced a new feature that improves the group calling experience for smaller groups.
For WhatsApp groups with up to four members, tapping on the group video calling button will automatically add all members. A user will not have to add members manually which will eventually save time. It is a feature that has been rolled out for everyone around the world.
We've made it easier than ever to start a group call from WhatsApp for groups of 4 or less. From your group chat tap the video or voice call icon to directly start a call with everyone in the chat! 🙌— WhatsApp Inc. (@WhatsApp) April 7, 2020