After what feels like forever for some users, WhatsApp has updated its messaging service with support for group video calls. This will allow you to chat with up to three people simultaneously on its Android and iOS apps.
If you are itching to try this feature out, you’ll need to follow a few, easy steps.
- First, make sure your app is updated to the latest version.
- Start a one-on-one video call with a contact like you normally would.
- Then, tap the “add participant” button at the top right of your screen.
- And voila! You’re making a video call with more than one person.
One-on-one video calls were introduced to the application in 2016 and voice-calling in 2014. Its users spend up to 2 billion minutes per day talking on the phone. But WhatsApp took its time adding this feature that allows you to call more people at a time, regardless of where you are.
WhatsApp calls reportedly have end-to-end encryption like standard messages on the platform.
Facebook, the parent company for both WhatsApp and Instagram, announced in May at its F8 developer conference that it was building this feature (group calling with both voice and video support) for both apps. The feature became available on Facebook in June, with the same four-person limit.
The feature is engineered to work under less-than-stellar network conditions, according to the company, so you can video chat a friend or family member from wherever you are as long as you can connect to the internet.
Although this is good news for many active WhatsApp users, iOS 12’s FaceTime allows for up to 32 people at once.
Either way, this feature is rolling out today to its 1.5 billion monthly active users, so enjoy!