WhatsApp has finally encrypted group video calling for everyone


According to a post on the WhatsApp Blog, the feature started its rollout yesterday (July 30).

WhatsApp had announced this feature at Facebook's F8 conference earlier this May.

If you use WhatsApp, starting today, you'll be able to make group video and voice calls.

As I noted before, limiting calls to just four people means you can't use it with large groups of friends and family; in contrast, iOS 12's FaceTime allows for up to 32 people at once. This is because WhatsApp's group video calling feature will show four cards for the four participants in the video call which is different from group video calling in FaceTime. Unfortunately, there isn't a way to quickly initiate a call with an entire WhatsApp group. The features were previously spotted in Android beta, hinting they will be made available soon. However, in the face of everything, the company is not slowing down when it comes to working on new features and gradually adding them to the platform. WhatsApp has introduced a dedicated button for group calls dubbed "add participant".

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"We believe that these changes - which we'll continue to evaluate - will help keep WhatsApp the way it was created to be: a private messaging 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.

People can be added only by the caller/host who starts the call.

Now up to four people can get involved.

How to make group video, audio calls on WhatsApp You will first need to make a one-on-one video or audio call on WhatsApp.