Published: Tue, July 31, 2018
Hi-Tech | By Grace Becker

WhatsApp Introduces Group Video Calls for Upto 4 people

WhatsApp Introduces Group Video Calls for Upto 4 people

Back in June this year, Instagram also launched their video calling feature with the ability to do a four-way group video chat, as one browses.

The company made the announcement in a blog post on Tuesday.

WhatsApp had announced this feature at Facebook's F8 conference earlier this May. The new group call feature is rolling out to both platforms at the same time, and lets app users set up multi-way video or voice calls. For now, one group video call can support up to four people simultaneously.

Start a one-on-one voice or video call.

WhatsApp assures that the group calls will be end-to-end encrypted and will be able to work efficiently from anywhere in the world in different network conditions.

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The group calling feature is now rolling out on the iPhone and Android versions of WhatsApp. The feature is now rolling out globally, so if you don't see it just yet, hold tight for a day or two. With WhatsApp's solution only supporting four participants and now only available for mobile users, it seems it's not aiming at Skype just yet.

When you add a participant in the video call, that person will be notified of the call along with the remaining participants you have chosen. Of course, there's the difference that WhatsApp requires a phone number for each account. Tapping it does exactly what it should: it dismisses the notification and marks the message as read so it doesn't resurface when you open the app or get another notification. It's unclear which version of the app is required for group calls, but updating to the latest version is always recommended.

FaceTime in iOS 12 will offer support for adding up to 32 people in a group FaceTime call.

After all the participants have accepted the invitation, the screen will split into four screens with each member featuring in each box.

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