Group calls over WhatsApp in the recent weeks have been a lot more. This is highly because of the less physical meetings and the global lockdown to contain the coronavirus. It is the reason that the app had applied some changes to the Call button in groups.
As long as you are in a small group with 4 participants, you can directly start a call without choosing the participants, because all participants will be automatically added in the call. Nevertheless, since this April, tests to allow for more participants have been ongoing.
According to WABetaInfo, WhatsApp is close to rolling out the possibility to add 8 participants in a group voice or video call – automatically. You just have to install the 126.96.36.199 iOS beta update for iOS or the 2.20.133 beta from Google Play. And to be part of the call, all the other participants need to be on the same versions.
How the new group calls participant limit works
To make a group voice or video call, tap the call button. If the group has more than the previous limit of 4 participants, WhatsApp will prompt you to choose which contacts to call. You can select up to 7 participants which plus you equals a total of 8 people in a single call.
In order for this to work, all of the participants need to install the same update. It won’t work if some people have the latest update while others have an older version of the app.
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