Call the squad: WhatsApp users can now make group voice and video calls with up to four people at a time.
“Over the last couple years, people have enjoyed making voice and video calls on WhatsApp. In fact, our users spend over two billion minutes on calls per day,” WhatsApp posted on its blog
With that in mind, the messaging company under Facebook has rolled out group calls for voice and video for both iOS and Android users.
The feature works a little like setting up a chat group – first, start a one-on-one voice or video call, then tap the new “add participant” button on the top right corner to add more contacts to the call.
WhatsApp claims that group calls are always end-to-end encrypted, and designed to work reliably around the world in different network conditions.
This suggests that video quality may be reduced to accommodate slower network speeds, or possibly downgraded to voice calls even.
The announcement did not elaborate if a future update will allow more people to be added in a group call.