You can now have up to 8 participants in a group call. Last week, WhatsApp was rumored to be working to increase the limit on the number of participants in a group call – be it a video or audio call. Merely a few days later, the increased group calling limit has rolled out to Whats App beta users.
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The Facebook-owned company was spotted testing the feature very recently and it is surprising to see the roll out happening this fast. That said, WhatsApp is adding the feature to only beta versions now. After testing, the company will add the same to stable versions of iOS and Android. It is said that Whats App Android Beta version 2.20.132 and iOS beta app version 18.104.22.168 will offer the feature.
Along with this mechanism, Whataspp has also come up with Facebook Messenger rooms, a facility to “Create your own room.”
With the addition of more participants support, WhatsApp is looking to take on other video calling apps like Zoom and Google Meet. To begin a group call with more than 4 participants (which was the previous limit), simply jump into a group conversation and tap the call button at the top right. Then, select those you want to invite for a call. You can add up to 7 participants, which makes the total 8 when you count yourself.
Considering the group call renewal, it is said that now, if you want to start a group call with people who you don’t share a group, then you can head to the ‘Calls’ tab. Tap the ‘call’ bubble at the bottom right and select the ‘New group call’ option. Now, pick the participants, start a video/audio call, and have fun.
One of the caveats of the increased group calling limit in its current form is that all of the participants need to be on the latest version of Whats App. The messaging app just spews out an error message that reads “Several people are using an old version of WhatsApp. To start calls with 6 people (any number over 4), all participants need the latest version of Whats App.” Whats App is now ready to take on Google Duo and House party amidst the lock down, now with the increased group call limit.