WhatsApp has incresaed the number of participants you can have on a single group call in the latest beta update. The Whatsapp group call participant limit increase come as a move to keep communication on during this ‘quarantine‘ season for whatsapp users.
According to WABETAInfo, this feature is available on the beta versions of the Android app (ver 2.20.133) and on iOS (ver 184.108.40.206).
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The new update allows you to have a group call with a maximum of 8 participants, which is double the previous limit. You can select up to 7 participants which plus you equals a total of 8 people in a single call. To do a group voice or video call, you have two ways:
First way is to Open a group and tap the Call button: if the group has a number of participants higher than the old limit (4) in a call, WhatsApp will ask which contacts you wish to call to, otherwise the call will be directly started. Though Group participants that aren’t saved in your address book won’t be added in the call.
Second way is to Open the Calls tab, tap the Call button, then select New group call: here you can select which contact to 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.
These features are currently on the beta app which means you will need to install a beta version of WhatsApp if you’re not on the beta channel.
Thanks to the new limit, you can keep in touch with your family and friends better. This is one of the best decision taken by WhatsApp during this quarantine – curfew season: we can stay safe at home, but we can meet virtually more people we love using WhatsApp. The new feature was pushed very quickly to meet the needs of the many millions of its users that without choice have self isolated and quarantined.
As given on WABetainfo; WhatsApp calls are end-to-end encrypted, so WhatsApp, Facebook and third parties can’t listen to them. Enjoy with the new limit!