WhatsApp Update: You Will Soon Be Able To Make Group Calls From a Group Chat
Group calling was a much-anticipated feature on WhatsApp, and the messaging app finally got it earlier this year. However, if you hate the process of adding individual users right now, here’s a good news for you.
WhatsApp will soon enable you to start a group call straight from the group chat, letting you add up to three participants to the call in one go.
WABetaInfoÂ saysÂ WhatsApp will present a list of all possible participants in the group. Thankfully, this doesnâ€™t show you the people in the group that are not saved in your contacts on the phone, which otherwise would have been a privacy nightmare.
Of course, this doesnâ€™t increase the number of participants you can add in a group call. You are restricted to three other contacts for the time being. You can also choose to switch to a voice call from a video call and vice versa, depending on your groupâ€™s preference. If you try to select more than 3 participants, WhatsApp will present you an alert:
The changes were spotted in the iOS app but itâ€™s unlikely that itâ€™s an exclusive feature as most WhatsApp users are on Android. Weâ€™ll keep you updated once the feature hits the Android beta version of WhatsApp.
The group calling button is especially useful for smaller group chats â€“ such as a family of four â€“ as you can instantly add all members for a group call. Itâ€™s also great for smaller teams and for tele-meetings at startups.