WhatsApp has finally increased the limit of participants its voice and video calls can take at a time. The messaging app has increased the number of participants on calls from four to eight.
WABetaInfo, which tracks WhatsApp updates, first reported the move on its Twitter handle. The website wrote;
“WhatsApp is rolling out the new limit of participants in group calls, for iOS and Android beta users!”
📞 WhatsApp is rolling out the new limit of participants in groups calls, for iOS and Android beta users!https://t.co/bKmyR7HQg1
The new limit is: 8 participants in group calls!
— WABetaInfo (@WABetaInfo) April 21, 2020
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How to get the feature
— Update your WhatsApp version to the most recent Android and iOS beta updates. In order to be able to create a call with more than four participants, you need to have the 188.8.131.52 iOS beta update from TestFlight and the 2.20.133 beta from Google Play.
The other participants will only be able to join the call if they have also updated to the same versions.
— If you still don’t have the feature after updating your WhatsApp. You should back up your chat history and reinstall WhatsApp. Each time you reinstall WhatsApp, you download the recent configurations from the server, this will enable the feature for you.
WhatsApp also recently made an update to the Call button in groups earlier in the month. The update allows any participant in a small group with four participants or less to start a call without choosing the participants because all participants will automatically be added in the call.
The update is probably inspired by the need for people, family and friends to keep in touch more via video and audio calls due to the social distancing guidelines as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
This means families of more than four and less than eight can all be on the same call without abandoning their WhatsApp groups and using new platforms.
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