WHATSAPP Users Can Now Take Part In Video Calls With Up To 8 People At Once. Here Is How To Do It.

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Previously, the Facebook-owned WhatsApp only permitted four people you and the other three to have a group chat at once. But after the latest update that was rolled out this week, the app now allows a total of  8 people at once. Now you know.

The US-based company said that the video call feature had been developed “lower-end devices and slow network conditions” This development comes as millions and millions of people currently under lockdown turn to online platforms for the purposes of sharing information.

WhatsApp also retaliated that the global Coronavirus pandemic “has meant that many of us are isolated from friends and family”.

“People all over the world turning to voice and video calling on WhatsApp more than ever before”. The company said.

Other notable chat apps already permitting large groups of people to engage video calls includes; Apple’s FaceTime, which lets up to 32 people chat at once. Zoom lets you video-conference with hundreds of people at once.

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Facebook had announced its indented plan to increase WhatsApp video call limits last week.

“As before, these calls are secured with end-to-end encryption, So no one else can view or listen to your private conversation, not even WhatsApp.” The firm said

Facebook also announced another new feature called Messenger Room, available on the Facebook app. This feature allows up to 50 persons to engage in a video call including those who do not a Facebook account.

To make a group video call from a group:

  1. Go to the group you want to video call.
  2. If your group chat has five or more participants, tap Group call.
    • If your group chat has four or fewer participants, tap Video call. In this case, the call will immediately begin.
  3. Search for or select the contacts you want to add to the call.
  4. Tap Video Call.

To make a group video call from the CALLS tab:

  1. Go to the Calls tab.
  2. Tap New call  > New group call.
  3. Search for or select the contacts you want to add to the call.
  4. Tap Video Call.
To make a group video call from an individual chat:
  1. Open the chat with one of the contacts you want to video call.
  2. Tap Video call.
  3. Once the contact accepts the call, tap Add Participant.
  4. Search for or select another contact you want to add to the call. If prompted, tap ADD.
Note:
  • Make sure you and your contacts have strong Internet connections when placing or receiving group video calls. The quality of the video call will depend on the contact with the weakest connection.
  • When you receive a group video call, the incoming WHATSAPP VIDEO CALL screen will show the participants currently on the call, and the first contact listed will be the participant that added you.
  • During a group video call, you have the option to turn your video off by tapping Video off.
  • You can’t remove a contact during a group video call. The contact would need to hang up their phone to disconnect from the call.
  • Group video call history will appear in the CALLS tab. You can tap the call history to view the individual contacts from the call.
  • While it’s possible to be in a group video call with someone you’ve blocked, you can’t add a contact that you’ve blocked to the call or a contact that has blocked you.

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