WhatsApp has been updated with new features involving group audio and video calling. While WhatsApp itself hasn’t confirmed the news officially, features are available for Android beta version. In May, Facebook had confirmed group video calling at its annual F8 conference. During the conference, it has announced that the feature would be rolled out by the end of this year. However, it looks like the official release for the public could happen soon.
The group video calling is also available on WhatsApp iOS build 2.18.52, though only for a select few. In May, the audio call feature was rolled out for WhatsApp iOS version 2.18.60 but again limited for a select few. It is not clear when the group audio and video will be available for the public but here’s how you can access the features right now:
WhatsApp group audio and video calling are right now available for Android beta testers. but the video and voice calling feature can be enabled by updating the app to beta version 2.18.189 and v2.18.192 respectively. The beta testers get early access to those features that might not be there in the final release.
WhatsApp Android users can easily become a beta tester. Here are the steps:
Open WhatsApp app in Google Play Store and scroll down to find the “Become a beta tester” tab. Click on the tab and accept the joining option. It might take a few hours before the WhatsApp enrolls the user in its beta programme. It can be left at any time, the user only has to click on “Leave the testing program” option.
This new feature of WhatsApp group calling allows adding 3 participants including the person who initiated the audio or video call. The official version might have the option of adding more participants but for that, we’ll have to wait.