Group chats are about to become more appealing to everyone. In a new update announced on Monday, the chat app said it has officially rolled out group video calling to all users. With this, up to four people can now chat simultaneously within a group.
The company first made its plans to bring group video calling to its users back in May during the Facebook F8 developer conference. WhatsApp director Mubarik Imam made the announcement during the conference, indicating back then that the group video call will be one of few other changes that will be made to the app.
Now, regardless to where group members are located, up to four people will be able to make calls simultaneously on the app. What that means is that connections will not be hindered by the quality of network in any of the areas where any of the four users will be located. As expected, calls will be protected by WhatsApp’s end-to-end encryption technology.
“Over the last couple years, people have enjoyed making voice and video calls on WhatsApp. In fact, our users spend over 2 billion minutes on calls per day. We’re excited to announce that group calls for voice and video are coming to WhatsApp starting today,” WhatsApp said in a blog post.
To start a group video chat, simply tap the new “add participant” button in the top right corner to add more contacts to the call. The update is available to all devices including iOS and Android.
WhatsApp enabled video calling for its users way back in 2016 when the feature was rolled out to both iOS and Android users.
WhatsApp recently handed group admins the power to restrict the ability to post messages within a group. To enable the new setting, simply open “Group Info,” tap Group Settings > Send Messages and select “Only Admins.” The new feature is already rolling out to everyone around the world, and is only available in the latest version of the app.
Still trying to improve and make its group chat feature more attractive to everyone, a new ‘forwarded’ message label was added to the app. When next you forward a message to another user, a “Forwarded” label will appear at the top of the message.
Maybe not the kind of update many would have loved to see, but it does remove the stress of having to personally inform recipients of a message that the chat was copied.
It also solves the problem of not given proper credit to the original owner of a message, though it does not give room for the name of the owner to be added to the label. What that means is that all forwarded images will be labeled as “Forwarded,” and that is fine by me.
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