21 May 2018
WhatsApp group video call is live, here's everything to know
The feature, which appears to be in beta-testing, is currently available on WhatsApp iOS build 2.18.52 and Android beta version 2.18.145+.
Notably, this appears to be a limited roll-out and not everyone will see it live yet.
News site WABetaInfo first reported about this feature going live
PLEASE! Check if group calls are enabled for you (iOS / Android).— WABetaInfo (@WABetaInfo) May 18, 2018
You need to be VERY lucky!
How to check: do a normal call and check if there is a new button “Add participant”. https://t.co/FAyRkI9oc7
How to check if the feature is live for you?
Step 1: Open WhatsApp and select a participant you wish to call.
Step 2: Make a normal call.
Step 3: Check if there is a new "Add participant" button.
If there is, then you will be able to add others to the video call.
Further, a total of four people will be able to participate in a single split-screen conference call over WhatsApp.
The feature doesn't work with an invitation system
WhatsApp for iOS 2.18.52: group calls!— WABetaInfo (@WABetaInfo) May 18, 2018
It’s available for a few users only and it doesn’t work with an invitation system.
You need to be ****VERY**** lucky!
The same is valid for Android beta 2.18.145+! pic.twitter.com/qsDprH3VBQ
Do you know?
2 billion minutes of calls are made on WhatsApp daily
Over 2 billion minutes of video and voice calls are made on WhatsApp daily. Notably, WhatsApp already allows users to switch from a voice call to a video call just by tapping a button. Under this, a video button appears during voice calls.