WhatsApp has been working on increasing the limit of participants in a group video call for the past couple of weeks. Now the popular messaging platform has finally started rolling out that the highly anticipated feature in the WhatsApp beta versions for iPhone and Android.
With the new beta versions, you can now add up to eight participants in a group voice or video call. This is a significant change as compared with the previous limit of four participants. WABetaInfo reported that the increased limit is gradually rolling out to devices running WhatsApp beta for iPhone v220.127.116.11 and WhatsApp beta for Android v2.20.133.
As the feature has been enabled for beta users, it is a clear indication that the increased group call limit will soon land on the stable version. As mentioned earlier, the feature is gradually rolling out for everyone on the latest beta versions. However, if you don’t see the increased call limit and eager to try, there is a workaround for you.
First of all, back up your chat history and then reinstall WhatsApp on your phone to get the updated configurations directly from the server. But if you are one of those lucky users who have already received the latest update, there are numerous ways (listed below) to start a group video call:
Steps To Make WhatsApp Group Calls With Increased Limit
Method 1: Making A Call In A Particular Group
Open the WhatsApp application and tap on the Call icon in a group to start a new group call. The call would start automatically if there are only four participants in that particular group. For larger groups with more than four participants, you need to choose the contacts that you want to add in a group call.
Notably, this feature doesn’t work with unsaved contacts. It means that you first have to save all those contacts before starting a group call. WABetaInfo noted that “other participants need to be on the same versions, otherwise they cannot be added in the group call.”
Method 2: Start A Direct Group Call
There is another convenient method for those people who don’t want to create a group. For starters, open the Calls tab and then tap the Call >> New group call buttons respectively. At this point, you will see an option to select the contacts for starting a group call.
Following Zoom’s security issues, WhatsApp crashed into an opportunity to grab the attention of remote workforce and individual users globally. Although most people use WhatsApp for casual chats, the new limit will allow small teams to conduct remote meetings. However, the company still needs to increase the limit to meet the needs of large companies.