The new limit of eight participants for calls is active after the release of the new beta version of WhatsApp for Android and iOS
The video calls on WhatsApp will pass from 4 to 8 participants. This is one of the most relevant news on which the messaging app is workingWABetaInfo, WhatsApp specific information portal, the update that will bring the maximum number of participants to a call from 4 to 8 currently reserved for those who download the beta220.127.116.11 version on iOS or 2.20.133 on Android, but not yet clear when it will arrive in the stable version of the update.
Video calls on WhatsApp
We've made it easier than ever to start a group call from WhatsApp for groups of 4 or less. From your group chat tap the video or voice call icon to directly start a call with everyone in the chat!
– WhatsApp Inc. (@WhatsApp) April 7, 2020
Until now, the number of participants for group calls was four: too penalizing especially in this period in which billions of people are locked up at home and use WhatsApp to keep in touch with family, friends and work colleagues. By raising the limit up to eight people, WhatsApp is a candidate to be a valid alternative to manyvideo conferencing platforms in the workplace, Google Meet, Zoom, Microsoft Teams, Skypeabove all.
The WABetaInfo site that anticipates the news on WhatsApp also reports that in order to start a call with eight people, all other users must have downloaded the updated beta version of the application. If you want to organize a video call in a group that has more than the limit, the app will ask which ones you want to join.
How to make video calls on Whatsapp with 8 participants
Simple. You enter within the group, press the icon with the camera and a new window appears on the screen. At this point you have to press on the item New call group and select the contacts to add to the call. In case you want to add people not present in the group, that's enoughstart the video calland press the icon with lomino in the upper right corner and enter the name of the contact saved in the address book.
The news is already being tested in the latestversion of WhatsApp beta for Android and iOS, respectively the numbers 2.20.133 and 18.104.22.168. To test new video calls with eight participants, you only need toupdate your version of WhatsApp beta.
Among the latest changes introduced by WhatsApp is therestriction of message forwardingalready shared several times, in order to limit the spread of fake news. In mid-March, WABetaInfo had already announced the launch of the option for self-destructing messages.
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