The latest version of WhatsApp Beta now supports up to 8 participants for group calls. This new feature is live for both audios as well as video calls. A few days back, WhatsApp was rumored to be working on a group call feature and finally, it’s here. It’s available for beta users of WhatsApp.
As mentioned earlier, you will only get the feature now if you are a beta user. If not then you might want to wait for a couple of days or weeks for WhatsApp to push the update to stable releases. It was first spotted by all-time famous WhatsApp tipster, WABetaInfo. The group calling feature for both audio and video calls are live on WhatsApp beta version 2.20.133 on Android and 18.104.22.168 on iOS.
To get this option, if you are already a beta user then open Google Play Store or App Store and update WhatsApp to the latest beta version. To begin a new video call with up to 8 people, you need to open the particular WhatsApp group and then tap on the ‘call’ icon on the top right corner. Now, it will ask you to select up to 7 contacts and you can begin the call.
Make sure that all people in the list you selected have the latest beta version installed on their Android or iOS device. If someone is using the stable version or older beta version then an error message will appear telling “Several people are using an old version of WhatsApp. To start calls with 6 people (any number over 4), all participants need the latest version of WhatsApp.”
Apart from the group calling within a group, you can also add multiple contacts from your chat and do a group call as well. Tap on the call icon from the bottom right corner and then select ‘New Group Call’. Select up to 7 people and you are done. Make sure that all the contacts you selected are having the latest WhatsApp build itself.
If you are not a WhatsApp Beta user then wait for some days and the feature will be rolled out to the stable build.