WhatsApp brings group video calling to Android and iOS

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WhatsApp group calls
Enjoy group calls on WhatsApp today.
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WhatsApp’s new group video calling feature is now available to users on Android and iOS.

Users can chat with up to three others simultaneously, regardless of their location. WhatsApp says the feature has been designed to work even over unreliable network connections, so you have no excuse not to stay in touch.

WhatsApp first promised group video and voice calls for its 1.5 billion active users in May during the Facebook F8 developer conference. Until now, only one-to-one conversations have been supported.

Now up to four people can get involved.

WhatsApp makes conference calls easy

Not everyone uses an iPhone with FaceTime. Not everyone uses Facebook anymore. But almost everybody is using WhatsApp to keep in touch with friends, family, and colleagues regardless of their location or the platform they’re using.

That’s why group support on WhatsApp is so important to so many — and now you can enjoy it on Android and iOS starting today.

To set up a group call, you first need to start a one-to-one voice or video call. You can then tap the new “add participant” button shown in the top-right corner of the screen to add other contacts to the call.

Group calls, just like text messages, are end-to-end encrypted, and WhatsApp says they’ve been designed to work reliably around the world “in different network conditions.”