Latest Beta version of WhatsApp group calls allows 8 Users on Android, iPhone

In its latest beta versions of WhatsApp, the chat app has rolled out the anticipated increased group call limit in the latest beta versions on Android and iPhone. 

by Roselet Sheena Merli

Updated: Apr 21, 2020 18:16 IST

Tags: App News Tech
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8 participants in WhatsApp Group call

The new beta versions of Whatsapp supports up to eight participants in a group video or voice call. The latest version has doubled the number of participants from four earlier. 

Whatsapp recently reported being working on increasing the group calling limit to stay relevant in these times of social distancing. WhatsApp took on other popular video conferencing apps like Zoom and Google Duo with this new increased limit as businesses and classrooms deal with lockdowns.

The increased limit was rolled out to users on WhatsApp v2.20.133 beta for Android and WhatsApp v2.20.50.25 beta for iPhone. WhatsApp has enabled the new feature for beta users on both platforms. It indicates that the feature should roll out soon on the stable version as well.

How to call 8 participants?

As per the WhatsApp features tracker, the users should update the latest beta versions to create a call with up to eight participants. Update the app, try and back up your chat history. Then reinstall WhatsApp to get the most updated configurations from the server. The tracker notes that WhatsApp is gradually rolling it out, and all users should get activation from the server in a few hours. 
To place a group call on WhatsApp, open the group and click on the call button on the top right. If the group has more than 8 participants, WhatsApp will ask which contacts you wish to call, otherwise, the call will be directly started. Group participants that aren't saved in your address book will not be added in the call.

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