WhatsApp group calls now allow up to 8 participants: here’s how to enable the feature

Recently, there were rumours that the popular instant messaging platform, WhatsApp will soon increase the number of participants in group calls and video calls. The Facebook-owned app currently allows only four people to join in on a call including the caller. This is the reason why during the lockdown, consumers flocked towards apps like Houseparty, Zoom and other video calling apps that offered a larger number of people to be connected on a call. Now, in an attempt to bring users back to its platform, WhatsApp is testing increased participants limit on its latest beta version and it might roll out to stable users soon.

WhatsApp group call participants limit increased

You can now add up to 8 participants in a WhatsApp group call

You can now add up to 8 participants in a WhatsApp group call

The upcoming feature was spotted by WABetaInfo, which is a website dedicated solely to the IM platform and has a good track record. There was a report a few days ago by the same publication that the IM app will allow seven additional participants apart from the caller to be added to a group call, voice or video. Now, WhatsApp has rolled out the feature in the latest beta update and if you have updated the beta version recently, you should be able to use this feature. While this may not match the number of participants being offered by other apps like Zoom and Hangouts, it is still a welcome addition for larger groups.

How to get WhatsApp increased group call limit

To be able to increase the participants limit to eight on WhatsApp, you and everyone else you want to add have to be beta users. Every user needs to have version 2.20.133 installed on Android and on iOS. Once you have made sure that everyone has the required WhatsApp version, you can simply start a video call with a friend and add more people as usual or click on the call button in the group and add seven participants.


Abhiman Biswas

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