Announced last week, Facebook-owned WhatsApp has now released a new update for the iOS version of the app, which allows group video calling for up to eight people. Previously, the video call service had a limit of only 4 participants, which proved to be insufficient, especially during this quarantine period. Hence, the company's decision, perhaps a little late, to increase the number of participants in the group video call on WhatsApp.
Group video call to eight people with WhatsApp
The move to expand the number of users in a group video call comes after the significant increase in the use of video call services worldwide due to the coronavirus pandemic. Google has also recently expanded the group video call limit in Duo from 8 to 12 people and plans to extend it further.
It was discovered in mid-April that Facebook was trying to expand the group video call limit in WhatsApp. The company then went ahead with the project and made the announcement last week when it also announced Messenger Rooms the new Facebook service that allowed group video calls for up to 50 people.
New WhatsApp update
Here is the new update of WhatsApp on iOS that allows you to make group video calls up to 8 people.
WhatsApp Version 2.20.50 change-log:
- Video calls and group voice calls now support up to 8 participants. All participants must have the most recent version of WhatsApp.
- Improvements in visual elements for iOS 13 users including updating the message action menu.
If you use WhatsApp extensively for group video calls, the advanced group call limit will come in handy. Make sure to update the app from the App Store to also enjoy the other features. As read in change-log, the other participants in a group video call must also have the most recent version of WhatsApp, in order to be able to make a group video call with a maximum of eight participants.
If you use WhatsApp as an application to connect with your friends, this was a good choice for the company. But if you have never used this function and you don't know how to do it, I recommend you read our guide on how to make a group video call with WhatsApp.