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To start a group call, start a one-on-one video or voice call with a single person.

To enjoy the feature, you need to make sure your WhatsApp is up to date.

Its parent company, Facebook, announced back at its F8 conference in May that it was building the feature for both WhatsApp and Instagram.

WhatsApp announced this on Monday via its blog post that it is making the much anticipated group video and audio calls available for all the users across the globe now.

Group FaceTime allows up to 32 people to join a video call at the same time.




The company also claims that group calls are end-to-end encrypted and are created to work on different networks.

Video calls have been supported by WhatsApp since 2016, but until now they were limited to two participants. It's unclear which version of the app is required for group calls, but updating to the latest version is always recommended.

WhatsApp also reassures users that just like their messages, group calls are encrypted end-to-end, so those who are anxious about privacy or WhatsApp recording their call sessions, worry not. WhatsApp has introduced a dedicated button for group calls dubbed "add participant". There's no news on other platforms supporting the feature just yet, so those users will likely have to wait a while. "And as we've added new features, we've been careful to try and keep that feeling of intimacy, which people say they love", the company explained on July 30.

People can be added only by the caller/host who starts the call.


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