WhatsApp is now rolling out one of its most anticipated features to everyone — group calling. The feature went live in the beta channel a few weeks ago and today, it’s available to all of WhatsApp’s over 1.5 billion users on iOS as well as Android.
Announced originally at Facebook’s developer conference, group calling on WhatsApp can be done in both, voice and video formats with up to four people at once. To reveal the option to add other users, you’ll have to first commence a normal one-on-one call and then, tap the plus icon to bring more people into the conversation.
In addition, the Facebook-owned messaging app says group calls are end-to-end encrypted as well which essentially means the company doesn’t store and can’t snoop on your calls. Like other WhatsApp features, group calling is designed to function more reliably on patchy networks too. To get the new feature, head over to the Play Store or App Store and update the WhatsApp application. With the announcement, WhatsApp also revealed that its users spend over a whopping 2 billion minutes on calls every day.
Group calling is just one of the major features the messaging app has released in the last couple of months. WhatsApp recently also added a bunch of new administrative tools to improve the group chat experience. In addition, the company has been working towards curbing its fake news issues by features such as forward labels.