WhatsApp has added a much-requested feature to its platform this week – the ability to make encrypted voice and video calls between up to four people at a time.
WhatsApp’s 1.5 billion users have spent over 2 billion minutes making calls on the app every day, and now they will be able to open their conversations to others as well. Starting this week, WhatsApp is adding group calling for voice and video to its app.
Users can make group calls with up to four people total – anytime and anywhere. As long as they’ve got an internet connection, that is. It’s straightforward to do. Simply start “a one-on-one voice or video call and tap the new ‘add participant’ button in the top right corner to add more contacts to the call.”
WhatsApp explains that group calls “are always end-to-end encrypted,” which is very impressive since not even Telegram has been able to do this just yet. Also, they have been designed to “work reliably around the world in different network conditions” so you might not have that much of an issue with unreliable internet connections.
The new feature is currently rolling out on iOS and Android devices.