WhatsApp group voice and video call limit to increase with new update

By Digit NewsDesk | Published on 17 Apr 2020

WhatsApp could increase the limit on a group video call with upcoming update.

WhatsApp currently supports up to four people on a video call.

Google Duo supports up to 12 people on a group video call.

WhatsApp group voice and video call limit to increase with new update

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WhatsApp could increase the current group video call limit on its messaging platform with the upcoming version 2.20 update. The instant messenger is one of the most used communications platforms with over two billion users and as the Coronavirus pandemic forces people to stay indoors, video calling has gained more relevancy than ever. 

As per a few lines of codes, first spotted by WABetaInfo, WhatsApp version 2.20 will increase the limit on group video calls. Right now, WhatsApp supports group video calls with up to four people and while it’s not known how many more people will WhatsApp let you add to a group call, the update doesn’t seem to be far away. This comes as Google recently released an update to its Google Duo video-calling app to increase the limit from 8 people to 12 people on a video call. 

The report also states that for people to join a group call, everyone will need to use the same version of the messaging app. The update also brings a revamped call header toast message which states that the calls are end-to-end encrypted whenever a user makes an audio call.

Recently, WhatsApp made it easier for users to initiate a group video call by providing a dedicated button on the chat window. However, the group needs to have four members or less for you to make a call. Earlier, users needed to add the members manually to a group video call, but now there is a dedicated button for doing just that.

WhatsApp keeps releasing incremental updates to keep the momentum going as seem with its release of dark mode. To curb the spread of misinformation around Coronavirus in India, the company decided to limit the number of forwarding messages a user could send and brought it down from five at a time to a single share. Indian government’s WhatsApp chatbot for Coronavirus news and updates was also reportedly used by 1.7 crore users in just ten days from its launch.

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