WhatsApp has rolled out an update for Android users which brings a new feature for group calls. The latest WhatsApp update on Android introduces a shortcut for making group calls.
The new update is available on WhatsApp official website. You can download WhatsApp 2.19.9 through this link.
The new WhatsApp update for Android also fixes a bug which caused the GIF functionality to malfunction. The update is also available in the Google Play Store.
Voice and video call for group chats was a feature that was introduced by WhatsApp in August 2018. In its initial stages, the process of placing a voice or video call for a group was a cumbersome process which included having to start the call with a single contact first.
The messaging platform allows up to four participants in a group voice or video call. This new feature will make it easier to place calls in a group chat. Also, this feature was already available for Android users on WhatsApp beta.
What is New in This WhatsApp Update
The new WhatsApp version (v2.19.9) was first spotted by the folks over at WABetaInfo. So, how does this new call button prove to be helpful?
Well, when the group calling feature first arrived on WhatsApp, one had to first start a voice or video call with a contact.
Once the call was in progress, the caller was required to tap a button at the top-right corner of the screen to add another participant to the call.
As soon as the call was connected, an Add Person icon would appear at the top above the recipient’s name. Needless to say, it was a slightly cumbersome process.
How to use WhatsApp’s group call shortcut
This feature is available as an icon of the call button with the + sign.
Step 1 ====> Tap on this (+) and a popup will show the group participants.
Step 1 ====> Select the contacts you wish to add in the group call. You can choose to make a voice or video call with the selected participants.
As aforementioned, you can add only three members including yourself in the group call. Prior to this feature, users had to manually add each participant for a group call.