WHATAPP has revealed major improvements to a key feature of the app: calling.
While you probably use WhatsApp primarily for texting, its calling features come in very handy.
First off, they won’t eat up your phone plan minutes – which is great if you have WiFi access.
But it also means your calls are end-to-end encrypted, so no one (including WhatsApp) can eavesdrop.
WhatsApp has announced six major changes to calling that are live right now.
So make sure you have updated your app on Google Play Store for Android or App Store for iOS on iPhone.
“While WhatsApp is best known for providing users around the world with private and secure messaging, more and more people are using WhatsApp to connect with voice and video calls,” WhatsApp said in a new blog post.
“That’s why, over the course of this year, we’ve rolled out several improvements to calling on WhatsApp to safely stay in touch with your loved ones, colleagues and communities.”
The first change is that WhatsApp now allows video calls with 32 people – four times as many as before.
That means video calls now have the same maximum capacity as voice calls on WhatsApp.
Second, you have the option to notify or mute people on your calls.
Long press on a participant to zoom in on the video or audio feed.
This allows you to either mute them or notify them separately without ending your current call.
The third feature is the ability to share call links with other people.
That means you can easily invite people to a group call in advance – which is great if you’re using it for work or a special occasion.
Fourth, WhatsApp added colorful waveforms.
This should help you see who is talking when their camera is off.
Fifth is the addition of in-call banner notifications.
This will notify you when someone new joins a call you’re on.
And finally, WhatsApp added picture-in-picture mode for iOS.
It’s currently in beta testing (more on that below), so you can only try it out if you’ve signed up for WhatsApp’s trial version.
But it will eventually roll out to all users in the new year.
A minimized video screen thumbnail lets you easily multitask during a call — just like Apple’s FaceTime.
If you’d like to join the beta to try out the picture-in-picture mode, follow our guide below.
How to get WhatsApp beta
To download WhatsApp Beta for your smartphone, you need to go to Google Play on your smartphone Android and search for whatsapp.
Scroll down the page until you see “Become a Beta Tester”.
Tap the “I’m in” button, then tap “Join” to confirm.
Now all you have to do is wait for the update to the beta version of the app.
Join the WhatsApp beta iOS is more difficult and has a limited capacity.
Follow Apple’s instructions here.
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