During the F8, the Facebook Developer Conference, in early May, the group call feature for WhatsApp was announced. The feature is now available, regardless of the WhatsApp version.
Videochat in WhatsApp was previously limited to two parties, but this restriction has now lifted Facebook for the popular messenger. In order to be able to use group calls, no specific WhatsApp version is necessary after our short test. Both the regular version with build number 2.18.165 and beta 2.18.162 allowed us to make group calls. The quality, especially with video group calls, unfortunately, drops sharply with the number of participants.
To make a group call, you must first make a voice or video call. Once connected, a person icon appears with a plus sign in the upper right corner. If you click on this, you can add the next participant. So you can gradually expand the video conference to other participants.
Since the group calls are not version dependent, Facebook seems to release them on the server side. If you do not yet have the new WhatsApp feature on your Android smartphone, then it can help if you are brought in as a participant in a group call. This trick has mostly helped in the past with such server-side controlled features.
What do you think about the group call function for WhatsApp? And how is your impression of the quality?