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WhatsApp Takes on Zoom With Increased Group Call Limit for iPhone Users: How to Use it

WhatsApp v2.20.50 for iPhone brings the new increased group calling limit feature, and the changelog suggests that both voice and video calls now support up to eight participants.

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WhatsApp Takes on Zoom With Increased Group Call Limit for iPhone Users: How to Use it

WhatsApp rolls out a new update for iPhone users bringing the increased group call limit feature

Highlights
  • WhatsApp bumps iPhone app version to 2.20.50
  • The app now allows up to 7 more people on a group call
  • This limit has increased for voice and video calls both

WhatsApp has released a new update for iPhone users to increase the group call limit. The update will allow iPhone users to hold a group call with up to eight participants, an upgrade from the current four participant limit. This comes just days after Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced the rollout of the new feature. At the time of launch, the company said that Android and iPhone users will get the increased group call limit soon, and now iPhone users are the first ones to get the update. WhatsApp looks to take on video conferencing software Zoom with this new feature.

WhatsApp v2.20.50 for iPhone brings the new group calling feature, and the changelog suggests that both voice and video calls now support up to eight participants. To use this feature seamlessly, all participants have to be on the latest version of WhatsApp, and therefore it is recommended to install the update as soon as you receive it. If you haven't turned on auto update on your iPhone then you should go and check manually in the App Store and install the update. The changelog of the update also mentions visual improvements for iOS 13 users, including an updated message action menu.

How to make a group call with WhatsApp

The method to start a group voice or video call remains unchanged; however, you will now have the option to add seven more people, instead of just three. To place a group call on WhatsApp, you need to open the desired group with whom you wish to interact with, and click on the call button on the top right. If the group has more than eight participants, WhatsApp will ask which contacts you wish to call, otherwise the call will be directly started. Group participants that aren't saved in your address book won't be added in the call.

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WhatsApp iPhone users can now call up to 8 people in one go

As people across the world practice social distancing, Zoom shot up to fame, mainly because of its ability to allow large group of people on a call. WhatsApp looks to tap into this new demand for large online group conversations with this feature. Of course, it still doesn't allow as many participants as Zoom or even Duo for that matter. However, it's a first step in that direction.

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Now that iPhone users have received the update, it should only be a short while before Android users start receiving it as well.


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Tasneem Akolawala Tasneem Akolawala is a Senior Reporter for Gadgets 360. Her reporting expertise encompasses smartphones, wearables, apps, social media, and the overall tech industry. She reports out of Mumbai, and also writes about the ups and downs in the Indian telecom sector. Tasneem can be reached on Twitter at @MuteRiot, and leads, tips, and releases can be sent to tasneema@ndtv.com. More
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