WhatsApp announced that. With version 2.20.50 for iOS and version 2.20.141 for Android, the possible number of people for group calls is now expanded to eight. You can make the group calls as a voice or video call and then simply select up to seven participants from the contacts.Up to eight people can now take part in a call
The calls are protected with end-to-end encryption, just like normal chats. According to WhatsApp, the new group calls can also be used with slow network conditions and simple hardware, so that no users are excluded.
Since the corona pandemic had a particularly large number of users online last month – an average of over 15 billion minutes of calls were made every day with WhatsApp calls – the quick release of the new feature was particularly important for the developers. If you want to use the group calls with up to eight people, you must first carry out an app update. This applies to all participants in the conversation. So you should first ask your opponent to update the app.
Update required – how it works
For iPhone users, the update is available via the iOS App Store and is automatically installed depending on the user requirements. Anyone who uses the app can use the help to see which version is installed and, if necessary, initiate the update.You can check which version is installed in the app itself. On the iPhone, you simply click on Help in the settings and then see the version number above.
If an update is available, like now to version 2.20.50, this is shown in the iOS Store with the “Update” option. The update starts with one click.Update app update in the store
As soon as the update has been installed, you can add up to seven participants to a conversation instead of three.Only three participants can be added before the update, and then seven participants after the update. A group call can be conveniently started from the contacts.
in theGoogle Play Storeonly the older version 2.20.123 is currently available under certain circumstances, but this should change shortly. The update has already been released and is now gradually being offered to users. You get the latest WhatsApp version, but also directly asAPK installation file on the WhatsApp siteor about theWinFuture download area.
In order not from theGoogle PlayTo install the upcoming APK file on Android, you must first allow the option of app installations from “Unknown origin” in the settings under Security, so that apps that are not loaded via the Play Store can also be installed. Then you can simply install the app with a click from the download folder. To get the latest version of the installed apps, search the web for the latest version and download and install it again.
Download WhatsApp for Android: APK version