Group video calling is the latest feature to be launched by WhatsApp, allowing up to four people to communicate with each other at the same time over the cross-platform messaging service.
WhatsApp announced the new feature on Monday, saying it is currently rolling it out on iPhone and Android versions of the popular messaging app.
“You can make a group call with up to four people total – anytime and anywhere. Just start a one-on-one voice or video call and tap the new ‘add participant’ button in the top right corner to add more contacts to the call,” WhatsApp said in a blog post.
The feature also carries the app’s signature end-to-end encryption. The company said there has been a growing popularity in video and voice calling in recent times. “Over the last couple years, people have enjoyed making voice and video calls on WhatsApp. In fact, our users spend over 2 billion minutes on calls per day.”
WhatsApp first launched video chatting in 2016 after having rolled out voice calling in 2014.
Group video calling is the latest in a myriad of changes introduced by the instant messaging app this year alone. The changes include labelling of forwarded messages in a bid to deal with spam messaging, a suspicious link detection notification for potentially harmful websites and the option that allows users to download already deleted media files.
WhatsApp is the world’s largest instant messaging app with a lot of its success attributed to its ads-free user interface as well as its freeware usage.
The app was created in January 2009 by WhatsApp Inc. and was acquired by Facebook in 2014.