A welcome move: WhatsApp’s new update now allows 8 users in audio, video calls

Apple's FaceTime video calling tool supports 32 people while Facebook Messenger can support up to 50 people in a call.

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If rumours are to be believed, the move by WhatsApp was inspired by the stupendous growth of video-calling apps in the time of social distancing.
In what can be called a welcome move, messenger app WhatsApp has reportedly increased the limit on the number of participants who can join a video call from 4 to 8. The news was first reported by WABetaInfo, a website that tracks WhatsApp updates.

In a tweet sent from its Twitter handle, the tech website wrote, “WhatsApp is rolling out the new limit of participants in group calls, for iOS and Android beta users!”

The feature is available to those who have the latest iOS and Android Beta update installed. One needs to install the 2.20.50.25 iOS beta update from TestFlight and the 2.20.133 beta from Google Play for the feature to work. Other participants will only be able to join the call if they are on the same versions.


If rumours are to be believed, the move by WhatsApp was inspired by the stupendous growth of video-calling apps such as Zoom, Microsoft's Meets app and Google's Hangouts in the time of social distancing.

If you have updated your app and are still not able to add 8 users in video and audio call, fret not. WhatsApp is slowly rolling out the update and you’ll soon be able to explore the new feature.

Apple's FaceTime video-calling tool supports 32 people while Facebook Messenger can support up to 50 people in a call.
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