WhatsApp has launched an exciting new feature that allows users join a group call after it has started. Called Joinable Calls, the new feature means you don’t have to be present when the call began. As long as you were invited in the first place, you could jump in and out of a group call as much as you want.
Just like Zoom or Microsoft Teams, this new feature makes following a conversation easier without the burden of waiting on someone to accept your call request.
Today we’re introducing the ability to join a group call, even after it’s started. Joinable calls reduce the burden of answering a group call as it starts, and brings the spontaneity and ease of in-person conversations to group calling on WhatsApp.WhatsApp
To make things even easier, there is a call info screen that shows who is already on the call, and who has been invited but hasn’t joined yet. If busy at that particular time, one could also ‘ignore’ and join later from the calls tab on WhatsApp.
This makes it easy to multitask or pursue other interests at that particular time as you can drop off and rejoin as long as the call is still ongoing. This also applies to other members of your group.
Getting more ‘professional’
With this development, WhatsApp appears to be positioning itself as a professional platform, capable of hosting conferences like Zoom, Google Meets and Microsoft Teams. Its end-to-end encryption certainly gives it an edge over its competitors in that regard.
The same privacy you expect from a face-to-face conversation (remember them?) now with up to 8 people. End-to-end encrypted. Update your WhatsApp to try it out. pic.twitter.com/xZUX60mysD— WhatsApp (@WhatsApp) April 28, 2020
In May, the messaging company increased the number of users allowed on a group call from 4 to 8. At the time though, all 8 participants need to be present at the start of the call. This means there could be many interruptions and restarts if the users must carry everyone along.
But with this Joinable Call feature, WhatsApp is offering the same advantage its more professional competitors are offering while maintaining its informal nature and spontaneity.
There can only be eight people on a call at any time and must not be exceeded. Strong internet connection must also as this will determine the clarity of the video call.
You can opt-out of any video call if you wish at any time but you can’t remove a contact except the contact chose to hang up their phone.
While you can be on a group video call with someone you’ve blocked, you can’t add a blocked contact or a contact who has blocked you to the call and lastly, Only iOS and Android phones running version 4.1 or higher are capable of video calling.
This is a good development as at a time when many people and families are apart, there is a need to keep in touch with family and friends and there’s nothing better than getting together on a group call with friends and family.