WhatsApp has been allowing individual and group video calls for a long time, but when we talk about maximums, it can fall a bit short. Apps like Zoom, HouseParty, and even Facebook Messenger and Instagram allow you to host quite a few people, but WhatsApp stays within a limit of four. That could be close to changing, since according to what WaBetaInfo has discovered in the latest beta of the app for Android and iOS, there are signs that the limit is close to widening.
We are talking about versions 2.20.128 for Android and 22.214.171.124 for iOS. According to WaBetaInfo, eThe new limit “will be an even number”, so the options are six onwards, perhaps due to the interface of video calls in WhatsApp itself. This is a feature still in development, so we will have to wait.
More people in video calls
You’ll be able to get in touch with your family and friends better, thanks to the new group call limit, available within the next weeks.
This is the best decision taken by @WhatsApp: we can stay safe at home, but we can meet virtually more people we love though WhatsApp 💚. #RT https://t.co/M0DsObrTmS
– WABetaInfo (@WABetaInfo) April 16, 2020
According to the blog specialized in discovering the ins and outs of WhatsApp betas, in the new version for Android a series of strings has been found that show that, at some point, WhatsApp will allow make video calls with more than four people. These are the following:
- “Several people are using an old version of WhatsApp.
- To start calls with% d people, all participants need the latest version of WhatsApp.
- To start calls with% d person, all participants need the latest version of WhatsApp.
- % 1 $ s is using an old version of WhatsApp.
- To start calls with% 2 $ d people, all participants need the latest version of WhatsApp.
- To start calls with% 2 $ d person, all participants need the latest version of WhatsApp.
- All participants need the latest version of WhatsApp for calls with% d people. “
The term “% d” refers to the new limit, which is currently unknown. On Facebook Messenger it is 50 people and on Instagram up to six, so the range is quite wide. According to WaBetaInfo, that WhatsApp urges all users to update the app to the latest version implies that the function could be close, but as always happens with these leaks, there is no set date.
On the other hand, it is likely that this feature, as has happened on other occasions (see dark mode), first reaches users of the WhatsApp beta and subsequently to the stable version and accessible from Google Play Store or App Store. In other words, it’s time to wait.
WhatsApp is the most used messaging app in the world (with permission from WeChat in China), so it somehow makes sense that they want to expand their video calling options. In fact, recently the application was updated with a button to start group video calls directly from groups of four or less people.