Whatsapp keeps updating its features to be able to match up to competitors. Now, beta users can use the Whatsapp group video calling feature.
WhatsApp might be a cornerstone of the messaging world, but the platform lacks one feature which Skype and other rivals offer — Group video calling. The video chat feature is arguably long overdue. The company has finally added this feature.
This is true for Android as well as iOS run devices. To be precise, the version of these OSs which are getting the beta-testing of group video calling is WhatsApp iOS build 2.18.52 and Android beta version 2.18.145+.
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It is also being reported that not all users with these OS versions are included for the test run. Unlike some beta-testing program where the users can opt for an invite-to-join basis, there is no such arrangement in this.
In order to check if you have received this update, you need to make a normal video call, after updating the app. While making that call, check if there is a new “Add participant” option. If you find that option, it means that your smartphone is one of the few devices to receive the beta update. In addition, the new group calling feature cannot be activated with an invitation system, as per the cited source.
How to get WhatsApp beta on Android
- Open a web browser
- Go to the WhatsApp beta test page
- Log into your Google account (the one you use on your phone)
- Click Become A Tester
- Open the Google Play Store on your phone
- Find WhatsApp – the title should read WhatsApp Messenger (Beta)
- You should receive an update for the beta version of WhatsApp
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