The latest change to WhatsApp affects the experience with calls and video calls: from now on it is possible to enter them at any time and not only after receiving the invitation. These will remain accessible for the duration of the communication and will offer direct access to WhatsApp chats
“When something works don’t touch it“This is usually the maximum when developing applications, also when it comes to maintaining and updating them. And few developments follow this mantra as strictly as WhatsApp: its developers advance little by little while preserving the essence of what is basic to the application. This applies to calls, which had not evolved excessively since they were expanded to eight participants. Up to now.
While the WhatsApp call lasts you can enter
The call invitation will remain accessible for the duration of the communication
It seems like a minor novelty, but the truth is that it is tremendously useful for group calls and video calls. In fact, it is surprising that WhatsApp has not implemented the improvement in invitations until now, especially after the intensive use that this way of communication had during the pandemic.
As specified by WhatsApp itself on its page, from now on group calls and video calls allow the access to invited contacts while communication is ongoing. This implies that, even if the invitation is ignored at the beginning of the call, access will be valid to enter at any time. As long as the participants do not withdraw the invitation, of course.
To have this novelty, it is enough to have the application updated and start the call or video call in the usual way:
- Choose the person you are going to call or set up the video call in a WhatsApp group.
- Add as many people as you want, up to a maximum of seven (calls are limited to eight people counting on you).
- Each contact will receive an invitation; that you can accept or ignore.
- Before entering the communication, the invitees will see the list of participants and the contacts to whom they were invited and have not yet appeared.
- Access to the call (or video call) will remain in effect in the calls tab. This way, those who receive the invitation will have access whenever they want, even if they decided to ignore it at first.
This simple improvement represents a notable increase in the group communication experience. Avoid having to be aware of when they invite us to calls and they keep the option to enter even if we couldn’t at the start (or we would not like, you can always change your mind).
The novelty is now available in the WhatsApp mobile applications, both on Android and iPhone. The platform activates it from its servers: as long as you have the app sufficiently updated, you should already have the new invitations to group calls at your disposal.
- Developer: WhatsApp LLC
- Download it at: Google play
- Price: Free
- Category: Communication