WhatsApp Beta gains new shortcut for group calls; see how to use

WhatsApp Beta for Android has gained a new shortcut for calls in chat groups. The function is part of version 2.18.370 of the application and is being released gradually for users. Just like the iPhone messenger (iOS), the feature allows you to select up to three group members to make video or audio calls.

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In the following step-by-step, see how group linking works. The procedure was performed on a Moto E4 with Android 7.1.1 Nougat, but the tips are valid for other phones with the Google system. To use the news, you need to have the latest version of WhatsApp Beta installed on your phone - check out how to update your apps.

WhatsApp Beta for Android lets you make group audio and video connections

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Step 1. Open any group and touch the phone icon in the upper right corner of the screen. Then select the contacts with whom you want to make a group call and touch the phone or camera icon. Note that you can only select three people and only the numbers saved in your calendar appear in the list;

Starting WhatsApp group connection

Step 2. The audio or video group connection will be started. The controls are identical to calls made in other ways: at the bottom of the screen are the microphone and camera options and just above the end of the call button. You can tap the arrow icon in the upper left corner of the screen to minimize the call and access the group chat screen and view the conversation. Then touch the green bar to return to the connection.

Group voice connection in WhatsApp

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How to make group calls in WhatsApp