In a Facebook post, Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced that the company is working on a new feature called ‘Call Links.’ The call links feature, as the name implies, allows users to share a link through which others can join an audio or video call by simply tapping on it. More importantly, WhatsApp group video calls will now support up to 32 users. Previously, the platform had a limit of eight users for group video calls.
It’s worth noting that apps like FaceTime, Zoom, and Google Meet have had this ‘Call Links’ feature for quite some time. However, given WhatsApp’s popularity in India, the ‘Call Links’ feature will undoubtedly be more convenient for joining calls on the platform. The feature will start rolling out sometime this week.
Once available, the option to create call links can be found in the calls tab where users will be able to share links for both audio and video calls. The link can be shared on other platforms and lets users join calls using a single tap.
Zuckerberg went on to say in the post that they are testing another feature that will allow users to initiate end-to-end encrypted calls for up to 32 people. He did not, however, provide a timetable for when this will be implemented.
It should be noted that WhatsApp’s FAQ page already states that the platform supports 32 users for video calling. This is similar to Apple’s FaceTime. According to WhatsApp, if a group has more than 32 users, the call’s creator will have to pick and choose who can be added to the group.
Earlier this month, WhatsApp had been testing several new features like the ability to search for messages by date, hide online status from others and edit a message after it is sent. Hopefully, these feature will start rolling out to users soon.