The multiplatform messaging app, WhatsApp has rolled out a new feature on July 19 which will allow a user to join a group video or voice call even after it has started.
One will also be able to see the new participants in a video call screen the way one sees on other popular communication apps like Zoom and Google Meet.
The new ‘Joinable Calls’ feature will enable the user to see who is already on the group call, and who has been invited but has not yet joined. In the new feature, the incoming WhatsApp group video call screen will show the participants currently on the call.
The Facebook-owned company said the ‘Joinable calls’ will reduce the burden of answering a group call as it starts, and bring in spontaneity and ease of in-person conversations to the group calling on WhatsApp.
Further, if someone misses a group call when the phone rings, they can still join whenever they like. The call can also be dropped off and could be re-joined again.
Additionally, the app has confirmed that the new feature will in no way affect the security and privacy of end-to-end encryption. At present, the group calling on WhatsApp allows up to eight participants to video call with each other. Group video call history will appear in the ‘CALLS’ tab.
WhatsApp also confirmed that one can tap the call history to view the individual participants from the call.