WhatsApp Rolls Out Voice Chats for Large Groups

WhatsApp is rolling out a new voice chats feature in groups that lets users start voice calls without disturbing everyone in the group.

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Previously in WhatsApp group chats, the only option was to start a voice call, which rings every member in the group. If no-one joins, the call doesn't go ahead.

In contrast, voice chats can be initiated in a group without anyone joining, and users are prompted to join discreetly via a silent push notification. The feature is available for those WhatsApp groups with 33 to 128 members.

Group members not participating in the voice chat can see who is active in the call from the chat header and the Calls tab, and people can join or leave at any time. If the encrypted chat remains empty for 60 minutes, it automatically ends.

As noted by WABetaInfo, the feature is now appearing for users on iOS and Android who have installed the latest WhatsApp update from the App Store and Google Play Store, respectively.

Top Rated Comments

**maestro** Avatar
27 weeks ago
I would prefer WhatsApp to roll out an Apple Watch app!
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Muzzakus Avatar
27 weeks ago
Is there an iPad app coming or what? It’s becoming a joke
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Trausner Avatar
27 weeks ago
where is the iPad app?
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Pupi Avatar
27 weeks ago

The feature is available for those WhatsApp groups with 33 to 128 members.
So if you are in a 32 people group this feature is simply not for you.

Whatsapp continues the series of braindead decisions.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
sideshowuniqueuser Avatar
27 weeks ago

So if you are in a 32 people group this feature is simply not for you.

Whatsapp continues the series of braindead decisions.
Good point. Should simply be an option for all calls, group or not, regardless of group size. Why place unnecessary artificial limits to features? Users will find a use case you never thought of, and all you're going to do is annoy them that it exists but isn't accessible.
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)
hacky Avatar
27 weeks ago
Perfect for all those disinformation and conspiracy groups on WhatsApp.
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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