WhatsApp has released numerous features in the past year or so that have helped it become more than just a messaging app. At the same time, it has also improved its core functionalities, texting and calling. The latest WhatsApp beta release is no different, as the company has increased the number of users you can start a group call with. This is a welcome change for those who are part of groups with a large number of users.
WhatsApp Doubles Group Call Initiation User Limit
The latest WhatsApp Android beta has been spotted by folks over at WABetaInfo with the new change. The beta build version is 22.214.171.124, and it doubles the number of people you can start a WhatsApp group call with. The newly spotted limit is 15 compared to just 7 on stable builds.
This is a significant improvement and specifically beneficial for anyone who has to take part in group calls consistently with many users. You can now select up to 15 people while starting a group call, and the remaining ones can be invited once the call has begun. The new limit works for group voice and video calls on the latest Android beta.
It is unknown when WhatsApp will expand the change to iOS users and stable versions. If you want to check it on your particular device, simply launch WhatsApp and begin a group call. You should be able to add more than 7 people if the newly released limit is available.
WhatsApp has not made any changes to the maximum number of users that can join a group call. The limit is unchanged at 32, which was introduced on Android and iOS last year. It started testing the increased user limit for Windows users earlier this month, which was restricted to just 8 users.
Another noteworthy change introduced by WhatsApp recently is the ability to chat with unknown numbers without saving them. This will save users from the hassle of saving new phone contacts and then deleting them later. WhatsApp has released the standalone Wear OS 3 app for compatible smartwatches. The app was first announced at Google I/O 2023 and was finally made available. It supports starting a new chat, making calls, scrolling through chats, quick replies, and sending emojis.
WhatsApp has also improved the method to transfer chats between smartphones. It has added support for QR code scanning that will work when using two phones running the same operating system. They should also be connected to the same WiFi network and have their location turned on. Now, visit Settings > Chats > Chat Transfer on the old smartphone, which will generate a QR code. Scan this code through your new smartphone, and the chat transfer process will begin.