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How To Make Group Video Calls on WhatsApp

For most of us, WhatsApp remains the preferred messaging service for us to keep in touch with loved ones. The world’s most popular instant messaging app has now also made it possible to make group video calls and in this article, we’ll explain the steps how to do it.

There is a growing trend of people video calling relatives and colleagues and as such options have multiplied both for PC and the phone or tablet with Messenger, Skype, Meet, Zoom, Facetime, Discord…the possibilities are endless!

Unlike many of its competitors, WhatsApp limits the number of video call participants to four, a decision that at first might seem strange but in fact, hides certain advantages. Firstly, the more participants in a video call, the more difficult it is to maintain an understandable conversation. Secondly, because the dimensions of a mobile screen are limited, it’s not really suitable for large meetings (and WhatsApp is after all, a messaging service for smartphones primarily).

Make a Video Call From a Group Chat

  • Open WhatsApp on your phone (Android or iPhone) and enter the group chat that you want to make a call. Tap on the phone icon in the upper right corner of the conversation.

  • In the list displayed, select the participants of the call, one by one.
  • Finally, click on the camera icon to make the video call.

Make a Video Call From an Individual Chat

  • Open the conversation with the contact you want to video call. In the top right corner, tap the camera icon to start the video call and confirm by clicking Call.

  • Once the video call has started, click on the add participant icon in the top right corner.

  • Choose the contact you want to add to the call and confirm by clicking Add.

Make a Video Call From The Calls Tab

  • Open WhatsApp and go to the Calls tab and press the phone icon.

  • Select New Group Call and add the people you want to call from your contacts

  • Click on the camera icon to launch the call.

As mentioned at the beginning of this article, WhatsApp is not the only option for making group video calls. If for whatever reason you are not convinced, try one of these other apps instead.

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