WhatsApp introduces new update to join ongoing group call

By Shilpa Annie Joseph, Official Reporter
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Facebook-owned popular messaging platform WhatsApp has begun to roll out joinable group calls, which allow users to join a group video or voice call after it has started.

According to the reports, this new update will help users join a group call even if they initially miss a call when their phone rings. Further, the update now includes an easy option to leave and rejoin a group WhatsApp call while it is already in progress.

WhatsApp users were not given an option to join in between a group call. However, participants in an active call could add members during a voice or video call on the platform.

In a blog post, the company explained that joinable calls eliminate the strain of answering a group call as it begins and brings the spontaneity and simplicity of in-person conversations to a group calling on WhatsApp.

As per the company, even if you missed the call, you’ll see a ‘Tap to Join’ option in the call log on WhatsApp to join an ongoing group call. All you need to do is just hit that option to join the call. WhatsApp has also added a new call info screen that allows users to see the invited people who have not yet joined the chat.

As per the company, “You can also look at the active participants of the call from the call info screen instead of getting their details after joining the call.” In addition, the call info screen has an Ignore button that allows you to ignore a call and rejoin it later from WhatsApp’s Calls tab.

WhatsApp hasn’t stated when the users will be able to make joinable calls on their smartphone. However, since the update has begun to roll out, it should be available soon on the most recent versions of WhatsApp for Android and iOS, as per the reports.

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