WhatsApp adds three handy new features, here’s what they do
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(Pocket-lint) – Whatsapp has rolled out some new features over the past week, and they’re particularly useful if you’re on a lot of group calls.
Will Cathcart, Head of Whatsapp at Meta, announced these new features on Twitter:
New features for group calls on @WhatsApp: You can now mute or message specific people during a call (great if someone forgets to mute themselves!), and we’ve added a useful indicator so you can more easily see when other people join important calls. pic.twitter.com/fxAUCAzrsy-
Will Cathcart (@wcathcart) June 16, 2022
We’re particularly pleased to see the ability to mute certain users, which should help prevent a call from going off the rails because of a crying baby or a noisy cafe.
You can now direct message any participant directly from the call screen, which is useful if you want to tell someone you’ve muted them, for example.
Additionally, a pop-up banner now announces when a participant joins the call. It’s something you expect to happen anyway, but it wasn’t before.
While none of these features are revolutionary, they are good steps towards improving WhatsApp’s group calling experience.
The platform has been working hard to improve its group features, recently increasing the number of users allowed to participate in a group call from 8 to 32 people. She also allowed a staggering 512 members in a group chat.
The new group call features are now available to most users. If you want to make sure you can use them, be sure to update your app.
Written by Luke Baker.