Mubarik Imam, a director at WhatsApp, said they have over 450 million unique users per day, who make over 2 billion minutes of calls daily.
The group calling feature is currently rolling out on the iPhone and Android versions of WhatsApp. To use it, you must first start a call with someone, then click the “add participants” button shown in the top right corner of the chat window.
Currently, up to four people may participate in a group call.
Facebook said that group calls are encrypted end-to-end, and are designed to work on low-bandwidth networks.
Over the last couple years, people have enjoyed making voice and video calls on WhatsApp. In fact, our users spend over 2 billion minutes on calls per day. We’re excited to announce that group calls for voice and video are coming to WhatsApp starting today.
You can make a group call with up to four people total – anytime and anywhere. Just start a one-on-one voice or video call and tap the new “add participant” button in the top right corner to add more contacts to the call.
Group calls are always end-to-end encrypted, and we’ve designed calling to work reliably around the world in different network conditions. The feature is currently rolling out on the iPhone and Android versions of our app.