WhatsApp enables users to join group calls after they start

Messaging giant WhatsApp said on Monday it is introducing the ability to join a group call on the platform even after it has started. The company said joinable calls reduce the burden of answering a group call as it starts, and bring the ‘spontaneity’ and ‘ease’ of in-person conversations to group calling on WhatsApp. Joinable calls will roll out from Monday.

“As the popularity of group calls continues to grow, we’ve been working to improve the experience for our users while of course still providing the security and privacy of end-to-end encryption,” the company said in a statement.

“Some of the best conversations happen when you least expect it. Now, if someone in your group misses a call when the phone rings, they can still join whenever they like,” it added. WhatsApp said users can also drop-off and re-join so long as the call is still ongoing.

The company has also created a call info screen so users can see who is already on the call, and who has been invited but not yet joined. And, if they hit ‘ignore’ they can join the call later from the calls tab in WhatsApp.

will be the one who has added them to the call. Old group video calls will be visible in the calls tab only. Users can tap old calls to see each member who is on the call. In March this year, WhatsApp said it was launching ‘private’ and ‘secure’ one-to-one voice and video calls on the platform’s desktop app.


The company had said answering on a bigger screen makes it easier to work with colleagues, see families more clearly or free up hands and move around while talking.

WhatsApp had said throughout last year it has seen a significant increase in people calling one another on the platform for long conversations.

“With so many people still apart from their loved ones, and adjusting to new ways of working, we want conversations on WhatsApp to feel as close to in-person as possible, regardless of where you are in the world or the tech you’re using,” the company had stated previously.

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