Thomas is a writer at TNW. He covers the full spectrum of European tech, with a particular focus on deeptech, startups, and government polic Thomas is a writer at TNW. He covers the full spectrum of European tech, with a particular focus on deeptech, startups, and government policy.
WhatsApp has launched a new feature that makes it easy to hop onto a call after it’s already started.
The “joinable calls” feature should be handy for the perennially tardy. WhatsApp says it also brings the spontaneity and ease of in-person chats to group calls:
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. You can also drop-off and re-join so long as the call is still ongoing.
The joinable calls will remain end-to-end encrypted. WhatsApp has also integrated a call info screen, which shows who’s currently on the call and who hasn’t shown up yet.
The feature is now rolling out to users globally. Here’s how to use it:
Joining an incoming WhatsApp group call
- You’ll get a notification when you’re invited to a group video call.
- If you can’t join, click the ‘Ignore’ button. To open the call info screen, tap ‘Join.’
- From the call menu, you can preview the call participants and other invitees.
- Hit ‘Join’ to hop onto the call.
- While on the call, click ‘Open’ to access the call info screen.
- Hit ‘Add participant’ to add more contacts to the call.
- Tap ‘RING’ to send a notification to people who’ve already been invited.
Joining a missed group call
- Open WhatsApp, then tap the ‘CALLS’ tab.
- If the call has started, click on it to join. This opens the call info screen.
- From the call menu, tap ‘Join.’
That’s it! You’re now free to join a call fashionably late, with the reassurance that you won’t be barred from entering.
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