WhatsApp is rolling out sharable call links feature. As the name suggests, the feature lets users share a link where others can join the audio or video call by just tapping on the link. These calls will be end to end encrypted.
Links for video calls are common across apps like Zoom or Google Meet. But now popular chat app WhatsApp is also rolling out this feature so you can share a link of a call with family and friends. Meta CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, announced the feature noting that users can now join WhatsApp calls through this link with a single tap. He also mentioned that the company is now testing 32-person encrypted video calls. A similar feature is already available for voice calls. Now, with the 32 people supported video calling feature, WhatsApp is clearly taking on the likes of other group video calling platforms, including Zoom, Microsoft Teams, among others.
How to create a Call Link?
Users will find the option to create a video link under the calls tab. Once the link is created, they can share it with friends and family to join the video call. But firstly, the users need to head over to their respective app stores to update the WhatsApp app to the latest version. The Call Links feature is rolling out to everyone globally in a phased manner. This means that if you still haven’t received the feature, it will be available soon.
The new development is seen as WhatsApp’s plans to expand its WhatsApp Communities feature (currently under development) that lets admins create a community with multiple user groups.
Earlier this month, WhatsApp had been testing several new features like the ability to search for messages by date, hide online status from others and edit a message after it is sent. These features are also expected to start rolling out to users soon.