WhatsApp is rolling out a new feature called ‘Call Links’ which will allow users to create links to make voice and video calls similar to apps like Google Chat, Google Meet, and Zoom. Once a user creates the link, he should be able to share it with his contacts on WhatsApp. The option to ‘Create call link’ is to be seen under the calls tab.
When would the feature be available?
Mark Zuckerberg on Facebook now Meta posted, “We’re rolling out call links on WhatsApp starting this week so you can share a link to start a call with a single tap.”
About the feature
The users can join ongoing calls as of now. However, the new feature will make things a bit easier. People would be able to share the call link and others can join whenever they want within the length of the call by clicking the link. The ‘Call Links’ will be available to all users soon as it has started to roll out. You may update the app if it does not happen automatically.
Feature useful for
This option would prove useful to people who conduct their business on WhatsApp but host meetings on other platforms. Now they can do everything on WhatsApp effortlessly without them or others downloading another app to host or attend the calls.
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However, the number of participants would relatively be less as compared to other platforms. Zuckerberg said that encrypted video calling for 32 participants or less is under testing. There is no information on when it will be available for users though. At present, WhatsApp permits up to 8 people to join a video call.
If WhatsApp can offer what it intends to and make more people join a call, it could give tough competition to Zoom and Google Meet.