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WhatsApp Introduces a Call Shortcut in Group Chats in New Update

Facebook-owned messaging platform, WhatsApp has in a new update for Android introduced a dedicated call button in group chats. The update was made first made available for iOS users in Dec. 2018.

Located in the top right corner next to the menu icon—from the slide out contact card of all members in a group, allows you to select up-to 3 participants at once that you wish to video call.

When the feature was introduced in Feb. 2018 users to make a video/voice group call would call the first participant—and while connected, the add participant icon appeared in the top right corner. Needless to say, it was a slightly cumbersome process. Therefore, with the new update to the group call feature, makes it a lot easier to start a group video/voice call.

The feature is now available in WhatsApp for Android v2.19.9. Users can update their app to receive the feature. On the other hand just download from the app store respectively.

Illustrating how the feature works
Open your app (should be updated) and select a group of your choice. In the top right corner you see a Phone with Plus icon that you select. Tapping on the button opens a slide-out tray which contains the contact cards of all group members. You can then select the participants you want to participate in your group voice/video call.

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