WhatsApp currently supports calling up to four people at one time. That’s fewer than is supported on other top mobile messaging services — like Apple’s FaceTime, which currently support 32 people, Messenger, which can support up to 50 people in a call. However, WhatsApp’s group call feature is still new — it was introduced at the end of July this year.
For a smaller group, it’s still a useful way to connect with friends and family without having to tap into your cellular plan’s voice minutes. Calls are also end-to-end encrypted, which makes it a good option for privacy seekers — that is, if you believe that any app owned by Facebook can fit that description. WhatsApp warns that all members should have a good internet connection before using the group calling feature, as the quality of the call will depend on the contact with the weakest connection. The update is available now to iPhone users and is rolling out “soon” on Android.