How to make video calls up to 8 people on WhatsApp

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It took some time, but are already available WhatsApp video calls of more than four people. The company behind the most used messaging app in the world had announced the arrival of this feature weeks ago, with the aim of recovering some of the lost ground compared to alternatives such as Zoom or Houseparty, due to the limitation of WhatsApp not to allow you to make group calls with more than four participants.

Time WhatsApp has extended the limit of video call participants to eight people. However, if you've been trying to make a group call like this in the past few days, you may not have found the option. There is a reason, and in this article we explain why it is and how you can fix it for make your video calls with the rest of the members of your groups.

Make video calls with up to 8 people on WhatsApp step by step

First of all, it is necessary to take into account the main requirement that you need to satisfy in order for both you and the rest of the conversation members to have a group conference - it's as simple as have the latest beta version of WhatsApp available installed. At the time of this article's publication, this version corresponds to edition for iOS devices or 2.20.133 for Android devices. To be part of the WhatsApp beta program, you just have to join the app test program that we link in these lines, then update the app as you normally would, via Google Play.

Make a video call with members of an existing group

Once all group participants have installed the latest version of WhatsApp, i steps to make a group video call are the same as for any video call:

  1. Open WhatsApp and enter the group in which you want to make the video call.
  2. Tap the call button, located in the upper right corner represented by a phone icon and a +.
  3. Select the contacts of the group you want to make the video call with. If all attendees have updated the app to the latest version, you will be able to choose a total of seven contacts from the same group.
  4. Tap the video camera icon that will appear to the right of the contacts you have chosen to initiate the call. Your friends will be notified on their mobile phones and will be able to accept or decline the invitation to join the video call. If they accept it, you will start seeing them and the group video call on WhatsApp will start.

Make a video call without creating a group

The view above is the fastest way to video call up to eight people on WhatsApp, but that's not the only way.

If you wish, it is also possible make a video call with multiple people without having to create a group chat for it. The process is as simple as the previous one:

  1. Open WhatsApp and go to the "Calls" tab. Tap the button at the bottom right to make a new call.
  2. Select the "New Group Call" option and choose up to seven people.
  3. Tap the camera icon to start the video call.

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