WhatsApp is rolling out a feature that you’ve probably wished for before. The renowned messaging platform will now let you join a group call after it has started, so you never miss a group call in the future.
NO MORE FOMO. You won't miss a group call because you didn't get to the phone fast enough anymore! With Joinable calls on WhatsApp you can join an ongoing call at any time! pic.twitter.com/UXcF18THu4
— WhatsApp (@WhatsApp) July 19, 2021
Until now, whenever someone initiated a group video or audio call, and you missed the initial ring for it, there was no way for you to join that same call at a later stage. You’d probably have to ping someone who’s already on the call and ask to be added to the call. WhatsApp has now declared that it is fixing this complaint, and you can now join a call after it has been initiated.
That’s not all, though. WhatsApp will also let you see who is in the group call before you join in. Like WebEx, Zoom, and Google Meet calls, you’ll also have the option of dropping out from a call and joining in at a later stage you wish to do so.
After you’ve dropped out of a call, you should be able to see the ongoing call under the “calls” tab. Think of it as a Clubhouse audio room that you’ve just vacated. Just like you would on Clubhouse, you can tap on the ongoing call and rejoin the conversation.
And just like every other group call of the past on the platforms, calls will be end-to-end encrypted, meaning your privacy and security isn’t tampered with.
The feature is rolling out for both iPhone and Android users globally, and you should see it arrive for you very soon.