Think about it – you’re in a WhatsApp group, someone starts a chat, and instead of your phone buzzing non-stop, you see a little prompt. You can join in if you’re up for it or just keep doing your thing. It’s a game changer, especially for those big, bustling groups.
rolling out now: voice chat for your larger groups!
you’ll soon have the option to talk it out live with whoever can join or keep texting with whoever can’t
— WhatsApp (@WhatsApp) November 13, 2023
This update is a big deal for WhatsApp. Mark Zuckerberg, the big boss at Meta, is all in on making WhatsApp the go-to spot for our private conversations. And why not? It seems like everyone’s moving away from shouting out their business on public platforms, preferring a cozy chat in a WhatsApp group instead.
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In the U.S., WhatsApp is catching on big time, especially with the younger crowd. But it’s not just there – places like India are WhatsApp central. Meta’s definitely got big plans for this app.
So, what’s next for WhatsApp? Expect more cool updates. They’re really pushing to make the app more than just a messaging service. It’s about staying connected, whether it’s chatting with friends or businesses reaching out to customers.
And hey, if you’re one of those people in mega WhatsApp groups, watch out for this new voice chat feature. It’s rolling out globally, starting with the really big groups. It’s going to make staying in touch a whole lot smoother.
FAQ about this feature:
What is WhatsApp’s new voice chat feature?
WhatsApp is introducing a voice chat feature for large groups, similar to Discord, allowing members to join spoken chats without ringing every group member.
How does the new voice chat feature work?
Voice chats start quietly with an in-chat bubble; you tap to join. It allows for speaking with available members while continuing to message others.
Will the voice chat feature be disruptive to group members?
No, it’s designed to be less disruptive than traditional group calls as it doesn’t ring every member but sends a silent push notification.
Can I use other WhatsApp functions while in a voice chat?
Yes, you can unmute, hang up, or message the group without leaving the voice chat using call controls at the top of the chat.
When will this feature be available?
WhatsApp is rolling out this feature globally to large groups, starting with those having 33 or more members, over the coming weeks.
Is the voice chat feature secure?
Yes, WhatsApp protects voice chats with end-to-end encryption, ensuring privacy and security.
How is WhatsApp’s voice chat different from similar features in other apps?
It functions similarly to Discord, Telegram, and Slack, but it’s integrated within WhatsApp’s ecosystem, enhancing its group chat functionality.
What happens if a voice chat remains empty?
If no one joins a voice chat for 60 minutes, it automatically ends, but members can start a new voice chat anytime.
Can I see who is active in a voice chat without joining?
Yes, group members can see who is active in the call from the chat header and the Calls tab.
Is this feature available for all group sizes?
Initially, it’s for groups of 33 to 128 members, but WhatsApp has tested it with smaller groups during the beta phase, which means the platform can change its availability to most group sizes.
How can I access this new feature?
Update to the latest version of WhatsApp for iOS or Android. The feature is rolling out progressively to users.