WhatsApp Introduces New Feature for Group Audio Chats
WhatsApp is rolling out a new feature that allows users to initiate audio rooms within group chats. This feature will make it easier for members of a group to join an audio chat without the disruption of traditional group calls.
Unlike traditional group calls that ring every member of the group, the new feature sends a gentle notification and lets people join at their own pace by tapping an in-chat bubble, according to a support page. It is designed to be less disruptive and more user-friendly.
The new feature mirrors Meta’s audio room functionality and has been in testing earlier this year. It will be available globally to large groups with 33 or more participants and will be coming to iOS and Android devices in the coming days.
Once the voice chat begins, users can control the chat without interrupting their texting experience. They can unmute, hang up, or send a message to the group without leaving the voice chat. The voice chats will end on their own when everyone leaves or if no one joins within 60 minutes.
The new feature gives group members the flexibility to choose whether to participate in the audio discussion, reducing the potential for disruption in larger chat groups. Additionally, just like personal WhatsApp messages, voice chats are end-to-end encrypted by default.
This new feature will provide a more seamless and enjoyable experience for WhatsApp users who want to engage in audio discussions within their groups. It is a welcome addition to the platform and will improve the overall communication experience for millions of users around the world.