WhatsApp feature allows latecomers to connect to a call after it’s started

Never miss a group chat again! WhatsApp launches ‘Joinable Calls’ feature that lets you connect to a call even AFTER it’s started

  • Joining calls is the perfect feature for WhatsApp users with punctuality issues
  • It allows latecomers to have group and video chats after they start
  • Users can also drop out and rejoin the conversation later, as long as it’s still in progress

A new feature on WhatsApp called Joinable Calls lets you connect to group conversations after they start.

Rolling out today and available for both voice and video calls, the feature is the perfect solution for users with punctuality issues.

If someone in your group misses a call when the phone rings, Joining Calls will still allow them to join at any time during the chat.

It also allows all participants in a group conversation to drop out and rejoin the conversation later, while it is still ongoing.

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Joining calls from WhatsApp is the perfect feature for users who have trouble being on time for calls

HOW DOES IT WORK?

Participating conversations

WhatsApp users can see the ongoing conversations in the ‘Calls’ tab.

They will be given the option to ‘tap to join’ as long as the conversation is ongoing.

Participants can also abort the call and rejoin later.

Background

In general, chats and calls on WhatsApp are between one other person or several other people (in groups).

Users must be part of a group to participate in conversations.

WhatsApp has help pages for how do you create a group? on WhatsApp, and how you make a group video call and how? have a group conversation.

WhatsApp said in a blog post that the feature is for friends or family members who realize they are missing “a special moment” on the platform.

“Today, we’re introducing the ability to join a group conversation even after it’s started,” says the Facebook-owned company.

Joinable Calls reduce the burden of answering a group conversation as soon as it starts, bringing the spontaneity and convenience of face-to-face conversations to group conversations on WhatsApp.

“At a time when so many of us are broken up, there’s nothing better than getting together for a group chat with friends and family, and there’s nothing worse than realizing you missed a special moment.”

On WhatsApp, calls are listed under the “Calls” tab on the app’s home page.

With Participating Calls, users know when group or video calls are in progress without informing them by tapping the Calls tab.

When conversations are in progress, they will be given the option to ‘tap to join’.

Whether voice or video calls are indicated by a small phone or camcorder icon respectively.

The feature also includes a ‘call info screen’ so users can see who is already on a call and who has been invited but not yet joined.

And if you tap ‘ignore’, you can join later from the Calls tab in WhatsApp.

Ongoing calls are listed under the Calls tab (shown).  Users will be given the option to 'tap to join' whether it's voice or video calls

Ongoing calls are listed under the Calls tab (shown). Users will be given the option to ‘tap to join’ whether it’s voice or video calls

As with any type of text, voice, or video-based communication on the platform, Joinable Calls are encrypted end-to-end.

This means that only the participants of a chat have access to the content of the messages, and no one in between – not even the staff of the company that owns the service.

Joining calls comes just a week after WhatsApp announced it will be able to message users from the PC app without requiring their smartphones to be connected.

The feature also includes a call information screen so users can see who is already on a call and who has been invited but not yet joined (pictured)

The feature also includes a call information screen so users can see who is already on a call and who has been invited but not yet joined (pictured)

WhatsApp is testing the feature with “a small group of users” as part of a beta test before “slowly rolling it out more widely,” the company said.

Before that, users needed their smartphone to be on and connected to the internet for the PC version of WhatsApp to work.

In June, the platform launched Fast Playback, which allows users to increase the playback speed of audio messages to double the speed.

And in March, WhatsApp introduced one-to-one voice and video calling for the desktop version of its chat platform on Windows PCs and Apple Macs.

WhatsApp started rolling out voice calling for its mobile app in 2015, and video calling the following year. The March update brought both features to WhatsApp for desktop.

BEST WHATSAPP ALTERNATIVES

If you’re considering uninstalling WhatsApp, you’ll be happy to hear that there are several alternative apps to choose from:

1. Telegram

With over 400 million users, Telegram is one of the most popular WhatsApp alternatives.

Although it is very similar to WhatsApp, it is distinguished by the fact that it offers the possibility to set messages to self-destruct after a certain time, without leaving a trace.

Telegram also offers end-to-end encryption.

However, as a WhatsApp spokesperson noted, Telegram “doesn’t offer end-to-end encryption by default, so it’s not necessarily more secure than WhatsApp.”

2. Signal

Signal is one of the most secure messaging apps, thanks to the fact that it is open source.

This means that the code for the app is publicly available for viewing, making it nearly impossible for the app’s makers to sneak in backdoors that allow governments or hackers to spy on your messages.

3. iMessage

If you’re using an iPhone, consider simply switching to iMessage, Apple’s own messaging app.

The app has some impressive features, including no character limits, the ability to send photos and videos, and of course Apple’s animated emoji feature, Animoji.

Unfortunately, iMessage is only available to iPhone users, so you’ll struggle to communicate with anyone using an Android.

4. Google Messages

Google’s answer to iMessage is Google Messages, a messaging service for Android.

The app replaces your default texting app and integrates with all of Google’s apps and services, making it easy to share images or use Google Assistant.

5. Facebook Messenger

If you wouldn’t use WhatsApp because of Facebook data sharing, Facebook Messenger might not be the best option for you.

However, the app offers some useful features, including games, secret conversations, and video calls.

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