WhatsApp now lets users join group calls that are already in progress to make it easier to join virtual conversations.
The Facebook-owned company notes that joinable calls reduce the burden of answering a group call as it starts and brings the ease of in-person conversations to the platform.
“Some of the best conversations happen when you least expect it. Now, if someone in your group misses a call when the phone rings, they can still join whenever they like. You can also drop-off and re-join so long as the call is still ongoing,” WhatsApp said in a blog post.
Users will also be able to access a call info screen to see who is already on the call and who has been invited but not yet joined. If users select ‘ignore,’ they can join a call later from the calls tab.
WhatsApp outlines that joinable calls are still end-to-end encrypted.