WhatsApp on Monday started rolling out joinable group calls to let users join a group video or voice call after it’s started and was missed initially. This will help users join a group call even if they initially miss a call when their phone rings. The update also brings an easy way to let you drop-off and rejoin a group WhatsApp call — as long as the call is still ongoing. Up until now, WhatsApp users were not given a native option to join a group call. However, participants in an active call could add members during a voice or video call on the platform.
WhatsApp users will now be able to join a group call after it starts.
WhatsApp stated on their official website, “Today we’re introducing the ability to join a group call even after it’s started. Joinable calls reduce the burden of answering a group call as it starts, and brings the spontaneity and ease of in-person conversations to a group calling on WhatsApp.” Previously, a user had to join at the beginning of a group call (voice or video) or be added by the caller once the call begins. Additionally, the feature will also allow users to drop off a call and rejoin later. The update is soon going to be available on Android and iOS devices and help hosts and participants of WhatsApp group calls.
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
How to join a missed group call on WhatsApp
You will see a Tap to join option in the call log on WhatsApp to join an ongoing group call even if it was missed originally. All you need to do is to just hit that option to join the call.
WhatsApp has also created a new call info screen that will allow users to see who all have been invited for the conversation but not yet joined. You can also look at the active participants of the call from the call info screen instead of getting their details after joining the call. Furthermore, the call info screen has an Ignore button to let you ignore a call and join it later from the Calls tab in WhatsApp.