WhatsApp has rolled out a bunch of new features on to its platform. These new features make group calls a tad bit more easier and swifter. WhatsApp head, Will Cathcart in a post on Twitter said that users of the messaging app can mute and message individual users when a group call is going on. Also Read - Govt bans over 35 WhatsApp groups for spreading misinformation about Agnipath scheme
These features will be particularly useful for muting people in a group who forget to do it themselves, which lets other members in a group know what’s going on in the background of their homes or offices. It would also be helpful in the cases when some users in a group call are in the same room and have forgotten to mute themselves, which in turn creates an echo during a group call. Apart from helping users in a group call, these new features will bring WhatsApp calls closer to conferencing apps that give users more dynamic control over their calls. Also Read - WhatsApp: How to hide profile photo, last seen from specific people
Using this ‘mute or message specific people‘ feature in WhatsApp is fairly simple. All you need to do is long press the tile of the person you want to message or mute in a group call and tap the one of the two options — Message [name of the user] or Mute [name of the user]. Also Read - Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg announces a designer clothing store for avatars
“Some new features for group calls on @WhatsApp: You can now mute or message specific people on a call (great if someone forgets to mute themselves!), and we’ve added a helpful indicator so you can more easily see when more people join large calls,” WhatsApp boss wrote in the post.
Some new features for group calls on @WhatsApp: You can now mute or message specific people on a call (great if someone forgets to mute themselves!), and we’ve added a helpful indicator so you can more easily see when more people join large calls. pic.twitter.com/fxAUCAzrsy
— Will Cathcart (@wcathcart) June 16, 2022
In addition to this, WhatsApp is also making it easier for people in a group call to identify when a new user has joined a group call. In a separate post, WhatsApp said that now, it will show a banner when someone new will join a group call.
☎️ We’ve added a few updates to a WhatsApp favorite! When it comes to group calls, now you can:
🔇 Mute others
✉️ Message specific people
🙋 See a banner when someone joins offscreen
— WhatsApp (@WhatsApp) June 16, 2022
Notably, these features come just days after WhatsApp rolled out the ability to select who from users’ contact lists can see their Profile Photos, About information, and Last Seen statuses.