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WhatsApp brings Joinable Calls feature, rolling out now

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WhatsApp has announced a new feature called Joinable calls that reduces the concerns of answering a group call as it begins, and brings more simplicity to the users while conducting a group call on WhatsApp.

With Joinable calls, you can see the call info screen, which shows who’s already on the call and who has been invited but yet to join. If you press to ignore, you can also join the call later on.

The joinable calls feature is rolling out for the WhatsApp users and may gradually reach every WhatsApp user.

How to join group Video Call:

  1. You’ll receive a notification when someone invites you to join a group video call.
  2. If you can’t join, tap Ignore. To open the call info screen, tap Join.
  3. From the call menu, you can preview the call participants and other invitees.
  4. Tap Join to join the call.
  5. While on the call, tap Open to open the call info screen.
  6. Tap Add participant to add more contacts to the call.
  7. Tap RING to send a notification to people who’ve already been invited.

Join a missed group video call

  1. Open WhatsApp, then tap the CALLS tab.
  2. If the call is ongoing, tap the call you’d like to join. This will open the call info screen.
  3. From the call menu, tap Join.

Important Notes:

  1. Only eight participants can be active on a call at one time.
  2. Make sure you and your contacts have strong internet connections when placing or receiving group video calls. The quality of the video call will depend on the contact with the weakest connection.
  3. During a group video call, you have the option to turn your video off by tapping Video off.
  4. You can’t remove a contact during a group video call. The contact would need to hang up their phone to disconnect from the call.
  5. While it’s possible to be in a group video call with someone you’ve blocked, you can’t add a contact that you’ve blocked to the call or a contact that has blocked you.
  6. Video calling is only available on Android phones running 4.1 or newer.

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Download WhatsApp [2.21.22.26 stable and 2.21.23.16 beta]

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WhatsApp is a multi-platform messaging and voice-over-IP (VoIP) service, which allows users to send text messages and voice messages. Aside from being a voice and texts sharing app, WhatsApp enables you to make voice and video calls, and share images, documents, user locations, and other user-generated content. You just need to download WhatsApp and start using its amazing features.

WhatsApp is available to download from different platforms and app stores on mobile devices. However, WhatsApp developers test and rolls out new app updates as soon as it enters the testing pool and send release stable app versions once they are tested.

Below you can check all of the latest WhatsApp Stable and Beta app versions.

Download WhatsApp (Beta and Stable):

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Download from Google Play Store or WhatsApp website.

WhatsApp Features:

NO FEES: WhatsApp uses your phone’s Internet connection (4G/3G/2G/EDGE or Wi-Fi, as available) to let you message and call friends and family, so you don’t have to pay for every message or call.* There are no subscription fees to use WhatsApp.

MULTIMEDIA: Send and receive photos, videos, documents, and Voice Messages.

FREE CALLS: Call your friends and family for free with WhatsApp Calling, even if they’re in another country.* WhatsApp calls use your phone’s Internet connection rather than your cellular plan’s voice minutes. (Note: Data charges may apply. Contact your provider for details. Also, you can’t access 911 and other emergency service numbers through WhatsApp).

GROUP CHAT: Enjoy group chats with your contacts so you can easily stay in touch with your friends or family.

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WHATSAPP WEB: You can also send and receive WhatsApp messages right from your computer’s browser.

NO INTERNATIONAL CHARGES: There’s no extra charge to send WhatsApp messages internationally. Chat with your friends around the world and avoid international SMS charges.

SAY NO TO USERNAMES AND PINS: Why bother having to remember yet another username or PIN? WhatsApp works with your phone number, just like SMS, and integrates seamlessly with your phone’s existing address book.

ALWAYS LOGGED IN: With WhatsApp, you’re always logged in so you don’t miss messages. No more confusion about whether you’re logged in or logged out.

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QUICKLY CONNECT WITH YOUR CONTACTS: Your address book is used to quickly and easily connect you with your contacts who have WhatsApp so there’s no need to add hard-to-remember usernames.

OFFLINE MESSAGES: Even if you miss your notifications or turn off your phone, WhatsApp will save your recent messages until the next time you use the app.

AND MUCH MORE: Share your location, exchange contacts, set custom wallpapers and notification sounds, email chat history, broadcast messages to multiple contacts at once, and more.

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WhatsApp Android rolling out new stickers and emoji with 2.21.23.15 beta

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WhatsApp Android 2.21.23.15

WhatsApp has a lot of stickers and emojis that you can send your friends and anybody in the contact list and make your conversations more interactive. In the latest addition, WhatsApp for Android has released version 2.21.23.15 beta for the testers that brings new stickers and emojis.

According to Wabetainfo, WhatsApp Android 2.21.23.15 version brings new emojis, stickers, and the ability to create a new group icon using a custom background. This is quite an interesting addition for WhatsApp users.

The screenshot below shows how, you can edit the group info and create a new icon by entering Emoji & stickers option, from here you can choose the background color of the image and easily place a sticker or an emoji as you prefer.

Currently, WhatsApp 2.21.23.15 is only available for beta testers but it’ll soon expand for all users once the testing concludes.

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WhatsApp Android 2.21.23.15

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2.21.23.14:

Ahead of this testing, WhatsApp has released 2.21.23.14. This beta version enabled an important feature in the Last Seen menu – My Contacts Except. This feature was under development for a while and it has begun to expand for more users.

While using this feature, you can choose, which contact cannot see your last seen information. However, if you use this feature, you won’t be able to see their last seen information either.

WhatsApp 2.21.23.14:

2.21.23.13:

Wait there’s more, ahead of the above two versions, the chat app maker has also rolled out another important feature. Let’s dive in.

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WhatsApp 2.21.23.13 beta brings a new Contact Info user interface. On the other hand, WhatsApp now has a new default timer, as it now supports 24 hours and 90 days as new expiration times for disappearing chats.

You can enable the default message timer in the settings. Furthermore, there are also new changes for the multi-device for more beta testers. The latest changes allow WhatsApp to stop sending notifications when the security code is updated every time the linked device list is changed.

All of these versions are under beta testing and will rollout with a stable software update.

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WhatsApp Business accounts getting new changes

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The WhatsApp iOS 2.21.220.16 beta is installing new changes in the business accounts. The changes are related to privacy terms and Cloud API while chatting with a business account.

According to WABetaInfo, WhatsApp is working on a new Cloud API service that works accordingly to how a business account user wants to use services.

In an over, the team is making it simpler to utilize external services to store the conversation. Let’s first take a look at the preview of new changes before starting our discussion-

WhatsApp Business accounts

(Image credits: WABetaInfo)

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New Changes in WhatsApp Business Accounts:

This time, WhatsApp hasn’t brought any modification to the E2E encrypted messages. Instead, it’s about the way used to mark Business Accounts in the chat from the user’s side.

To put it simpler, When a user connects with WhatsApp business accounts, the conversation follows E2E message encryption. After that, it’ll depend on the business account owners of how they want to store the history as there are multiple ways available.

Also Read: WhatsApp releasing new “delete message for everyone”, extends the time limit

The Business Accounts may rely on Facebook or other third-party services with different terms and conditions. In case, if a user is chatting with Business Accounts that are using other services, WhatsApp will notify the user with special chat bubbles.

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At last, it’ll depend on the users if they want to continue contacting the business owners or not. Moreover, WhatsApp is enabling the Business Accounts to use other services, and simultaneously notify the users about them.

However, WhatsApp is claiming not reveling the business message to Facebook by using its services. On the other hand, if users contact the business accounts using other cloud services, their personal chat will still encrypt with E2E encryption.

All business users are suggested to install the WhatsApp beta 2.21.220.16, which is compatible with new services. At present, it only rolling out for iOS users, while Android users may have to wait for a while.

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