Video calls are no longer a new feature on WhatsApp, but what if you want to make group video calls on WhatsApp? We will explain how to perform individual and group video calls on WhatsApp.
How to make a video call on WhatsApp
- Open a conversation on WhatsApp
- Touch the video camera in the upper right corner of the window
- Touch “Call” when prompted to start a video call
- If you prefer to make a voice call, touch the phone icon instead of the video camera
Steps to create group video calls on WhatsApp
When we initially wrote this tutorial, we focused on Booyah, a free application for Android and iPhone that allows you to make group video calls on WhatsApp with up to 12 people, as long as everyone is running the application. It sounded great, and it was perfect in our tests.
But since then, Booyah has been extracted from both Google Play and the Apple App Store, which makes us cautious. If you are going to continue and download it anyway, we recommend that you also install an antivirus application.
While it’s easy to download Booyah on Android, the same does not happen with the iPhone. Since it is likely that you have iPhone owners in your group chat, Booyah is no longer as useful as it was before.
If you want to keep going anyway, run a Google search on ‘Booyah APK’, look for an accredited application repository to download it, then follow the instructions to allow installation of applications from unknown sources and install the app.
Fortunately, we may not have to wait much longer for group video chat to become an official feature of WhatsApp. In a blog post made in October 2017, some screenshots of WhatsApp (shown below) show the icon of the video chat camera within a group chat. We assume that it either means that it is on trial, or that someone has deviated from Photoshop for a screenshot without any reason.
The application could not be easier to use, simply install it on Android or iOS and the application will have access to your WhatsApp contacts. Regarding Android permissions, the application will require you to access your photos/ media/files, camera, microphone, Wi-Fi and have full access to the network.
Once the application is installed, you can make a video call directly to any of your WhatsApp contacts through the application. To make a video call, recipients must also download and install Booyah and, of course, have WhatsApp installed on their device. Read below: How to install WhatsApp on an iPad or Android tablet.
When you initiate a call, it will provide you with a link to a video chat, through which contacts can join. If you close the application while the call is being made, your video will freeze, but you will still be connected to your video call only by voice call.
In addition to allowing you to make video calls on WhatsApp with different contacts, Booyah enables you to create group video calls with several of your friends. You can directly add additional people to the conversation.
We had some problems with the application, where sometimes it did not show all the contacts correctly, but in general, the application is straightforward and works as expected.