How to Make a Video Call through WhatsApp

A WhatsApp representative made it very clear with his words: “The idea is simple. When you send a message, the only person who can read it is the person or group chat that you send that message to. No one can see inside that message, not even us”

Not a lot of apps can guarantee your privacy to that extent. However there are some things you have to keep in mind before using this app to make video calls.

  1. The first thing is to make sure your phone has the necessary technology to make a video call. A phone with technology of lower than android 4.1+ cannot make a video call. So you won’t be able to make a video call what so ever if you have a phone in which the operating system isn’t supported.
  2. Another thing to keep in mind is that the app only works when data is available. If you don’t have a very strong internet connection the quality of that audio or video call will be very poor. Your wireless network signal and network data speed is the most important if you are using Wi-Fi. Make sure to have a strong internet connection or the video calling experience may disappoint you.

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Even during a group call the experience of the video call will depend on the person with the weakest connection to match the quality.

Now that you’re ready, here is how you can make a video call:

  • Download and install the app from playstore or appstore.
  • Open it and find the chat with the person or group you want to make a call to.
  • Tap on that and you will find a video icon on the top right corner. Tap the video call option to make a call.

And that’s it. As simple as that!!

 

If you’re already in a voice call and you want to change it to a video call or vice versa you can do that too! Here is what you can do to turn a voice call into a video call:

  • While you’re on the voice call option there will still be a video call icon on the top right corner of your screen. Tap on that.
  • The person on the other side of the call will receive a pop up dialogue box and he/ she can choose to accept it or reject it.

If you’re already in a video call and for some reason you want to turn it into a voice call, you can also do that. To turn a video call into a voice call you have to:

  • When you’re on a video call there will be an option on the top right corner to turn off the camera. Tap on that icon and the other side will be notified.
  • However, it will only turn into a voice call if the other side also taps on the icon and turns their camera off.

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If you are not the one calling but instead there’s someone else calling you there will be a few options on the screen. Here is what you can do:

  • You can swipe up to the video icon and accept the video call. This will allow the both sides to use both voice and video calling experience.
  • If you don’t want to accept the call you can just swipe up to the downwards receiver icon and reject the call. It will let the other side know that you rejected the call for now.
  • However, I you want to reject the call because you are busy now or for some other reasons and don’t want the caller to misunderstand then, you can just swipe up to the messaging icon. It will let you make a short text to explain your situation to the other side. This allows you to send a short text while declining the call.

 

If there is more than one person you want to make the video call to at the same time then you have to make a group video call. WhatsApp Group calling can allow to call up to four participants at the same time! Here is what you can do to make a video call:

  • First open the app and go to calls. Select one of the contacts you want to make a call to. The serial doesn’t matter so you can just open any of the contacts you want to connect to. Tap on the calling icon beside the name.
  • Or just like before open the contact and tap on the video calling icon on the top right corner of your phone screen.
  • When the other side accepts the call and you are already on line, you can start adding other participants to connect to.
  • Find the add icon on the top right corner of your screen and tap on it.
  • Search and select the contacts you want to add to call! But remember that only four people can be on the same call at the same time.
  • Points to be noted:

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When you receive a call to a group and accept it the video call screen will show you all the other participants including the person who added you to the group call. He/ she will be listed on top of all the other participants.

If for some reason you don’t want to be on video call but still want to stay on chat you can do that too. Just tap on the turn camera off icon and you will still have voice connection without having to use camera.

You can’t remove any of the participants on your own. Not even the ones you added. He/ She will have to disconnect themselves if they want to leave.

In the calls tab you can find your group video calls history. If you want to find the individuals from the call you can open the call history.

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