WhatsApp group calls are on track to behave more like Zoom calls and other more free-form chats. The company has begun to spread the ability to join ongoing group calls, rather than having to be (and will be) when the call begins. You can leave and leave at will, until you have been invited to the beginning.
There is also a call information screen to show who is participating and invited to a chat. Also, don’t worry if you have to press “ignore” for a call – the door will always be open if you want to join later.
The addition is a recognition that Zoom and other more flexible video chat services are still popular even when the pandemic (hopefully) runs out. WhatsApp also recognizes that some people have always had different video chat habits – this could make the service more attractive if you always leave a video chat running so that friends can come in when they have a moment.
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