(Pocket-Lint) – WhatsApp recently increased the number of participants who could take part in a group call from eight to 32, but now the messaging platform is again increasing the number to 512.
Yes, you read that right. If we put it in a group with 512 people, we will keep it straight silent. The feature, which shows the ability to add up to 512 people to a WhatsApp group, went into beta in early May, but is now starting to roll out to iOS, Android and desktop users.
For iOS users, you need to run WhatsApp 126.96.36.199 and later, while Android users will need to run 188.8.131.52 and later to be able to get updates. You may have to wait 24 hours before you get it though don’t panic if you still haven’t got it, you have to wait 512 friends.
In addition to the official rollout of the larger group options on WhatsApp, the company is reportedly working on the ability to export your WhatsApp backups from Google Drive to a beta version of the Android app. According to WABetaInfo, This feature is being tested on Android version 184.108.40.206 and backup will include your complete chat history, not just messages but also pictures, videos and other media files. Although it is not clear when this feature will be released.
For now, check if you can add 512 participants to a group by opening WhatsApp, tapping into a new group, and if you have the feature, you’ll see 0/512 under Add participants at the top.
Written by Brita O’Boyle.