WhatsApp is working on a new interface for when you're in a group voice call

Whatsapp Group Message on iPhone X
Whatsapp Group Message on iPhone X (Image credit: Luke Filipowicz/iMore)

What you need to know

  • WhatsApp is working on a redesigned interface for when people are in a group voice call.
  • An updated interface is now available for those who are part of the WhatsApp beta test.
  • Changes are also coming to the one-on-one voice call interface.

The hugely popular instant messaging service WhatsApp is working on a redesigned interface for when people are in group voice calls on iPhones, according to a new report.

The change, which was first reported by WhatsApp watchers WABetaInfo, means that people will see an updated interface when making a group voice call. The change mimics one that has already been seen for calls that are one-on-one, too.

As you can see in this screenshot, WhatsApp has redesigned the interface when you're in a group call. A similar redesign is also available when you place a simple voice call, as announced in a previous article when the feature was under development. If the new interface is enabled, people can also see real-time voice waveforms.In addition, the redesign includes a wallpaper voice call, that cannot be edited at the moment.

The change appears to only be available for a limited number of people who are already part of WhatsApp's beta program but we can expect that to expand in due course. There is also no indication of when this feature change will be made available to everyone, but WhatsApp is normally fairly quick and moving things through the development pipeline.

WhatsApp is one of the best iPhone apps at what it does and it's great to see the group calling interface get a lick of paint.

Oliver Haslam

Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too. Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.