How to join a WhatsApp video call that has already started

The pace of launching new WhatsApp features is relentless, a very positive detail of the messaging platform. On this occasion, it’s time to talk about a long-awaited tool in the application, which allows you to participate in WhatsApp group video calls already started.

Yes, it is already possible to participate in video calls that have started without you, and in this article, we will explain how to do it.

After expanding the group call participant limit from four to eight people, WhatsApp adds this change to continue improving the user experience. Now you no longer have to bother members to ask them to call you back when you weren’t able to respond in time, you can do it yourself.


WhatsApp managers know that video calls are already a fundamental part of the application, especially at a time when in-person encounters are not so common. This is why he decided to improve the group video call function by adding a button which is basically useful, as it allows you to enter group calls already started.

Surely you happened to receive a call on WhatsApp to join a group video call, but you didn’t arrive in time to answer and you stayed out. When you saw that the video call started without you, you had to talk to one of the participants to ask him to add you again. Fortunately, this problem has already passed on WhatsApp.

WhatsApp has introduced a feature that allows you to join a group call even if it has already started, eliminating the need to answer during the first rings of the call. This also makes it easier for participants to join, leave and rejoin a group call during the call.

This WhatsApp tool also includes a new tab where you can find information about the active call, such as who is currently inside and who are the invited users who have not yet joined. Next, we explain step by step how to join a WhatsApp video call that has already started:

  • Open WhatsApp and go to the “Calls” tab.
  • If the group call is still in progress, tap it. This will take you to a screen with information about the call and its users.
  • Tap the green “Join” button to join the video call. Even if you click the “Ignore” button, you can join later from the same “Calls” tab.

Undoubtedly, this new feature comes to improve the experience for users, who will not have to depend on others to join a group video call to which they are invited, but whose start has been lost because they did not arrive in time.

This tool is now available for all WhatsApp users. If it is not yet active on your device, you just have to update WhatsApp or wait a few more days to receive it.

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