Due to the recent pandemic, an increase in the usage of video conferencing apps can be seen. This is because of the large-scale use of apps by individuals for attending classes while working from home, for meetings, and more. The usage of these apps has significantly increased when compared to the earlier scenario. Zoom became an extensively used conferencing app of the year alongside a few others. Also, it showed us what is the importance of privacy for such apps.
Similar to Zoom, Signal Private Messenger has recently added end-to-end encryption on its mobile app for group video calls. For a long time, Signal has been offering encryption for one-on-one video and voice calls. However, now the service is looking forward to serving as a substitute for group video calls on Instagram and WhatsApp. The key aspect of the group video calling feature of Signal is that it is end-to-end encrypted. The data shared over the app is completely secured, and nothing gets saved on the servers of Signal.
How to Form Group Video Calls on Signal
If you have been using Signal for a reasonable amount of time, you will now notice a video calling button in the group chat on the top. You need to press that button to start a video call. Once you press it, it will allow you to have a face-to-face conversation with your group. Once you start the video call, a notification will be sent to every participant of your group that you have started a video call. It’s pretty self-explanatory.
The video calls, by default, start in a grid format. Also, If required, you can switch to that view which focuses on the speaker who is active. You can swipe up to that mode, and it will automatically update in real-time, depending on the speaker. This has been stated in Signal’s official blog post.
How Many Users Can Join a Group Video Call on Signal?
One of the most significant queries of the users would be, how many participants can be added to the group video call on Signal? So here you have your answer. At present, Signal offers you the option to add up to five participants at a time to a group video call. The group video call’s participants limit will be increased very soon as the company has planned to implement it in the upcoming days.
At present, this feature will only be available for the Signal group that are newly styled and cannot be seen in the legacy groups. However, the legacy groups will soon start updating to New Groups, and then the feature will be available to use for all.
So, these were the details regarding the newly added end-to-end encrypted video calling feature of Signal.
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