Roughly a year after the plan to introduce group call to the telegram massaging app was announced, finally is here with us. The feature, however, is available globally for all users and can be used on mobile devices, tablets, desktops.
The new move by the London-based instant messaging app takes on the likes of Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, and Apple’s FaceTime.
In addition to group video calls, Telegram has brought a handful of interface-level changes through the latest update. These changes include the addition of animated backgrounds, new message sending animations, and new animated emoji. The updated Telegram also includes a special menu button for bots.
How to Use Telegram group video calls
The new telegram update brings the ability to let users convert their group audio conversations into video calls.
To enable/ switch your group Audio chat to video, Users just need to tap the camera icon in a group audio call to switch their video on. Once enabled, you can pin one of your group members to see their video on the front.
Telegram also provided the option to share your screen and even both your camera feed and screen simultaneously. The messaging goes hard in allowing a maximum of 30 people to participate in a group conversation.
This simply means that you can’t add more than 29 members to your group video calls on Telegram unlike Whatsapp group video call that can carry only 8 participatese. But nonetheless, Telegram has promised to increase that limit soon.
Telegram Group Video call on Desktop
Moreover, Telegram noted on a blogpost that Users on tablets and desktops get additional support during video calls, where they can open the side panel and see a split-screen view of the video grid and list of participants.
On desktops, users will also have the ability for selective screensharing. This means that users can broadcast only an individual program during their group video calls, instead of showing the rest of the participants the entire screen. This is similar to how you can share a particular screen from your desktop when using Zoom.
Desktop users will also get members pinned automatically when they share their screen. Further, voice chats will be available on desktops in a separate window to let users type and talk without leaving their other important tasks.