Signal Group Calls finally go live, here is how you can make an encrypted call
Signal group calls are now an official feature after years in the cold. This comes after a long wait in the cold where Signal has stayed put as one of the best and most secure WhatsApp alternatives in the same league as Telegram, Imo, among others.
Now, Signal supports group calls the same way WhatsApp does. This can be attributed to the growth in video conferencing with Zoom headlining the list of popular variants influenced by the COVID19 Pandemic.
As a must-have, with Signal Group Calls, end to end encryption is a primary function that promises the best security during any hosted group call. More so, group calls are free, private, and highly secure as the norm is with WhatsApp, Telegram, and other IM Platforms.
By default, Signal group video calls start with a grid view by default. “You can also swipe up to switch to a view that automatically focuses the screen on who is speaking, and it will update in real-time as the active speaker changes,” as per the Signal blog post.
To make a Signal group call, simply open a group chat in the signal app and tap the video call button at the top. Once a call starts, the group will be notified of the started call so that they can join in and participate.
At the moment, group calls are limited to 5 participants displayed in grid view by default, to change the display model, simply swipe up to select a list of available views you can choose from.
Hence, Signal is finally on the same video conferencing grid as WhatsApp, Telegram, IMO, and other great Instant Messaging (IM) platforms. In the coming weeks, Signal will be activating video calls for legacy groups as well.