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WHATAPP has revealed major improvements to a key feature of the app: calling.

Even though you probably mostly use WhatsApp for texting, its calling features are seriously handy.

For a start, they won't eat into your phone contract minutes – that's great if you have WiFi access.

But it also means that your calls are end-to-end encrypted, so no one (including WhatsApp) is able to listen in.

WhatsApp has revealed six major changes to calling that are live right now.

So make sure you've updated your app on the Google Play store for Android, or the App Store for iOS on iPhone.

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"While WhatsApp is best known for bringing private and secure messaging to users across the world, more and more people are using WhatsApp as a way to connect with voice and video calls," WhatsApp said in a new blog post.

"That’s why over the course of this year we’ve launched several improvements to calling on WhatsApp, for catching up with your loved ones, colleagues and communities securely."

The first change is that WhatsApp now allows 32-person video calls – four times the number of people before.

That means video calls now have the same maximum capacity as voice calls on WhatsApp.

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Second is the ability to message or mute people on your calls.

Long-press on a participant to enlarge the video or audio feed.

This will allow you to either mute or message them separately, without ending your current call.

The third feature is the ability to share call links with other people.

That means you can very easily invite people to a group call ahead of time – which is great if you're using it for work, or a special occasion.

Fourthly, WhatsApp has added colourful waveforms.

This should help you see who is speaking if their camera is off.

Fifth is the addition of in-call banner notifications.

This will alert you when someone new joins a call that you're in.

And finally, WhatsApp has added Picture-In-Picture mode for iOS.

It's currently in beta testing (more on that below), so you'll only be able to try it if you're signed up to the test version of WhatsApp.

But it will eventually roll out to all users in the new year.

This lets you easily multitask while you're on a call thanks to a minimised thumbnail of the video screen – just like with Apple's FaceTime.

If you want to join the beta to check out Picture-In-Picture mode, follow our guide below.

How to get WhatsApp beta

To download WhatsApp beta for your smartphone you need to go to Google Play on your Android and search for WhatsApp.

Scroll down the page until you see "Become a Beta Tester".

Tap the "I'm In" button and then click "Join" to confirm.

Now all you have to do is wait for the update to the beta version of the app.

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Joining the WhatsApp beta on iOS is more difficult, and has limited capacity.

Follow Apple’s guide here.

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