A few weeks after the updated iOS app from WhatsApp brought the call waiting feature to the iPhone users, the call waiting feature is now available to Android users. As the name suggests, the feature now allows users to see incoming WhatsApp calls even if they are already on a call. The feature is available through WhatsApp version 2.19.352, which is the latest stable version of the app in the Google Play store.
If you have updated WhatsApp in the last few days or so, you will already have this feature. If not, you can update the app now.
While the name of the feature is call waiting, it is slightly different from how call waiting works with cellular calls. Unlike on a phone call where you can put people on hold, and in a way can simultaneously talk to two people by switching between calls, on WhatsApp you will have to be active on only one call. So what the call waiting feature on WhatsApp does is this:
— If you are already on a WhatsApp call, you will be able to see if there is a new call coming on your WhatsApp number.
— Once you see this call, you will get option to either accept it or reject it. You will not be able to put it on hold, or put on hold the call that you are already attending to.
— In other words, you have to prioritise and make a choice. You want to continue with your old call, or want to disconnect and take the new call.
How is it different from what the app offers right now? Right now if you are on a WhatsApp call and if you get another call, then that second call is out-rightly rejected by the app. Now you will have a choice. This is how WhatsApp describes the new feature in the changelog, “Added call waiting support so you can choose to accept an incoming WhatsApp call while you’re already on another call.”
WhatsApp Group Privacy settings and battery drain fix
Apart from bringing new call waiting feature, the latest WhatsApp version 2.19.352 also adds couple of other new features to the app. Here is what the changelog says:
— There is a new privacy setting in WhatsApp Android app. This “new privacy settings allow you to control who can add you to groups”. To use it, Go to Settings > Account > Privacy > Groups.
— WhatsApp says that now on Android app “you can now require a fingerprint to unlock WhatsApp”. To use this feature, try this: Settings > Account > Privacy > Fingerprint lock and then enable Unlock with fingerprint.
— WhatsApp says that the Version 2.19.352 fixes an issue which caused fast battery drain on some devices. We earlier heard of WhatsApp causing massive battery drain on OnePlus phones. May be this new update fixes it.