Signal provides support for encrypted group video calling

Encrypted messaging app Signal has added support for group video calling for up to five people, the company announced. Group calls can be started by tapping the video call button at the top of a supported group chat. Calls are “end-to-end encrypted like everything else on Signal,” the company said. By default, attendees are displayed in a grid format. However, you can swipe up to get a view that focuses on individual speakers.

With a five-person limit, Signal won’t replace video conferencing services like Zoom anytime soon, but the company says it is working on increasing the maximum number of call participants over time.

By default, group calls are displayed in a gallery view. However, you can swipe up to focus on the person speaking.
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Group video calls are available in the service’s iOS and Android apps. However, they are currently limited to new signal group chats and will not appear in older legacy chats. Signal launched its new group chats back in October, supporting @mentions, group admins, and more granular permissions. According to Signal, older legacy chats will be updated to the new chat style in the coming weeks.