WhatsApp – the most popular instant messaging app is transforming into a video calling platform. They have been testing WhatsApp video calls feature in their beta version released for Windows and Android operated smartphones.
The company received great feedback from their users and now the time for beta testing is getting an end as WhatsApp is officially launching video calling for its over 1 billion users worldwide on iOS, Android and Windows smartphones.
The WhatsApp lovers were anxiously waiting for video calls features from the company as its competitors including Facebook Messenger, Skype, FaceTime, Viber, LINE and Google Duo already support the video-calling feature.
How to use WhatsApp Video Calls Feature
For using the WhatsApp video calls feature, update your WhatsApp client and use a powerful internet connection. You can use 3G or 4G-LTE if the network signals are active or Wi-Fi is an alternative.
To use the new feature, WhatsApp users can hit the call button in the top right corner of a conversation, which will bring up an overlaid option asking if you want to place a voice or video call the friend or family member you’re chatting with. To kick off the video call, you simply select the “video call” option from this screen.
WhatsApp already supports a number of standard features for communications apps like group messaging and voice calling. But the company says that video calling has remained one of its top feature requests from users. In addition, WhatsApp touts its cross-platform support as one of the reasons to use video calling in its app, instead of elsewhere.
“…we want to make these features available to everyone, not just those who can afford the most expensive new phones or live in countries with the best cellular networks,” the company said in its announcement, published today. That’s a direct hit on FaceTime that only works on Apple devices as well as newer arrivals, like Google Duo, that only runs on later versions of iOS and Android (Jelly Bean and up, or iOS 9 and up).
Video calling isn’t the only new addition to arrive recently. The company also rolled out two-factor authentication in some of its beta versions, hinting that its next big release could be a security-focused upgrade.
If you are not seeing video calling in WhatsApp today, don’t worry it might be because your region is scheduled next in the rollout that will hit your smartphone in a few days.
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