Meta-owned WhatsApp on Thursday announced a new feature that allows users to record and share short personal videos directly in the chat window. Users can record instant video messages, which can be up to 60 seconds long.
“Voice messages on WhatsApp changed the way people communicate by providing a quick and secure way to share your voice. We’re excited to build on this feature with new instant video messages,” WhatsApp wrote in a blog post.
“Video messages are a real-time way to respond to chats with whatever you want to say and show in 60 seconds. We think these will be a fun way to share moments with all the emotion that comes from video, whether it’s wishing someone a happy birthday, laughing at a joke, or bringing good news.”
WhatsApp Adds Support For Instant Video Messages Feature
According to WhatsApp, sending a video message is as simple as sending a voice message. Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg also shared a video on Facebook to show how recording and sharing an instant video message will work.
“New for WhatsApp — we’re adding the ability to instantly record and share a video message in your WhatsApp chats. It’s as easy as sending a quick voice message,” Zuckerberg said in a post.
How To Send Video Messages On WhatsApp?
To use the feature, users need to tap to switch to the video mode and then simply hold it to record the video. Users can also swipe up to lock and record the video hands-free, similar to how voice notes work.
In a chat, the video messages, when opened, will play automatically on mute, and tapping on the video will start the sound. Video messages will remain in the user’s chat history until they delete them.
Regarding safety, WhatsApp adds that video messages are protected with end-to-end encryption for secure communication.
The instant messaging platform has gradually started rolling out the new feature and will be available to users globally in the coming days on Android and iOS.
If you wish to get the new feature manually, you can download the latest version of WhatsApp from the Google Play Store or Apple App Store.