WhatsApp has introduced a new feature for its instant video messaging capability, enhancing user control. While the platform unveiled the ability to send real-time video messages last month, this feature was initially enabled by default in the app's settings. However, the latest WhatsApp beta update for Android and iOS has added a new toggle, providing users with more control.
As per WhatsApp development tracker WABetaInfo, WhatsApp beta for iOS 188.8.131.52 and WhatsApp beta for Android 184.108.40.206 now include a toggle for instant video messaging. Users can manually enable or disable this feature within the app's settings, opting to send voice messages instead. Even with the feature turned off, users will still receive video messages.
Numerous users have already reported encountering this feature turned off, so those interested in sending instant video messages are advised to review their WhatsApp settings.
To access this new feature, users can download the latest WhatsApp beta for Android from the Google Play Store and WhatsApp beta for iOS from the TestFlight app. It is expected to roll out to a broader user base in the coming days.
WhatsApp recently introduced the capability to record and send short videos as messages. Users can find a video recorder icon alongside the text box, similar to the voice recording feature. By tapping it, they can send real-time video messages lasting up to 60 seconds, which are end-to-end encrypted. These video messages initially play without sound, but users can activate the sound by tapping on the video. WhatsApp already provides the option to send images or pre-recorded videos as media attachments within text messages.