WhatsApp Introduces Instant Video Messages

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WhatsApp is adding the ability to instantly record and share video messages directly in a chat. The new feature will work similarly to the voice message option supported by WhatsApp and the video messages will have a 60 seconds duration limit.

Meta’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg has shared a short clip on Facebook illustrating how the new feature works.

Mark Zuckerberg on Facebook: How the instant video messaging feature works

In a blog post, WhatsApp says, “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.”

Users can access this feature by tapping the mic button to switch to video and hold to record the video. You can also record a video “hands-free” by swiping it up. Once opened in the chat, the video will play automatically on mute, to unmute you’ll have to tap the video.

Similar to messaging, calls and even backups, WhatsApp instant video messaging feature is also end-to-end encrypted.

The feature was in beta and was only available to select users but now, the company has announced the feature will be rolling out to all users in the coming weeks.

WhatsApp recently rolled out Channels in Kenya.