WhatsApp is testing various exciting features to enhance its functionality and appeal on Android and iOS platforms. As the messaging app is owned by Meta, it is striving to provide users with an improved experience. Among the updates being tested are a bottom navigation bar, a redesigned Context Menu, and an Action Button. Notably, iOS users can expect significant changes as well. The latest development indicates that users will soon be able to share real-time, one-to-one video messages through the platform. The upcoming feature is part of the WhatsApp Beta for Android version 18.104.22.168 and WhatsApp Beta for iOS version 22.214.171.124, as reported by WABetaInfo. Exciting times lie ahead for WhatsApp users with the introduction of video messages!
The screenshot above provides a sneak peek into the video messaging feature on both iOS and Android platforms. In iOS, a new video icon appears alongside the camera icon. By tapping and holding the video icon, users can send a 60-second real-time video clip. To switch to the voice message feature, a single tap on the video icon is sufficient. Similarly, on Android, if the feature is available, the regular ‘audio message’ icon is replaced with a ‘video’ icon.
This new feature brings a sense of immediacy as users can receive videos in real time rather than receiving pre-recorded videos to be viewed later. Like text messages and audio messages, video messages are also protected by end-to-end encryption to ensure data security and privacy. However, it’s important to note that recipients can still use screen recording to save the videos they receive.
Currently, this feature is only accessible to a limited number of fortunate beta testers on both iOS and Android. Over the following weeks, a wider feature rollout can be expected. However, it is still too early to determine when the video messaging feature will be available to the general public. Rest assured, we will keep you updated and provide the latest information. Meanwhile, we’d love to hear your thoughts on the ability to send video messages via WhatsApp.