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  • Kyle Chua

WhatsApp Rolls Out Instant Video Messages

Updated: Dec 18, 2023

WhatsApp wants to make your chats more fun by letting you capture moments on video.

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The Meta-owned messaging app has begun rolling out instant video messages, a new feature that lets you record and share whatever you want to say or show directly on your chats. Instant video messages can be up to 60 seconds and are protected by end-to-end encryption, similar to text-based messages.


"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," said WhatsApp in a news release.


The new feature works almost the same as sending a voice message, which WhatsApp introduced all the way back in 2013. First, you, of course, have to open the one-on-one or group chat that you want to share your video message with. After which, you have to tap the microphone icon on the lower right-hand corner of your screen to switch from voice to video. Then, hold the video button or swipe up to start recording while you're hands-free. Once you're through, simply release the button to send the video to the chat.

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Don't worry in case you weren't happy with your recording. You can delete instant video messages the same way you can delete text messages. Just tap and hold the message and hit delete once the option pops up.


Instant video messages also automatically play on mute, so you don't have to worry about anyone else hearing them. To play the audio, you simply tap on the video message.


WhatsApp said the feature is now rolling out and will be available to everyone in the coming weeks. If it's not available for you yet, try checking whether you're running the latest version of the app.


WhatsApp recently also rolled out WhatsApp Chat, an official chat that helps you stay up to date on all the latest tips, tricks, product and privacy features on the messaging app. The feature helps you make the most of your WhatsApp experience, bringing all the things you might need to know to better connect with your friends and family all in a single place.

 
  • WhatsApp has begun rolling out instant video messages, a new feature that lets you record and share whatever you want to say or show directly on your chats.

  • Instant video messages can be up to 60 seconds and are protected by end-to-end encryption, similar to text-based messages.

  • Sending a video message on WhatsApp works the same way as sending a voice message.

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