WhatsApp is continuing to innovate communication methods with the introduction of a new feature: instant video messages. This update expands on the existing voice message function, which has become a staple for users due to its speed and security.
Video messages are designed to augment real-time chat responses. Users can now record and share personal videos directly in the chat, lasting up to 60 seconds each. These short videos can capture and convey a wide range of sentiments and information, from everyday exchanges like laughter at a joke, sharing personal news, to special moments such as wishing someone a happy birthday.
sometimes you just have to see it to believe it 👀 now you can capture the moment right when it happens with a Video Message. pic.twitter.com/QiDTRhRRJ6
— WhatsApp (@WhatsApp) July 27, 2023
The process for sending video messages has been integrated seamlessly into the existing user interface. By mimicking the voice message feature, users can easily switch to video mode with a simple tap and hold the screen to record. An added swipe up functionality provides a hands-free recording option, enhancing user convenience. On the recipient’s end, these video messages play automatically on mute upon opening in the chat, with sound activated with just a tap on the video.
Continuing its commitment to user privacy and security, WhatsApp has ensured that all video messages are protected with end-to-end encryption, a feature synonymous with the platform. This technology ensures that only the sender and recipient can view the video message, keeping conversations secure and private.
WhatsApp has initiated the roll-out of the instant video messages, with plans to make the feature available to all users in the coming weeks.