It has been noticed that WhatsApp is rolling out a new toggle for the recently introduced instant video message feature. The messaging platform added the ability to record and send real-time video messages last month. The feature, which allows users to send a short video of up to 60 seconds, is enabled by default in the app’s settings. However, the latest WhatsApp beta update for Android and iOS has reportedly added a new toggle in the app settings that will give users more control.
According to a report from WhatsApp development tracker WABetaInfo, the WhatsApp beta for iOS 188.8.131.52 and WhatsApp beta for Android 184.108.40.206 update added a new toggle for the instant video messaging feature. It allows users to manually enable or disable the feature by going into the app’s settings and switching to sending voice messages instead. However, users will continue to receive video messages even if the feature is disabled on their phone.
The report also added that many users have seen the feature disabled. Therefore, those who are willing to send instant video messages are advised to check WhatsApp settings.
Users can download the latest WhatsApp beta for Android from the Google Play Store and WhatsApp beta for iOS from the TestFlight app to access this new feature. It will reportedly roll out to more users in the coming days.
The instant messaging app had recently introduced the ability to record short videos and send them as messages. As part of the feature, users can see a video recorder icon next to the text box (like the voice recording feature). If they tap that, they can record and send a real-time video message of up to 60 seconds. Notably, these messages are also end-to-end encrypted. By default, the videos are played without sound when received. To unmute the video message, users must tap the video again. WhatsApp already offers the option to send images or pre-recorded videos as media attachments in text messages.
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