WhatsApp Video Calling is a good news for whatsapp users but bad for compitative companies like Skype and Apple’s Facetime.
Now whatsapp users will be able to make video calls across Android, iPhone, and Windows Phone devices in the coming days, according to a statement posted on the company’s blog.
The new functionality looks similar to the normal voice calling feature, however a picture-in-picture feed will allow you to see yourself and who you’re talking to.
Video calling is one of several new additions to WhatsApp’s feature suite in recent weeks.
In October, the company rolled-out a feature that allowed users to draw on images, similar to functionalities found on Snapchat, Instagram and iMessage.
Updated WhatsApp with support for video calling for Android and iPhone has officially been released, so you simply need to update the feature to make your first video call.
If your iOS or Android device is not set to receive automatic updates, or if you are not sure if WhatsApp has been updated, simply go to the App Store or Google Play and check for available updates.
If you don’t see the video calling option, or if WhatsApp video calling is not working, or if WhatsApp video calls are giving you an error, you could download the WhatsApp beta version APK to see if things work any better.
It is advisable to wait for the WhatsApp video calling feature to show up on your phone, since that also helps the server load manageable.
But if you are convinced you want to start video calls right now, follow these steps.
Open Google Play and search for WhatsApp
Open WhatsApp’s Google Play listing
Scroll down towards the bottom of the page
In the section that says Become a beta tester tap on I’M IN
Confirm on the next screen and wait for a few minutes
Come back to WhatsApp listing page on Google Play
You should see an option to Update WhatsApp to beta version
Update the app
Alternatively, you could download the WhatsApp APK that comes with support for video calling (v2.16.354) from a website like APK Mirror or APK Pure, if you know what you are doing.
We advice most of our readers to follow the above-mentioned steps to officially get on the WhatsApp beta version for video calling and other features, and skip the risks associated with downloading the WhatsApp APK.
How to make a WhatsApp video call
If you are now running the latest WhatsApp beta – or if the video calling feature is available to you after launch – it’s pretty simply to start a video call with another WhatsApp user.
Here’s how to make a video call within WhatsApp:
Go to the Contacts tab
Find and tap the contact you want to initiate a WhatsApp video call with
Tap on the phone icon towards the top of the screen
From the popup choose Video call