In a bid to be more competitive with video conferencing platforms like Zoom, Google Meet, and Microsoft Teams, Meta has added a new screen sharing functionality to WhatsApp. And there’s also a landscape mode being introduced to the messaging app’s video calling feature.
Mark Zuckerberg took to his social channels to share this new WhatsApp update. “We’re adding the ability to share your screen during a video call on WhatsApp,” he wrote while sharing an image of a video call featuring a shared screen in landscape mode.
As you can see, the shared screen occupies most of the space, with the participants appearing on the right in the form of rectangular tiles. While in a video call, participants will be able to share their screens by tapping on an arrow icon that indicates the ‘share’ option.
The rollout of this feature has started but will be a gradual one. So if you can’t see it on your phone, be assured that it will arrive soon. All you need to do to test it is perform a video call with multiple participants and look for the new share button.
Recently, WhatsApp was also blessed with a feature that allows users to send short video messages instead of just recording their audio. These video messages appear as circles in the conversation and can only be one-minute long.
Thai feature can be accessed by using the mic icon that’s present for recording audio messages. Tapping on it once will change it into a video camera icon and by holding on it, you will be able to record your video message.
Coming back to the WhatsApp screen sharing feature, it will work on iOS, Android, and Windows devices.