WhatsApp now lets you send video messages

Vlad, 28 July 2023

Voice messages have been a staple feature of WhatsApp for years now. And so have voice calls. But also video calls. Spot what's missing in this series? Indeed, video messages. Well, they were missing, up until today that is.

WhatsApp finally supports sending and receiving video messages. These can be up to 60 seconds long each, and are protected with WhatsApp's end-to-end encryption.

WhatsApp now lets you send video messages

Sending a video message has been made intentionally similar to the way sending a voice message works, so that there isn't an additional learning curve. The icon previously meant for voice messages can now be tapped in order to go into video message mode. Then you simply hold it and record just as with voice messages, and when you release it gets sent. You can also swipe up to lock and record the video without needing to keep the button pressed - again, just like with voice messages.

Videos play automatically on mute when opened in a chat, and tapping on a video while it's playing will start (and then toggle) the sound. Video messages are now rolling out and will be available to all of WhatsApp's users "in the coming weeks".



Reader comments

  • Anonymous
  • 31 Jul 2023
  • wgX

Why wont it have sms also I’d love it as main app

Recording and taking pics can already be done in the app...this is nothing new. Like I said already, click the camera icon, choose video, take the clip you want and then press send. Where/what is the benefit???

  • Anonymous
  • 29 Jul 2023
  • 0TZ

It's faster, because you don't need to open your native camera app to record and then upload it from the gallery, everything is done in the app. Also it's faster to load for the recipient due to smaller file size.

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