Video calls have become such an integral part of our lives. So much so that we don’t even notice that an app we use multiple times a day doesn’t have the feature until we actually want to make a call.
You can now make video calls on WhatsApp. Did you know that you couldn’t before?
After Facebook Messenger, now WhatsApp also wants to join the video call party. In what it aims at something like FaceTime, but across multiple devices, WhatsApp, today, officially launched the feature to its user base of over one billion.
And here’s how WhatsApp sees the new feature:
“There’s no substitute for watching your grandchild take her first steps, or seeing your daughter’s face while she’s studying abroad. And we want to make these features available to everyone, not just those who can afford the most expensive new phones or live in countries with the best cellular networks.”
Wait, I had video calling before.
If you’re recollecting a video call option on your WhatsApp before today, know that that’s a special beta launch the company had tried. The feature had been enabled for beta testing on Android and Windows phones for a while.
How to make a video call?
It’s the same as making a voice call:
- Open a chat.
- Tap on the phone icon.
- Select video call.
Enjoy talking to your loved one.
Why is this a big deal?
WhatsApp is late to the party. Most of its competitors like Skype, Viber, and Duo already offer the video calling functionality. However, none of the other services have as many users as WhatsApp does. WhatsApp has emerged as a market leader in instant messaging and so this feature comes as a significant update to its users.
Don’t see it yet?
If you don’t see the video calling option on your WhatsApp right away, relax. The company has started rolling out the feature in stages, and their entire user base will get the update in the following days.
WhatsApp is also trying out two-factor authentication in some of its beta versions. So stay tuned.