WhatsApp Releases Its New Video Calling Feature To All Users Starting Today

Instant messaging app WhatsApp Messenger has, as of today, began distributing its new video calling feature to the grand public.

Nov 15, 2016Apps

According to the company, in the coming days, more than one billion users of the app will be able to make WhatsApp video calls across the variety of mobile platforms it runs on.

Specifically, the company mentions both Android and iOS will get the new feature as well as Windows Phone devices which is far less popular platform in comparison to the former two.

A fact which might be better explained through the following WhatsApp statement:

“We’re introducing this feature because we know that sometimes voice and text just aren’t enough. … 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.”

As previously reported, WhatsApp inc. has already released its video calling feature about 3 weeks ago to beta users for testing purposes.

Back then, the feature still suffered some rough edges, yet being released on the stable channel, it’s probably safe to assume most of those had been sorted out.

WhatsApp video calls

WhatsApp video calls

How To Use WhatsApp Video Calling?

WhatsApp users who wish to start a Video call may do so by either going inside “CALLS” tab > tap the phone icon at the top > then click on the video icon next to the person you wish to initiate a call with.

Alternatively, you may also open up a chat window, whether existing or new, and once again tap the phone icon at the top > then select whether you wish to make a voice or video call and the call will be made.

One thing to note is that the person you’re calling to also has to have a WhatsApp version that supports video calls, otherwise it won’t work.

Once the conversation has started, you’ll see a video stream captured by your partner’s front camera, while, another small window will be showing on top of that video stream, displaying what your camera captures so you could see what your partner is seeing.