WhatsApp Introduces Instant Video Messaging

These are short 60-second pieces that users will be able to record on their own and share in a chat.

The instant messaging app WhatsApp is introducing a new feature to make it easier for users to communicate with each other.

In addition to sending text, photos, documents or creating voice messages, they will now also be able to send instant video messages. These are short 60-second pieces that users can record themselves and share in a chat as a way of showing something or responding to someone in real time.

It works in a similar way to voice messages. Simply switch to video mode and press and hold to create the video. There will be an option to record in hands-free mode.

When it is played back, it will be muted automatically. The receiver will have to tap on it to activate the sound.

WhatsApp explains that this “will be a fun way to share moments with all the emotion that videos generate, whether it’s wishing someone a happy birthday, laughing at a joke or giving good news”.