WhatsApp adds picture-in-picture video calls to iOS app

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An update to WhatsApp has enabled picture-in-picture mode for video calls, bringing the Meta-owned messaging service in line with FaceTime for the feature.

WhatsApp on an iPhone display.
WhatsApp on an iPhone display.


In December, WhatsApp said it was bringing picture-in-picture to iOS, with a beta test of the feature potentially allowing for it to be offered to users in the new year. In an update on February 17, the feature finally makes its way to the public.

Picture-in-picture for WhatsApp works like other messaging services that have the same feature, in that the inbound video feed is shrunk down to a small window in the corner of the screen. Like other PiP variants, this means the user can use their iPhone to access other parts of the app, or even entirely different apps, while remaining on the same call.

While the patch notes for version 23.3.77 in the App Store says the feature is supported in that version of the app, it may be some time before other users will be able to actually use it for themselves.

As part of the same update users can also add captions when sending documents to others, as well as added support for longer group subjects and descriptions.

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Comments

  • Reply 1 of 6
    Now meta will know what one looks like.  A great feature for collecting more of one's data for their profit.
    danoxwatto_cobra
  • Reply 2 of 6
    Start with adding support for multiple devices. I stopped using WhatsApp because it is only available on my work phone. iMessage all the way!
    Andy.Hardwakewatto_cobramacseeker
  • Reply 3 of 6
    avon b7avon b7 Posts: 7,831member
    jmaximus said:
    Start with adding support for multiple devices. I stopped using WhatsApp because it is only available on my work phone. iMessage all the way!
    You would have virtually no one to talk to if you stopped using WhatsApp and switched to Messages in most of the world.

    Why was WhatsApp only available on your work phone? 

    Multiple devices? WhatsApp Web has been available for ages and multiple device support has been available for a while (on Android phones at least). The last holdout was tablets and that is now supported too. 

    If you had dual SIM and an Android phone you could probably use an App Twin feature and run two WhatsApp accounts off the same phone. 

    https://consumer.huawei.com/en/support/content/en-us15819337/






    edited February 2023 muthuk_vanalingam
  • Reply 4 of 6
    avon b7 said:
    jmaximus said:
    Start with adding support for multiple devices. I stopped using WhatsApp because it is only available on my work phone. iMessage all the way!
    You would have virtually no one to talk to if you stopped using WhatsApp and switched to Messages in most of the world.

    Why was WhatsApp only available on your work phone? 

    Multiple devices? WhatsApp Web has been available for ages and multiple device support has been available for a while (on Android phones at least). The last holdout was tablets and that is now supported too. 

    If you had dual SIM and an Android phone you could probably use an App Twin feature and run two WhatsApp accounts off the same phone. 

    https://consumer.huawei.com/en/support/content/en-us15819337/






    He means one same account on both his work and personal phones. I agree with him. 
    slow n easywatto_cobrauraharaFileMakerFeller
  • Reply 5 of 6
    Meta can stick their WhatsApp collected meta data right where the sun don’t shine 
    watto_cobramacseeker
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