Meta has launched a new WhatsApp feature that allows users to send and receive short video messages in their chats, adding more emotion and personality to the messaging experience.
Instant video messages are similar to voice messages, but with video. The recording process is also similar to voice messages. Users can tap the icon to the right of the text field to switch to video mode and share up to 60 seconds of video with their contacts. They can also swipe up to lock and record the video hands-free.
Likely to distinguish from regular videos, video messages show up in a circular form in chats. They play automatically on mute but users can tap on them to hear the sound.
The feature also supports end-to-end encryption, ensuring that the messages are secure and private.
Meta says that instant video messages are a fun and convenient way to share moments with friends and family, “whether it’s wishing someone a happy birthday, laughing at a joke, or bringing good news.”