A step by step guide to using a Whatsapp video calling feature
Facebook-owned popular instant messaging app WhatsApp finally revealed new calling feature for its over 1 billion users worldwide on iOS, Android, and Windows 10 Phone . It is one of the fastest growing social networking apps. The App got a voice calling feature last year and this year, the new addition is WhatsApp video calling. It’s technically an instant messenger, though, but new features make it ever more exciting.
WHAT IS THE ACTUAL UPDATE?
Whatsapp wrote in its Official blog post–
“Today we’re excited to announce the next step in our efforts to connect people – WhatsApp video calling. In the coming days, WhatsApp’s more than one billion users can make video calls across Android, iPhone, and Windows Phone devices.
We’re introducing this feature because we know that sometimes voice and text just aren’t enough. 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.”
WhatsApp says video calling will use learning from voice calls to make it fast and reliable. Also, video calls are end-to-end encrypted just like chats and other media on the platform.
HOW COULD YOU TAKE ADVANTAGE OF NEW WHATSAPP VIDEO CALLING FEATURE?
The New Whatsapp video calling update now available on Android, iOS, and Windows 10 devices. The company is rolling out the feature via a simple update. You can upgrade your app from the respective app store for the feature to show up.
To get started with video calling, it is important that you and your friends are on the same supporting WhatsApp video calling version of the app. So, first of all update your app.
In terms of permissions on Android, the app will require you to access your photos/media/files, camera, microphone, Wi-Fi and have full network access.
Once the app is updated, you’ll be able to directly video call any of your WhatsApp contacts through the app. It’s pretty simple to place a video call with another WhatsApp user. Just go along with the following steps:
- Open the chat screen of the contact from which you want to make a video call.
- Hit the call button in the top right corner of a conversation, which will bring up an pop up asking you, Either you want to voice or video call the friend or family member you’re chatting with.
- To start the video call, you simply select the “video call” option from this pop-up screen.
- Once you established WhatsApp video Call, your app will get four buttons: disconnect Call, Chat, mute call, change video camera face.
Note: You can’t call users who aren’t on WhatsApp platform. This is a WhatsApp-to-WhatsApp connection only.
In case of other called party missed the video call, you’ll have following options as:
- Call again
- Record the message
POINT TO BE REMARK:
- During the call itself, you can switch between the forward-facing and rear camera, just tap on Camera with inside round circle button .
- To mute the call , so the other person can see you but not hear you, tap microphone button. And mute the audio from the speakers, use your phone’s volume key.
- Press the red button to hang up
That’s it – you’ve just made your first WhatsApp video call!
HOW IOS USERS CAN TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THIS FEATURE?
For iOS users, there’s a video icon next to the call icon. Just tap on the video symbol and the call will begin.
Note: if you get any link or message claiming to offer WhatsApp video call feature, then don’t click on it. This is likely a malicious link and could result in a phishing attack.
WhatsApp has following beneficial features that every user should consider as:
WhatsApp allows you to do more work during a video call. Once the call connects, You can keep switching between the two cameras during the call.
Users can also minimize the call window to open other chats, send messages etc with the same person, and the video call won’t get disconnected.
The location of the smaller window can be moved to anywhere on the screen.
QUALITY OF VIDEO
WhatsApp video calling quality automatically adjusts depending on network speeds. Essentially if your network connectivity is very poor, the video quality will get really compressed in order to ensure the video call continues.
The company is doing more work to ensure video calls are fast and reliable at all times.
WhatsApp app does’nt allow you to adjust data usage of video calling directly . In iOS and Android, all call data is presented under one tab in the Data Usage section. In most cases, people used 3G network for a 2-minute session of video calling . And the total data used in this video call was around 2.3 MB.
BE ALERT : NO VIDEO-CALLING FOR GROUPS
WhatsApp video calling feature has not yet been rolled out for groups. However, there are multiple malicious links inviting people to download the same. The malicious link reads, “You’re invited to try WhatsApp Video Calling feature. Only people with the invitation can enable this feature.” Clicking on the link will ask you to invite more friends for video calling to activate on your device. Once again don’t click on these links.
Let me know, What do you think of WhatsApp video calling feature via the comments. If you’ve faced any difficulties during implement any step , Please ask. I’ll reply you ASAP. And please don’t forget to share this post.
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