Facebook-owned WhatsApp has finally started rolling out the much-awaited video-calling feature across platforms — Android, iOS and Windows. The feature is hitting all the three major mobile operating systems starting today. However, since the roll out is being done in a phased manner, it may take sometime to reach users globally.
To make a video call, users simply need to click on the calling button at the top right corner inside the chat window and choose between ‘Voice’ and ‘Video’ calling options. Another point to remember here is that to make a video call, both the parties should have the latest version of the WhatsApp.
The feature also allows users to switch from front camera to rear camera during a call as well as ‘mute the call’. In addition, users will also get notifications in case they miss a call. To call back, they simply need to tap on the same menu.
With the introduction of video calling, WhatsApp catches up with rival offerings like Microsoft’s Skype, Apple’s FaceTime, Google’s Duo and its own sibling Facebook Messenger. The company also claimed that video calls made on WhatsApp are end-to-end encrypted.
WhatsApp currently has over a billion active users and the company claims that over 42 billion messages are sent and 1.6 billion photos and 250 million videos are shared on its platform daily. The company also claimed that it has over 160 million monthly users in India.
WhatsApp recently rolled out another update for iOS and Android users, which brings the key features of Snapchat and Instagram Stories to the messaging app.