WhatsApp unveiled a new feature that allows users to share their screens during video calls. The feature, which is available on Android, iOS, and Windows desktop app, enables users to share their documents, photos, web pages, and more with others in the call.
Screen-sharing can be useful for various purposes, such as showing off your photo gallery, planning a vacation, helping your grandparents with tech problems, or even doing a work presentation.
To use the feature, you need to start a video call with one or more contacts, then tap the share icon at the bottom of the screen. You will then be shown a warning that all information shown on the screen will also be seen by the people you’re sharing the screen with. You can also switch between portrait and landscape modes for a wider and more immersive viewing and sharing experience.
The screen-sharing feature was previously available for WhatsApp beta testers on Android but is now getting a full rollout alongside another new feature – a dedicated landscape mode for video calls. Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced the new features on his Facebook page on August 8, saying “We’re adding the ability to share your screen during a video call on WhatsApp”.
WhatsApp has been adding new features to its platform at a rapid pace this year, such as video messages, eight-person video calls on Windows desktop, companion mode, chat lock, and message editing.
The company is clearly trying to compete with other video conferencing apps like FaceTime, Zoom, and Teams, as well as other private messaging apps like Telegram.
With over two billion users worldwide, WhatsApp is one of the most popular and widely used apps in the world.