“Users can now watch Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and Streamable videos in WhatsApp without leaving the app”
The popular instant messaging app, WhatsApp recently rolled out the much-awaited Picture-in-Picture (PiP) feature to Android users. The feature has been available on the iOS platform for a while now. The feature lets users watch the shared videos in a floating window inside the app itself, without leaving the chat. According to WABetaInfo, the feature is now being rolled out to the app’s desktop client, WhatsApp Web.
WhatsApp Web to globally support PiP for shared videos today!https://t.co/6O0XTeKo2b— WABetaInfo (@WABetaInfo) December 20, 2018
According to the report by WABetaInfo, the developers of the instant messaging platform had been working on a new important update for WhatsApp Web, which would enable the PiP mode for the client. While the update is still not ready, the company has released a partial update for the users to test the features out. In this early partial release, the PiP mode for the WhatsApp Web comes with support for a limited number of streaming services at the moment. Currently, the mode works only for videos shared by other users. However, the platform is soon likely to support videos hosted on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and more in coming days.
To be able to use the new feature, users need to install the latest 0.3.1846 update of the platform. It’s possible that the latest version is already installed as WhatsApp Web checks for the latest version every time it’s opened and installs it on the next launch. However, if you can’t use the PiP feature yet, you can check the version number by opening WhatsApp Web and heading to Settings > Help. In case the version number is not 0.3.1846, you need to clear the cache of web browser for it to check for the latest update.
We will bring you update when more services are added to the feature and a complete update is rolled out.