WhatsApp introduces screen sharing for video calls

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New updates are coming to WhatsApp as the instant messaging platform has introduced two new features for its users – screen sharing during video calls and a new landscape mode.

The screen-sharing update, announced by Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg in a Facebook post, allows users to seamlessly share documents, images, and more with their call participants.

With this new feature, WhatsApp will now be directly competing with established video conferencing giants like Microsoft Meet, Google Meet, Zoom and Apple’s FaceTime.

Meta has stated that it will be rolled out in phases across Android, iOS, and Windows Desktop platforms. The feature was initially tested among beta users of WhatsApp.

How To Share Screen On WhatsApp

  1. Start a video call with the person or group you want to share your screen with.
  2. Once connected, simply tap or click the ‘Share’ icon.
  3. The app will ask to grant screen share access.
  4. Users can then opt to share a specific app or their entire screen.
  5. WhatsApp’s screen-sharing feature has been gradually released in beta for a couple of months.

WABetaInfo, a publication that often spots WhatsApp features ahead of their official announcement, has previously reported on the feature’s rollout in beta versions of WhatsApp’s app on Android, iOS and Windows.

Meanwhile, to complement screen sharing, WhatsApp is also allowing landscape mode video calls now, reported The Verge.

This mode enhances the viewing experience, particularly complementing the screen-sharing feature and providing a broader perspective during collaborative video calls.

WhatsApp’s journey in video communication spans over six years. With recent additions like picture-in-picture support for iOS and the ability to share short video messages within chats, WhatsApp has been consistently expanding its capabilities.

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