WhatsApp has started rolling out a much-anticipated video calling feature. For now, the new free feature seems to only be available in the latest WatsApp beta version.
According to Android Authority, you may not be able to access the feature until you updated the app – which could be a sign of a wider rollout in the very near feature.
Using WhatsApp video calls is pretty much the same as using voice calls on the app. You simply tap on the call button in a conversation and a dialogue box will pop up asking if you want to place a voice call or a video call; select ‘video call’ and you’re set.
Android Authority reports that the integration is intuitive and the new dialogue box has an extra bonus: it prevents accidental voice calls.
Both the caller and the receiver must have the WhatsApp video calling feature enabled to make a video call, so you can’t just send the file to someone else.
Since WhatsApp’s voice call feature went live in March 2015, video calling has been an expected addition to the app’s list of features.
In this space, Skype and FaceTime on iOS are probably its main competitors, while Google’s Duo may still have some catching up to do.
You can download the latest version of WhatsApp.