WhatApp, the most popular instant messaging application has finally launched the Video calling feature for Beta users. After the most awaited voice call feature has released, people are waiting for the launch of the Video calling feature. As always WhatsApp delayed this feature.
While the internet is talking about the newly launched Google Duo, WhatsApp may have thought to finally launch it to save itself.
How to get WhatsApp Video calling feature now
Still, this feature is only available to Beta version users. If you are already a beta user, you just have to update your app to the latest version.
If you are not a Beta user, you have to wait till it launches to everyone, or follow the below steps to become a Beta Tester for WhatsApp Messenger and get Whatsapp video calling feature.
Become a Beta Tester for Whatsapp
- Make sure you have WhatsApp (normal version) installed on your Android device.
- Go to WhatsApp Beta tester page and sign-in to your Google account, which you use with Play Store on your mobile. And then Click on Become a Tester.
- Within few minutes you will receive an update, or you can manually open Play store app and update WhatsApp. (If you have a beta tester, you can see the message “You are Beta tester for this app, awesome” under install button)
|If you see this messsage you are a Beta tester|
If you didn’t get the Video calling feature after following above steps, Backup your whatsapp chats (Open Whatsapp > Settings > Chats > Chat backup > Back up) and Uninstall Whatsapp. Now open Playstore and freshly install Whatsapp.
Make a Video call from WhatsApp
To make a video call, both You and the person you are calling should have the latest compatible version.
Once you have it, just Open a contact in WhatsApp, Tap on Call icon, you will see options to make a Voice call or Video call. Now just tap on Video Call.
Just as other Video chatting apps, you can Switch your camera, Mute audio and Text during a call.
If the person you are calling didn’t have the Video calling option, you may see the below error. Just tell him to update to Beta version using the procedure mentioned above.
As I am testing this feature, the experience is not so great. The Video quality is Normal, but the Video lags quite a bit.
But considering it is first and beta release, the video call feature will get better in coming versions.
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