WhatsApp to roll out Picture-in-Picture feature for desktop users; find out how it works
After finally introducing the Picture-in-Picture feature for Android users in India, WhatsApp is all set to roll out the feature for WhatsApp Web as well.
After finally introducing the Picture-in-Picture feature for Android users in India, WhatsApp is all set to roll out the feature for WhatsApp Web as well. This feature has been in testing mode for Android since October and until now, it was in the beta stage. The Picture-in-Picture feature on WhatsApp was only available for the iPhone users since the beginning of this year.
According to media reports, the Facebook-owned messaging app is rolling out PiP mode in phases for WhatsApp Web users globally with the latest version 0.3.1846. The users do not have to install the update manually, instead, the PiP mode would be automatically updated once the update is available.
This feature will make multitasking easier with your smartphone as well as with your desktop/ laptop. The WhatsApp PiP feature allows the users to message other users while watching YouTube videos and using other apps in the phone. Until now, a user could not message on WhatsApp and watch YouTube at the same time, but now PiP will help the users to operate multiple features on the single screen at the simultaneously.
How to get PiP feature for your desktop:
a. Update your WhatsApp web to version 0.3.1846.
b. Once the update is done, the users need to navigate to any chat where he/she have received any link of video.
c. The user will find a video card with a blurred thumbnail image along with the platform logo. They have to tap on that.
d. Once tapped, the video would be played on the top half of the WhatsApp chat window.
e. An option of watching the video in full-screen would also be available.
Notably, once the user exits the WhatsApp Web, the video will stop playing.
How PiP works on smartphones
The PiP feature which was only available for Android users in beta has now been rolled out to all Android users via the WhatsApp version 2.18.380. With the help of this feature, a user will be able to watch YouTube videos or scroll through Facebook and other apps in a small window that would appear in a corner of the phone's screen keeping the WhatsApp chat at the background. As per the convenience, the user will be able to adjust the placement of the small window on the screen.
To get this feature on smartphone, the Android users will have to update their WhatsApp to the latest version via Google Play store. Users will automatically enjoy the feature after updating the app.