WhatsApp Starts Rolling Out Picture-in-Picture Support for Video Calls on iPhone

WhatsApp Messenger is rolling out picture-in-picture support in its latest app update, allowing users to continue their video call in a small window while doing something else on their iPhone.

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Up until now, if you needed to do something on your phone while on a WhatsApp video call, you had to swipe out of WhatsApp, which paused the video for the person you were speaking with.

Once the new support has rolled out to you, if you swipe out of a ‌video call it will automatically minimize into a picture-in-picture window that continues to be visible even while you access other apps, so you and the other person you're talking to can continue your conversation without the ‌iPhone‌ being otherwise unusable.

WhatsApp said in December that it was working on developing support for picture-in-picture to allow WhatsApp users to multitask and use other apps while remaining on a video call.

Introduced on iPhone with iOS 14, picture-in-picture works with apps that play video content, but when it comes to third-party apps, app developers have to implement support for the feature.

The latest v23.3.77 update also brings a couple of other notable improvements, including the ability to add captions when sending documents, and added support for longer group subjects and descriptions. WhatsApp says these features will roll out over the coming weeks.

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Top Rated Comments

VampyricGentleman Avatar
19 months ago
But it would be of more use on an iPad app… there said it before anyone else does ?
Score: 19 Votes (Like | Disagree)
yegon Avatar
19 months ago

But it would be of more use on an iPad app… there said it before anyone else does ?
….and the “nobody uses it!” (US) versus “everyone uses it!” (Europe) debate…
Score: 14 Votes (Like | Disagree)
yegon Avatar
19 months ago

Business people use this in Europe. we have business with them we use it
That’s my point.

I live in the UK and absolutely NO ONE I know uses iMessage, yet probably half or more of them have iPhones.
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)
TheYayAreaLiving ?️ Avatar
19 months ago
We also need WhatsApp for the Apple Watch too.
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
t0rqx Avatar
19 months ago
Whatsapp needs to fix the bug that broke the auto daily backup in iOS. It never backs up since last year.
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
StellarVixen Avatar
19 months ago
Picture in picture! It’s…like magic.

(If you’re living in late 20th century, not today).

The stagnation in tech world is becoming more and more obvious
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)