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WhatsApp now lets you record and share short video messages directly in chats

Today, WhatsApp introduced short personal video recording and sharing in chats. The messaging app says voice messages changed how people communicate by providing a quick and secure way to share their voice, so it’s adding instant video messages.

WhatsApp wrote that video messages are a real-time way to respond to chats in 60 seconds. “These will be a fun way to share moments with all the emotion that comes from video, whether it’s wishing someone a happy birthday, laughing at a joke, or bringing good news.”

WhatsApp claims video messages are as easy as voice messages. Tap to enter video mode and hold to record. Swipe up to lock and record video hands-free. In chats, videos play on mute until you tap them. Videos are encrypted end-to-end.

Starting today, the new feature will be available to all users in weeks.

WhatsApp has been adding new features to its app for months. The company now automatically mutes unknown callers. It also allowed 15-minute message editing. WhatsApp is also adding usernames.

 

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