In an exciting move, WhatsApp has unveiled its latest feature aimed at revolutionizing video calling: screen sharing. The latest addition places WhatsApp in direct competition with established video conferencing giants like Microsoft Teams, Google Meet, Zoom, and even Apple’s FaceTime.
WhatsApp’s screen sharing offer a new way to collaborate, communicate and more
Mark Zuckerberg, the CEO of Meta, which owns WhatsApp, announced the new feature in a Facebook post and via his Instagram channel. The new capability allows users to share documents, images, and even their shopping carts while engaged in video calls with their contacts.
Whether sharing documents for work, browsing photos with family, planning a vacation or shopping online with friends, or just helping grandparents with tech support – screen sharing lets you share a live view of your screen during the call.
Initially released to select beta testers on Android in late May, the screen sharing feature can be accessed by simply tapping the ‘Share’ icon. Users have the flexibility to choose between sharing a specific app or their entire screen, mirroring the functionality of popular video conferencing platforms like Google Meet and Zoom.
WhatsApp has confirmed that screen sharing is being rolled out gradually across Android, iOS, and Windows Desktop. While it might not be immediately visible to all users, it’s expected to become available shortly.
In addition to screen sharing, WhatsApp has introduced video calling support in Landscape mode. This mode offers a more expansive and immersive viewing experience compared to the existing Portrait mode. The introduction of Landscape mode is a notable complementary feature, especially when combined with the newfound screen sharing capability.
Video calling has been an integral part of WhatsApp for more than six years, having debuted on the platform in November 2016. However, to remain competitive, the platform is continuously enhancing its offerings. Recently, WhatsApp introduced picture-in-picture support for iOS users during video calls. It also introduced the option to share brief video messages within chats, recognizing the increasing importance of video communication for its user base.
Adding screen sharing to WhatsApp’s video calls improves the experience and meets a modern communication need. Even though screen sharing is common in video conferencing apps, WhatsApp stands out by bringing this feature to Android, iOS, and desktop users, showing its dedication to adapting to user needs.