It has been a long time coming, but the video calling feature used to be enjoyed only by users Skype, Facebook Messenger and other messaging apps is now in WhatsApp.
The instant messaging platform which boasts of a user base of one billion got the video calling feature just a few days ago, and it has now started rolling out to iPhone, Android and Windows mobile devices.
So you should see a video calling option in your smartphone right now. If you can’t see the feature, if the video calling option is not working, or if the calls are giving you an error message, try signing up for the betas or downloading the APK version of the WhatsApp beta.
How to get the video calling feature right away
One of the best ways to get early access to WhatsApp video calling feature or any future updates is to sign up for the betas. Here’s how if you are using Android:
- Go to Google Play, search WhatsApp, and open the messenger’s Google Play listing.
- Scroll down to bottom page, and go to section that says “Become a beta tester” and then tap “I’m in.”
- Confirm your action, and then go back to WhatsApp listing page on Google Play.
- There should be an option “Update WhatsApp” which will allow to update the app to beta version.
If you are a Windows phone user, you need to message firstname.lastname@example.org and ask for a spot on the beta. A customer support representative will receive and process your request, so it is likely to be a lot slower.
But once you are signed up for the betas, you’ll be able to enjoy WhatsApp video calling on your Windows phone right away.
As for iPhone users, signing for the beta is unfortunately not an option, so you will have to wait for WhatsApp video calling feature to be rolled out in your phone. But of course, there’s another way, downloading the APK. You may download WhatsApp APK with video calling (v2.16.354) from third party sites such as APK Mirror or APK Pure. However, the process is less than simple, so we’ll leave that for next time.
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