WhatsApp introduces instant video messages: Here’s what you need to know

WhatsApp's Instant Video messages are a fun way to share moments with friends and family. (Image: Meta)

US Tech company Meta has launched a new WhatsApp feature that will see users send and receive short video messages in their chats, adding more emotion and personality to the messaging experience.

“We’re excited to build on this feature with new instant video messages. Now you can record and share short personal videos directly in the chat,” a statement posted on the company blog website read in part.

Instant video messages are similar to voice messages, but with video. With the new feature, the recording process is also similar to voice messages. Users can tap the icon to the right of the text field to switch between sound to video mode and share up to 60 seconds of video with their contacts. They can also swipe up to lock and record the video hands-free.

“We think 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,” adds the statement.

Likely to distinguish from regular videos, instant video messages show up in a circular form in chats and play automatically on mute but users can tap on them to hear the sound.

Meta says the feature also supports end-to-end encryption, ensuring that the messages are secure and private.

Meta says that instant video messages are a fun and convenient way to share moments with friends and family, “whether it’s wishing someone a happy birthday, laughing at a joke, or bringing good news.”

Whatsapp says the feature of video messages have begun rolling out and will be available to everyone in the coming weeks.

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