This new feature on WhatsApp for Androids will automatically work with links that have been shared through Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube.
Facebook-owned WhatsApp has rolled out “Picture in Picture (PiP) mode” for Android users that will allow them to view videos within a chat window, without opening third party pages or apps.
The update is available now at Google Play with the latest WhatsApp’s version 2.18.380.
The feature was earlier available for Android beta users running Android operating system (OS version 4.4 and above) only.
Earlier in October, WABetaInfo, a fan website that tracks WhatsApp, reported that the PiP feature is being introduced for all Android beta users that would allow users to play videos hosted on platforms such as YouTube, Facebook, Instagram and Streamable right within WhatsApp.
The PiP feature was rolled out in January for the iOS users.
What is the WhatsApp Picture-in-Picture (PiP) feature
The new Picture-in-Picture feature on WhatsApp will help you watch Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube videos on a small window and will let you scroll through your WhatsApp chat simultaneously. This feature will work for both individual chats as well as for groups. Users need to note that this new feature will play YouTube, Facebook, and Instagram videos in a separate window within the chat screen, however, it will not work with video clips that have been shared natively on the app.
How to use the WhatsApp Picture-in-Picture (PiP) feature
Users do not need to enable any option in order to use the Picture-in-Picture feature on their Android phones. It will automatically work with links that have been shared through Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube. Simply tap on the video thumbnail that you wish to watch and the video will be played on a small window on top of your chats.
The Facebook-owned company has over 200 million monthly active users in India and is one of the most popular mobile apps worldwide.