Picture-In-Picture mode now available in WhatsApp for Android

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Picture-in-picture mode lets you click on a video link and view the video without leaving your ‘immediate environment. And while Whatsapp is late, ot is, as they say, better late than never. 

Have you noticed the frequency with which your smartphone apps update? Many mobile subscribers have tweaked their settings to ensure that apps do not update automatically. Well, we know how telcos love to zap our data right? Even so, it has been a year of rapid updates in software development and this has benefited everyone.

As one of the most popular apps in any smartphone platform, WhatsApp updates sometimes causes a stir, especially as its acquisition by Facebook has kept the app on its toes.

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Earlier in the year, Android users were teased with the possibility of having a Picture-in-Picture feature included as part of the app on the platform. In October, the PiP feature was launched in Beta mode and now, eager Android fans can access the feature by simply updating their apps to the latest stable build number v2.18.380.

A Closer Look At The Picture-In-Picture Mode

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You know irritating it is to click on a link while browsing through your newsfeed and having to open another window? You would like to view the video without leaving your ‘immediate environment’ right?

So, PiP allows you to view videos in an app environment thus avoiding the inconvenience of navigating out of your timeline. How cool is that? Actually, this is not an entirely new feature to mobile users. If you use the YouTube app, you should have noticed it by now.

Apparently, WhatsApp is a bit late to the party but better late than never, right? So, when you click on a video, it should now pop out into a small screen without shutting off the entire newsfeed.

When Will It Work?

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Some video links may navigate out of the app if it is copied from another app. However, this is not the case with the PiP feature. When you click on the link, regardless of whether it originated from Facebook, Twitter, YouTube or Instagram, it will play in a small window that pops out as unobtrusively as possible.

This floating video format enables you to press and drag it to any part of the screen that is preferable to you. If you want to view in full-screen mode, you can simply toggle that option.

How to get it

Nope, you don’t have to shell out any dime for it. Simply update your WhatsApp app to the latest version (WhatsApp version 2.18.380) and you have it. No further action needed to activate as it is works automatically.

What else do I need to know about using Picture-in-picture mode on WhatsApp?

Let’s look at a few points:

  1. You can use this feature in individual chats as well as group chats. In other words, the type of chat you’re engaged in does not affect the functionality of this feature.
  2. The feature applies to video links from YouTube, Facebook and Instagram. Natively embedded videos in the app itself will play as normal.
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Ok Mobilistas, that’s it for now. Did I mention that IPhone users have been enjoying this feature since January? Yeah, this OSiscism has to stop. Look on the bright side though, Android lovers can now smile.


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