WhatsApp Launches New Feature to Send Short Video Messages

WhatsApp, the popular messaging app owned by Meta, has introduced a new feature that lets you send short video messages to your contacts. This feature is designed to make your conversations more fun and expressive, as you can share your voice and emotions in a video format. 

In this blog post, we will tell you how to use this feature, what are its benefits, and how to get it.

How to Use the Short Video Message Feature

Using the short video message feature is very easy and similar to sending a voice message. Here are the steps you need to follow:

  • Open WhatsApp on your phone and select a chat.
  • At the bottom right of your screen, tap the camera icon.
  • Swipe left or tap Video at the bottom of the screen.
  • Hold the camera icon to record a video message. You can also swipe up to lock and record hands-free.
  • You can record a video message up to 60 seconds long.
  • Review your video message and add a caption if you want.
  • Tap the blue send arrow to send your video message.

Alternatively, you can also send a video message from your phone’s gallery. To do that, follow these steps:

  • Open the Photos app on your phone and select the video you want to send.
  • Tap the Share button at the bottom and select Save to Files.
  • Open WhatsApp and select a chat.
  • Tap the attachment icon at the bottom left of your screen and select Document.
  • Browse to the location where you saved the video and select it.
  • Tap Send to send your video message.

You can also use some of the existing features of WhatsApp while sending a video message. For example, you can:

  • Use filters, stickers, emojis, or text to decorate your video message before sending it.
  • Use the flash or switch cameras while recording a video message.
  • Delete a video message for everyone or for yourself within an hour of sending it.
  • Forward a video message to another chat or contact.

What are the Benefits of the Short Video Message Feature

The short video message feature has many benefits that can enhance your communication experience on WhatsApp. Some of them are:

  • You can share your voice and emotions in a more personal way than text or voice messages. For example, you can send a video message to show your excitement, surprise, anger, or sadness in a more realistic way.
  • You can convey more information in less time than typing or speaking. For example, you can send a video message to explain something complex, demonstrate something practical, or show something visual in a more effective way.
  • You can make your chats more lively and interactive with video messages. For example, you can send a video message to crack a joke, sing a song, play a game, or challenge someone in a more fun way.
  • You can wish someone a happy birthday, laugh at a joke, or deliver good news with video messages. For example, you can send a video message to wish your friend a happy birthday with a cake and candles, laugh at a funny meme with your reaction, or deliver good news like getting a promotion or passing an exam with your celebration.
  • You can enjoy watching video messages on mute or with sound, depending on your preference. By default, the videos will play without sound when someone opens a message. To turn on the sound, one needs to tap on the video again. This way, you can watch the video messages without disturbing others or missing any important details.

The short video message feature is also secure and private, as all video messages are end-to-end encrypted. This means that only you and the person you are chatting with can see and hear your video messages. No one else, not even WhatsApp or Meta, can access them.

How to Get the Short Video Message Feature

The short video message feature is currently rolling out gradually and will be available to all users globally in the coming days on Android as well as iOS devices. To get this feature manually, you need to update your WhatsApp app to the latest version from the Google Play Store or App Store.

The short video message feature is a great addition to WhatsApp that can make your chats more fun and expressive. We hope you enjoy using this feature and share your feedback with us.