WhatsApp Beta Gets Picture-in-Picture Mode on Android

WhatsApp has rolled out its Picture-in-Picture (PiP) video feature with beta version 2.18.301 for Android users as it promised when it introduced the same feature for iOS users a while ago.


This feature will allow users to enjoy watching YouTube, Facebook, and Instagram videos while remaining in the app. When you tap the play button, the video will expand to the top of the chat.

Here’s what it will look like:

Limited Functionality

You can watch the video in the app while continuing your conversation on WhatsApp. However, the feature does not work properly at the moment. For example, when you leave the chat, the video will stop.

The PiP mode is supposed to let you watch the video as you move through different chats and groups.

Nevertheless, there is no need to worry yet as this feature is still in beta mode and hopefully, the users will have a smoother experience after the update is officially released.


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Other Problems

Notably, the PiP support only works for YouTube, Instagram, and Facebook. Twitter videos and videos uploaded to WhatsApp are not supported on PiP.


Furthermore, in order to make this feature work, the sender will have to wait a bit to load the preview before he/she types the link. Otherwise, it doesn’t work and only the link shows up.

How to Install

If you want to check out the new feature, you’ll have to update to version 2.18.301 on WhatsApp beta. If you still don’t see the feature, then you will have to reinstall it. Don’t forget to backup your chat history before you do it though.

Moreover, there are reports that PiP mode will work on phones with Android 4.4 KitKat and above. Rumor has it that the mode is also compatible with streamable videos, but we can’t say anything for sure.

Download WhatsApp beta here.

Via Android Police


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