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WhatsApp Is Introducing Screen Sharing During Video Calls

WhatsApp Is Introducing Screen Sharing During Video Calls
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Is WhatsApp trying to poke into the work-video call market? They have launched the screen sharing feature we associate with tools like G-meet, Microsoft Teams, and Zoom, in a new update. Right now the feature is available only to a small set of Android beta testers. But we can expect the feature to roll out pretty soon.

The screen sharing feature will be accessed through a phone icon with an arrow pointing outward on it. The icon will appear alongside the usual icons you see on the video call screen for muting, stopping video, and switching the camera. Once you tap on the new icon during a video call, it will ask you if you want to record your or cast your screen while also warning you that WhatsApp will have access to any password or payment details you share during the call. If you are alright with that, proceed by tapping on “Start now”.

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Be informed that the screen sharing feature may not be available for old android phones. You won’t be able to use it unless the person on the other side of the call also has the latest version of WhatsApp. If you share your screen during a group call, some members might miss out on the content you are sharing.

WhatsApp has been launching a spree of updates lately. The communication platform is probably a key element in Meta’s future plans. They have recently brought the edit message feature as well as the chat lock feature. The username feature is also under works. Overall, it seems like WhatsApp wants to take its privacy beyond the end-to-end encryption and its functionality beyond personal communication.

If you are an iPhone user and do not care for WhatsApp, Apple released the screen sharing feature on FaceTime back in January. 

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Steven Ly

Steven Ly is the Startup Program and Events Manager at TheNextHint Inc. She recruits rockstar startups for all TC events including Disrupt, meetups, Sessions, and more both domestically and internationally. Previously, she helped produce Dreamforce with Salesforce and Next '17 with Google. Prior to that, she was on the advertising teams at both Facebook and AdRoll, helping support advertisers in North America and helped grow those brands globally. Outside of work, Priya enjoys Flywheel, tacos, the 49ers, and adventuring around the globe.

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