After initially introducing a feature to its beta iOS app in December of last year, WhatsApp has now started rolling out the ability to use picture-in-picture mode for video calls to all of its users. With this feature, users can continue to use other apps while simultaneously participating in WhatsApp video calls.
Similar to Apple’s Facetime implementation, the picture-in-picture mode for video calls on WhatsApp allows users to navigate their phone and use other apps during a video call. This feature is highly convenient for users who need to multitask while on a call. Previously, although WhatsApp users could perform other tasks while on a video call, the video feed would pause in the background. However, with this new feature, users can continue to view the video call feed while they simultaneously access other applications on their phones.
To check if the feature is available on your device, you can simply make a video call on WhatsApp and then switch to the home screen or another app. Additionally, according to the changelog on the Apple App Store, WhatsApp has added a few more features. Users can now add captions while sending documents, and they can also create personalized avatars of themselves that can be used as profile pictures or stickers. The update also includes support for longer group subjects and descriptions, among other enhancements.