WhatsApp introduced Picture-in-Picture (PIP) mode to watch streamable videos without leaving the app. While the PIP mode is not yet made available through the regular app; you can get it through through the latest WhatsApp beta app.
With this new feature, the user can watch streamable videos from the popular sites including Youtube, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and others.
The user no longer needs to leave the app to watch videos and can even scroll through the chat while watching the videos in PIP mode. However, the PIP video will disappear when you leave that particular chat.
As of now, the new PIP feature is exclusive to Android OS. When the PIP feature on Android comes out of the beta, it might also be introduced in the iOS version.
Since today, WhatsApp is rolling out for all Android users (having Android 4.4 and newer) the Picture in Picture feature!
When you tap the play icon, WhatsApp will show you the video in Picture in Picture mode, so you can continue to navigate in the chat while you’re playing the video
Unfortunately, when you switch to another chat, the PiP disappears. This doesn’t happen on iOS, so we count to see an update for Android that will fix this small issue.
For New PIP feature
- You need to update your WhatsApp version to the 2.18.301 Android beta update, in order to use the Picture in Picture mode.
- If you have already updated but you don’t see the feature, please back up your chat history and reinstall WhatsApp if you don’t want to wait for more. you can download it here
- Every time you reinstall WhatsApp, the most updated configurations from the server are downloaded, enabling the feature for you.