WhatsApp has just launched an exciting new feature – here's how to use it

By Samantha Luiz
15 November 2016

It's a real game-changer.

After much teasing, WhatsApp is finally launching video calling. And its for everyone - whether you're on iOS, Android or Windows Phone.

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"We’re introducing this feature because we know that sometimes voice and text just aren’t enough. There’s no substitute for watching your grandchild take her first steps, or seeing your daughter’s face while she’s studying abroad," WhatsApp said in a blog post.

The Facebook-owned company, which boasts of over a billion users, will undeniable be worthy competition for Skype, FaceTime and other data-intensive video calling services.

"And we want to make these features available to everyone, not just those who can afford the most expensive new phones or live in countries with the best cellular networks."

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To make a video call, WhatsApp users will firstly have to go in the chats of whomever they wish to call. Then, they can hit the call button located in the top right corner of the chat. Here, a pop-up asking if you want to voice or video call the person will show. All they'll have to do is select the 'video call' option.

And voilà, you're connected!

Perhaps most exciting, WhatsApp users will be able to switch the forward-facing and rear camera, mute the call, or simply press the red button to end the call.

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If you don't immediately see the new feature, don't freak out. WhatsApp is still in the process of rolling it out and you should be able to access it over the next few days.

Sources: blog.whatsapp.com, techcrunch.com

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