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WhatsApp adding ability to share your screen during video calls


Popular messaging platform WhatsApp will soon allow you to share your screen when making video calls. 

With the new feature that Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced this morning hopes to take on traditional video conferencing apps including Google Meet, Zoom, and Apple’s FaceTime. 

The feature will allow users to share their documents, photos, and even their shopping cart with contacts available on video calls.

“We’re adding the ability to share your screen during a video call on WhatsApp,” said Mark in a post on his Facebook and Instagram page.

In a statement, WhatsApp says “Whether sharing documents for work, browsing photos with family, planning a vacation or shopping online with friends, or just helping grandparents with tech support – screen sharing lets you share a live view of your screen during the call,” 

WhatsApp first released the feature for beta testers in May and similar to how you do it on Meet or Zoom, users will have an option of sharing a specific or entire screen.

You can access this feature by tapping the ‘’share’’ icon at the bottom of the screen. When you tap it, you will be asked to grant screen share access. Once to give access, your screen will be streamed to the other party. 

To use the feature, users need to have the latest versions of WhatsApp installed. WhatsApp is rolling it out in a phased manner so if you still can’t see the feature you might have to wait abit longer. 

At the same time, WhatsApp has announced that users can also now enjoy video calls in Landscape mode. This is very important as it will offer a wider and more immersive viewing and sharing experience on smartphones as well as using screen sharing on the platform.

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