WhatsApp users on iOS can now open up other apps while they are on a video call thank to the new picture-in-picture support on the app. The feature has been in beta for a few months now and is rolling out on the latest version of WhatsApp. In short, PiP support will now minimize the video call to the side of your iPhone display when you’re on a call similar to other video content such as Netflix and YouTube.
The feature isn’t anything remotely new on iPhone. Facetime and other video calling apps have had it for the longest time. However, given how popular WhatsApp is, this is great news for users of the app.
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Now, you won’t need to minimize and pause your video call when you need to open another app or navigate around your iPhone. You can shrink the PiP screen and move it around the display while you’re on the call.
In order to gain access to WhatsApp picture-in-picture mode on iPhone, you’ll need to update the app to the latest version. This version is WhatsApp on iOS version 23.3.77. Meta says the feature is now “rolling out” so if it doesn’t appear today, keep checking for an app update.
The new WhatsApp update adds to the recent set of Status features which were added to the app last week. The company is also planning to release wider Avatar support across profile pictures and longer descriptions for groups in the near future.
The full changelog of features in the latest update include the following:
- With support for iOS Picture in Picture (PiP), you can now multitask during a WhatsApp call without your video being paused.
- You can now add captions when sending documents
- Added support for longer group subjects and descriptions to make it easier to describe your groups
- You can now create personalized avatars and use them as stickers and profile photos. Go to Settings > Avatar to get started.