July 19, 2017: We all know how irritating it is when you receive a YouTube link in WhatsApp and upon clicking it the app opens the YouTube app to play the video.
However, this toggling between apps is about to change with the latest WhatsApp feature. WhatsApp’s latest update includes a hidden feature that lets you view YouTube videos directly in the app.
Though YouTube video play feature is included in the latest WhatsApp update released on AppStore, it is still hidden and will be officially activated once it’s ready.
The new feature implemented in WhatsApp uses the picture in picture concept to let users view YouTube videos inside your WhatsApp chats.
You can pinch on the Picture in Picture mode in order to expand it, or you can open the video in a new WhatsApp section to view it in full-screen mode.
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Further, you can also momentarily hide the Picture in Picture mode without stopping the video to read your messages.
This feature is of course still being kept under the wraps as it is not glitch free. Currently, it’s not possible yet to keep active the video if you change the chat as the Picture in Picture mode will disappear.
But whenever WhatsApp officially launches this feature, it certainly will make things easier.
It is pertinent to mention here that the feature will only be compatible for the iPhone series starting from iPhone 6 and beyond as previous versions cannot support the feature in terms of screen size.
There’s no news yet about its availability to Android and Windows Phone users.
Source: The Express Tribune