WhatsApp is a free messaging app that lets users send and receive text and voice messages, make voice and video calls, and share photos, documents, and locations. It works on both mobile devices and desktops, and for security, it uses end-to-end encryption. WhatsApp is owned by Facebook, and more than two billion people use it every day all over the world.
With the most recent update to WhatsApp for iOS, iPhone users will be able to do more than one thing at once while still taking part in video calls. In contrast to the Android version of the app, which has allowed users to do other things while on video calls for a long time, the iOS version of WhatsApp would stop a user’s video stream whenever the app was minimized or the user switched to another app.
Users of the iPhone will now notice a picture-in-picture (PiP) window that floats over the larger window and contains a scaled-down version of the window. Because of this, they will be able to use other applications even while on a video call.
In the release notes for the latest stable version on the App Store, the popular messaging service said that it would add support for the PiP feature on iOS. “With support for iOS Picture in Picture (PiP), you can now do other things while on a WhatsApp call without pausing your video,” says the changelog.
It’s important to note that Apple added support for PiP mode with iOS 14 in 2020, while Google did the same with Android 8, also known as Android Oreo, in 2017. Third-party Android apps got PiP mode support faster than their iOS counterparts. For example, YouTube users on iOS couldn’t shrink video playback to a floating window until the second half of 2022.
The update also adds the ability to send documents with captions on WhatsApp for iOS. Before, users could add captions to images and videos with the app. Now, users can add context to documents as they share them.
This includes the ability to add captions when sending documents, support for longer descriptions and topics for groups, and the addition of personalized avatars that you can use as stickers and profile photos. This month, WhatsApp also added new status features that let you share your status with a private audience, respond to someone else’s status with an emoji, record voice statuses, and more.