WhatsApp Beta Testing Screen Sharing on Video Calls

WhatsApp has been introducing various useful features lately, such as the long-awaited message editing capability. Now, it seems that another handy addition could be on its way to the popular messaging platform.

As per WABetaInfo, a website known for tracking WhatsApp updates, a new beta version of the app includes prompts for screen sharing during video calls. This feature has the potential to be incredibly helpful in certain situations. Let’s take a closer look at how it is expected to work.

How to share screen on WhatsApp

First and foremost, it’s important to note that the screen-sharing feature is currently only available in WhatsApp betas for Android and Windows. Even for users enrolled in the beta program, the feature may not be activated yet, as it is being tested in a limited capacity.

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However, if you have access to this feature, here’s how it is likely to function, giving us a glimpse of its potential implementation for all users in the future:

  1. Launch WhatsApp on your device.
  2. Initiate a video call with one of your contacts.
  3. On the bottom of the screen, you will find a screen-sharing icon, represented by a phone with an arrow on it.
  4. Tap on the screen-sharing icon to enable the feature.
  5. Confirm your decision to share your screen.
  6. To stop sharing your screen, simply tap on the “Stop Sharing” option whenever you desire.

At this early stage of testing, it is uncertain what limitations might be associated with screen sharing. For instance, there could be a restriction on the number of viewers you can share your screen with simultaneously.

When will WhatsApp support screen sharing?

Regarding the timeline for the release of this feature to all WhatsApp users, we will have to wait for further information from WhatsApp itself. The messaging platform often conducts extensive trials of new features long before making them available to the general public. Additionally, it is worth noting that not all tested features necessarily make it to the final version of the app.

However, WABetaInfo has recently reported an update in June 2023, indicating that screen sharing has gone live for Windows users participating in WhatsApp’s beta program. This suggests that the feature is currently undergoing active testing and development.

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