WhatsApp beta has video-calling: Here’s how to become a tester and start using

WhatsApp’s video-calling feature has finally been rolled out with version 2.16.316 or higher. But the feature is only available for beta testers, which means you can’t use the same unless you’ve signed up to become a beta tester. Being a beta tester for WhatsApp gives you an early access to new features, even before they’re unveiled for public. Plus, you can give your feedback on a particular feature directly to developers, which helps the company in improving its service. Video-calling for WhatsApp was anticipated since its first beta became available some time back. So, if you’ve not already signed up to become a beta tester for WhatsApp, here’s how you can do so to try your hands on its new video-calling feature.

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Go to Google Play Store and search for WhatsApp
• Click on the WhatsApp Messenger option
• Simply scroll down to ‘Become a beta tester’ option below ‘You might also like’ section’
• The ‘Become a beta tester’ option read, “Try new features before they’re made public. Give your feedback directly to the developer.”
• Now, click on ‘I’m in’
• Once you become a beta tester for WhatsApp, you’ll have access to all the beta features rolled out for the app. You’ll also see an option to enter feedback about the app. You’ll see a band below you profile that says, “Only the developer can see this feedback”.

WhatsApp’s video-calling feature works exactly like any other video calling platform. Open a contact in WhatsApp and click the phone icon (used for voice calling) from the band above. You’ll have an option to choose from Voice call and Video call now. Choose the Video call option to start a video call with your friend. Remember, the feature only works if you friend is on the same WhatsApp version.

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WhatsApp aims to take on other messaging platforms like Skype, Facebook Messenger and Google Duo with its new video-calling feature. For WhatsApp, which has close to 1 billion monthly active users, it should be easy for the messaging platform to get them started with the feature. However, the success of the same will depend on how optimised video-calling is, especially for the kind of bandwidth that we get in India.