Four years after its arrival on Android , WhatsApp ‘s PiP mode will finally be available in its iOS version .
WhatsApp , the instant messaging application owned by Meta , brings a novelty to its version for iOS devices that debuted four years ago in its Android counterpart .
The company announced that PiP ( Picture in Picture ) mode will be integrated into the platform’s video calls for iPhone users . This function will allow people to communicate via audio and video with their contacts without necessarily being in the app.
As is often the case with this mobile application, the PiP mode will arrive first for the Beta version of WhatsApp and it is expected to reach the conventional client for the iOS operating system in the coming days. The WABetaInfo portal revealed details regarding this expected launch.
WhatsApp on iOS finally receives a long-awaited feature from the Android version
The Picture in Picture mode has been present in the Android version of WhatsApp since 2018. The function was born with the idea that users of the platform could watch videos while browsing other applications, without having to remain in the corresponding chat. The system was also compatible with the old version of video calling that was first added to WhatsApp in 2016.
Curiously, it took four years after its implementation on Android for WhatsApp to finally decide to also add it for users of the mobile application on iOS , although, as mentioned before, it will first go through the Beta version of the iPhone operating system .
What is even more curious is that the PiP mode has been part of the iOS operating system since 2020, when it was released with the arrival of iOS 14 . WABetaInfo details that the 184.108.40.206 update of the WhatsApp Beta version is the one that will bring this function to iPhone video calls
The scope of the PiP mode in WhatsApp for iOS
Every time we join a WhatsApp video call , we can minimize the application and a small window that shows what our camera captures will appear. The user will be able to move this box to any part of the screen and it will remain fixed in the area where it is placed, which will allow him to use other applications installed on his mobile in a normal way without the communication being cut off.
It must be taken into account that although WhatsApp is the one that implements the PiP mode on its platform and this function has been working on iPhone since iOS 14 , users of this operating system will not be able to enjoy it if they do not have at least the latest version iOS 16.1 . At the moment, it has not been confirmed when the PiP mode will reach users of the conventional version of WhatsApp on iPhone.