- WhatsApp beta for Android introduces screen sharing feature for video calls
- Users can display their screen contents to other participants with a simple tap
- Screen sharing will soon be available in the stable version of WhatsApp
WhatsApp is introducing a screen-sharing feature to selected testers using the latest beta version of the app on Android. This new capability allows users engaged in a video call to display the contents of their screen to other participants by simply tapping a button. Screen sharing, a popular feature found in platforms like Zoom, Google Meet, Microsoft Teams, and Skype, will soon be available to users of the stable version of WhatsApp in the near future.
WhatsApp Screen Sharing Feature
WhatsApp feature tracker, WABetaInfo, has discovered the screen sharing feature in version 220.127.116.11 of WhatsApp beta for Android. The feature is represented by an icon consisting of an arrow on top of a rectangular screen. Tapping this icon prompts the standard Android recording/casting popup, seeking user consent. Screenshots shared by the feature tracker show a message indicating that screen sharing has commenced once permission is granted. This provides users with a clear indication that their screen is being shared during the video call.
Upon tapping the “Start now” button, which appears as a warning from Whatsapp bout the potential risks of screen sharing, users can proceed to display the contents of their screen to another participant. This functionality proves helpful in various scenarios, such as offering remote technical assistance to friends or family members with their smartphones. When the screen-sharing task is finished, users can simply tap the red “Stop sharing” button to conclude the process.
It is important to be aware that when using communication apps with screen-sharing capabilities, the information displayed on your screen is consistently sent over an encrypted connection to other participants in the call. This implies that anything visible on your screen, such as passwords, payment information, photos, notes, and other media, will also be visible (and audible) to others on the call.
As reported by WABetaInfo, the screen-sharing feature has been released to a select group of users on the beta channel and is expected to become available to more smartphones in the near future. However, it is worth noting that this feature might not be compatible with older versions of the Android operating system. Additionally, there could be limitations in using screen sharing during large group calls, as indicated by the feature tracker.