WhatsApp for Android has finally brought the much anticipated Picture-in-Picture (PiP) feature for all users. The feature, which originally arrived back in October in beta, is rolling to Android users through the WhatsApp stable version 2.18.380. The feature allows you to watch Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube videos in a small window and continue to scroll through WhatsApp chats simultaneously. The feature works in individual chats as well as group chats. While Android only received the feature now, WhatsApp for iPhone has been offering an identical experience since January this year.
You don’t need to enable an option on the latest WhatsApp for Android to experience the Picture-in-Picture feature. It works just with a link of any Facebook, Instagram, or YouTube videos. Once you tap that link, the video plays in a small, dedicated window that sits on top of your WhatsApp chats. This means you can continue to communicate either with individuals or the members of a WhatsApp group alongside watching the available Facebook, Instagram, or YouTube video.
You should also keep in mind that the new feature plays Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube videos in a separate window on WhatsApp, it doesn’t work with the video clips shared natively on the instant messaging app. Similar is the case with videos being shared from other video platforms.
The Picture-in-Picture feature is available on the latest version for Android (2.18.380). You can download the latest WhatsApp for Android from Google Play.