WhatsApp now lets iOS users watch YouTube videos directly inside the chat interface with version 2.18.11. This new feature makes it possible for users to watch YouTube videos without leaving WhatsApp. However, there are certain things to keep in mind.
Firstly, an iOS user sharing the video with his contact over WhatsApp cannot possibly benefit from this feature (at least for now). However, we are expecting this to change in the coming days since there appears to be no reason why WhatsApp shouldn’t allow senders to watch videos directly in the app too.
Recipients, on the other hand, will of course notice a play button in a bubble whenever they receive any new video. Let us make it very clear to our readers that this feature is currently limited only to YouTube videos. So, in case you receive Facebook or Twitter video links, they would open in their respective apps. Earlier, similar was the case with YouTube videos as well.
But given the popularity of Google-owned video sharing platform and many users sharing their videos over WhatsApp, the Facebook-owned instant messenger must have decided to do something about it in order to make users stick to their platform. As of now, there is no word when this feature will make its way to Android and Windows. Currently, WhatsApp has over 1.2 billion monthly active users worldwide including 200 million across India.
Last week, WhatsApp hit the headlines in India for the wrong reasons due to a strange ‘WhatsApp Obsolete’ issue. Although WhatsApp acknowledged the issue, the popular instant messaging app denied its involvement. Since the majority of the affected users we noticed were using Xiaomi phones, the Chinese OEM later came out with a clarification and apologised to its users for the slip up.