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WhatsApp finally introduces Video calling for Android and iOS; here’s how to get it

WhatsApp issued an official update to Google Play Store which brings video calling to the app. You will only be able to access it, if you are using the beta version of WhatsApp for the moment.
We have reported on multiple occasions that WhatsApp developers were working on introducing video calling in addition to the audio calls. WhatsApp has recently seen the addition of GIF support as well.
WhatsApp video call options and video call details

Few hours back, WhatsApp began rolling out Video calling features to some beta testers and I’m pretty sure before today ends, a lot of beta testers will be rocking WhatsApp video calling.
As long as you are a beta tester, you only need to update your WhatsApp if available to the latest beta version and you should be sure to receive the video calling features.
Note that it went live only after updating to latest WhatsApp 2.16.318 Beta. Works only when both caller and receiver have latest beta version installed.
WhatsApp is also working on a redesigned home screen which mimics Snapchat interface. So you slide to the right till you enter the tab which has a camera symbol, to share photos or videos with your contacts. It is merely a rearranging of Snapchat’s interface.
New WhatsApp home screen which gives you quick access to the camera by swiping left from the ‘Chat’ tab.
You can activate the video calls by going to Google Play Store and enrolling into WhatsApp beta program. The WhatsApp beta program ‘join-in option’ is present at the bottom of the WhatsApp Play store listing page. It takes about 5-10 minutes for the Google servers to process your request.
After the request is accepted, go to WhatsApp and backup your chat history in the “Chat backup” section inside the “Chats” option. After successfully backing up your chats, uninstall WhatsApp and reinstall it from the Google Play Store.

WhatsApp installation screen
One thing to note is that WhatsApp has updated the WhatsApp installation screen to go with the clean Android Marshmallow interface instead of the age old Holo interface. This isn’t a recent update but demonstrates the attention to detail by WhatsApp developers.

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