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WhatsApp to provide enhanced control over video messages through minor update

WhatsApp Introduces New Control Options for Instant Video Messages

Apps can sometimes have their quirks, but it’s always a relief when these issues get fixed, even if it’s just a minor update. Small updates can make a big difference, and WhatsApp understands this. According to Wabetainfo, WhatsApp is rolling out additional control options for its instant video messages feature. If you have the latest WhatsApp beta for iOS (version or WhatsApp beta for Android (version, you will notice a new setting in the app. This setting allows beta testers to turn off instant video messages.

Previously, WhatsApp had introduced the ability to record and share video messages through its app updates in July. However, this feature was activated by default, meaning users had to manually switch between video messages and voice notes by tapping the voice note button. For users who preferred not to use video messages, this could be quite frustrating. But with this new update, users can simply toggle off the feature, and tapping the voice note button will no longer switch to video messages.

It is important to note that turning off this option will not block short video messages. Users will still be able to receive and play them, but they won’t be able to send video messages themselves when the toggle is off.

Even if you don’t plan on disabling video messages, it is recommended to check the toggle. Some beta users have reported finding it turned off unexpectedly, even if they have sent video messages before.

The toggle for managing instant video messages is currently available to some beta testers who have updated their WhatsApp beta for Android via the Google Play Store and WhatsApp beta for iOS through the TestFlight app. It will be rolled out to more users in the coming days.

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