How to send video messages on WhatsApp – our guide

We're all very excited about the new messaging feature

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If you’ve ever used the popular chat and call app, you might be keen to know how to send video messages on Whatsapp. Well, good news – we’ve got all the answers for you here in this article. 

WhatsApp has become one of the most popular messaging apps worldwide. It provides a convenient way to connect with friends, family, and colleagues. You can use it on Android and iOS devices, as well as on desktop computers via an app or in your browser. Text messages are the core feature. However, WhatsApp also allows users to send and receive multimedia content, including audios and video messages. 

Specialised Whatsapp video messages, in the style of voice notes, are a relatively new feature. They are currently only available to Beta testers. However, we expect the feature to be rolled out more widely in the coming weeks. These short videos are sent and delivered in real time. This offers authenticity and a more immediate reaction compared to prerecorded, long videos fetched from storage. If you want to learn how to send these video messages, this guide will walk you through the process step by step.

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Make sure WhatsApp is fully updated

First things first, make sure that you have the latest version of WhatsApp installed on your device. Regularly updating the app guarantees you access to the latest features and security improvements. This includes the forthcoming ability to record video messages instantly, when it is properly rolled out.



Open a Chat

Launch WhatsApp and open the chat window of the person or group you want to send the video message to. You can start a new chat by tapping on the chat icon, usually located in the bottom-right corner of the screen.



 Press and hold down the video message icon

Once you have opened a Whatsapp chat, look down at the chat bar where there should be a video camera icon. Press it and hold down for up to 60 seconds.



Release and Send

When you are ready to send the video clip, stop holding down the camera button. Just like a voice message, the video will probably send straight away without the chance to edit. And that’s it! Your video will be ready once delivered for the recipient to view.

Will Whatsapp video messages be private?

According to early reports, these video messages will be encrypted end-to-end to make sure they are only seen by the recipient and sender. Plus, there is no way to forward video messages onto anybody else.

How to record and send a video message on Whatsapp

Alternatively, you can send longer video messages by tapping the camera icon in the chatbox and recording a video, which you can then edit to a shorter length or add a caption. You can also choose a pre-existing video from your phone or device’s storage by navigating to the ‘+’ symbol and then the ‘Photo and Video Library’ option. This takes you to your gallery where you can then select videos to edit and send.

Gloria’s Thoughts

Although they’ve not been fully released yet, this new WhatsApp video message feature is hugely exciting, bringing a new, more authentic way to share moments with your contacts. Like voice notes, it’s a quick and easy way of communicating a message and emotions at the same time, or showing the recipient an important event. All we have to do now is wait until it is made more widely available.