WhatsApp is reportedly rolling out the picture-in-picture (PiP) feature for WhatsApp Web users globally, however not so many users have come to know or understand its usage.
WhatsApp is known to release new features for its users regularly, and the WhatsApp Web PiP feature rollout, said to be gradual, should be seen by all users in a few weeks.
According to reports, the PiP mode will work only on shared videos for now, with support for Facebook, YouTube, and Instagram videos coming soon.
Recall PiP mode was rolled out for Android and iOS users over the course of this year, and now it works for all videos shared on the social networking app.
As for desktop, WABetaInfo reports that WhatsApp is now rolling PiP mode gradually for WhatsApp Web users globally.
The feature has been enabled with the latest version 0.3.1846, and users do not need to manually install this update.
Every time a user starts WhatsApp Web, the site recognizes if there is an update available and installs it automatically.
In order to double check if you are on version 0.3.1846, head to WhatsApp Web > Settings > Help. If you are on an older version of WhatsApp Web, then try clearing the cache and restart the service.
To use the feature, try playing a video in chat, and see if a floating box appears that plays the video in-app.
In our test, we saw that the feature was working fine.
After the video finished downloading, hover the mouse over the playing video, and you will find a PiP logo on the top left edge of the video.
Clicking on that will enable the video to play within the chat box. It will continue to play even when you leave the chat box and browse through other parts of WhatsApp.
While iPhone users had PiP mode enabled since January this year, all Android users got it via an update just a few days ago. The feature was in beta for Android users since October.