WhatsApp’s latest update takes a page from work-focused video calling platforms like Zoom and Microsoft Teams. The messaging app is in the process of rolling out a screen sharing feature that will record the contents of your screen and display it with whoever is on the other end of the video call, WABetaInfo reports.
The arrow-pointed phone icon represents the feature and sits alongside older tools like switching cameras and muting and disabling video that appears at the bottom of WhatsApp calls. Once you click on the new button, a message appears asking if you want to “Start recording or sending with WhatsApp?” Along with a disclaimer that the company will have access to any passwords, photos or payment details you display. If you are ok with that, all that remains is to click on “Get Started Now”. You can then stop sharing your screen at any time during the call.
Screen sharing is only available to select Android beta testers at the moment, but should roll out to more users in the coming weeks. However, it may not work for older Android models, larger group calls, or for people who do not have the latest version of WhatsApp downloaded. If you have an iPhone or iPad and don’t feel tied to WhatsApp, Apple invented a similar screen sharing feature in FaceTime calls back in January.