WhatsApp is testing a new feature where users will be able to mute videos before sharing them with a contact. The feature is said to have made its way to the latest beta update of WhatsApp with version number 18.104.22.168. Users that are on the latest beta build should have the ability to mute videos by tapping on the volume toggle which is available while editing the video right before sharing.
First spotted by WaBetaInfo, it is noteworthy that the ability to mute videos before sharing is already available on Instagram for a while now under direct messaging. Essentially the same feature is being tested under beta and should eventually make its way for all users. The feature was also spotted in a previous beta build in November last year but it seems that it is being rolled out for users to try in the latest beta.
Feature additions to the social messaging platform are slow to come. To its credit, the messaging giant recently added an extra layer of security to its platform for users logging into WhatsApp Web and the desktop app. Users who now want to log into WhatsApp on their PC can authenticate a login request using their fingerprint or face data present on their smartphone. This new security layer replaces the old process of scanning a QR code using your smartphone camera, which was fairly simple but deemed as safe.
Update: WhatsApp’s mute video feature is rolling out in stable
WhatsApp’s mute video feature is rolling out in the stable branch (via FoneArena) for Android users. The feature is accessible to the user in the video editor right before sending a video to someone or when posting a video to their Status. Right below the crop tool, there will a loudspeaker icon, which will allow users to toggle between audio on and muted audio. When muted, the video will be sent to the receiver without any audio in it.