WhatsApp Video Calling: Everything You Need to Know
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WhatsApp has over a billion users in the world, and is one of the fastest growing social networks Here Are the Fastest Growing Social Networks You Need to Join Here Are the Fastest Growing Social Networks You Need to Join While Facebook holds the lion's share of the social market, new services like Kik, Snapchat and WhatsApp threaten to break Facebook's stranglehold on the social Internet. Read More . It’s technically an instant messenger though, but new features make it ever more powerful.

Last year, the company introduced WhatsApp voice calling WhatsApp Voice Call: Everything You Need to Know WhatsApp Voice Call: Everything You Need to Know Popular instant messaging app WhatsApp has finally launched a new voice calling service, enabling users to make phone calls over the Internet. Read More to let users make phone calls over the internet. This year, the new addition is WhatsApp video calling. It was a beta feature You Can Now Make Video Calls on WhatsApp You Can Now Make Video Calls on WhatsApp WhatsApp is rolling out video calling to random Android users, but the feature is available to anyone willing to install the latest beta. iOS users are out of luck for now. Read More  until last month, but now it’s officially released for everyone and all platforms.

What to Know About WhatsApp Video Calls

Video calling is exactly what it sounds like. You “call” a friend with the WhatsApp, and both of you can see each other on your smartphone screens. It’s like what Skype has been doing for years.


WhatsApp video calling works across the three major mobile operating systems: Android, iOS, and Windows Phone. This makes WhatsApp one of the best smartphone apps for free cross-platform video calls Best Smartphone Apps for Free Cross-Platform Video Calls Best Smartphone Apps for Free Cross-Platform Video Calls It doesn't matter your platform -- from Mac to PC to Android and everything in between -- one of these apps will let you make video calls. Read More .

It is technically free, in the sense that WhatsApp isn’t charging you any money to make the call. However, video calls need internet, so it will be consuming data from your phone’s data plan. If you are using WhatsApp Call over a Wi-Fi connection, your phone’s network carrier (e.g. AT&T, Vodafone, etc.) won’t charge you anything. A quick reminder, you can check how much data WhatsApp has used 10 Awesome WhatsApp Tricks You Should Know 10 Awesome WhatsApp Tricks You Should Know Want to trick out WhatsApp so it's the best-looking, most amazing chatting tool on your phone? Here's how. Read More .

Existing users will need to update their app, while new users can download it. The feature is available on Android right now, and will be rolling out to iOS and Windows Phone within a day. WhatsApp is completely free.

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What You Can Do With WhatsApp Video Calls

WhatsApp’s video calls are a part of the existing voice calls feature. Placing a video call is pretty simple. You choose the contact you want to talk to, tap the phone icon next to their name, and choose “Video Call” from the dialog that pops up. Here’s a quick demonstration:

The other person can answer or reject the call. If they answer, you’re ready to go.

By default, it uses the front-facing camera of your phone. This doesn’t include the front-facing “flash” which is one of WhatsApp’s new features you should know about All the New Features in WhatsApp You Need to Know About All the New Features in WhatsApp You Need to Know About Being one of the fastest growing social networks on the planet, WhatsApp needs to keep reinventing. These are the latest highlights you should know about. Read More . However, you can switch this to the rear camera at any point with a tap on the screen. It’s seamless and just works.

You can also mute the microphone, so the other person can see you but not hear you. To mute the audio from the speakers, use your phone’s volume buttons.

Better Internet Speeds

Whenever you make a video call, WhatsApp does not assume any internet speed. So it will calculate your speed each tie, and adjust the video quality accordingly. This makes a remarkable difference in how good the video looks.

One Redditor made a short clip comparing WhatsApp video calls and Apple’s FaceTime. WhatsApp looks far better in that battle. Watch it for yourself:

We tried WhatsApp Video Calling on 4G, 3G, and 2G networks, and it worked on all three. The 2G network’s video quality was poor and pixellated, but it was still smooth enough to know what was happening on screen. The lack of lag was refreshing.

Multi-Tasking While on Call

The second highlight of WhatsApp’s video calls is the multi-tasking feature. Most smartphone video calls force you to use the video call and nothing else. You can’t multi-task. However, WhatsApp has no such restrictions.


You can tap the “Message” button at any point to check other messages that someone has sent you on WhatsApp, and even reply to them. To return to your video call, tap the green bar at the top of the app.

What You Can’t Do With WhatsApp Video Calls

Although it works well, there are still a few missing features in WhatsApp Video Calls. And those can be dealbreakers for some people.

No WhatsApp Web or Desktop Support

While WhatsApp requires a smartphone and an active internet connection, you can still use it on a computer. You can do it via the WhatsApp desktop client WhatsApp Desktop Client for Windows & Mac Is Only Second Best WhatsApp Desktop Client for Windows & Mac Is Only Second Best WhatsApp released a Microsoft Store app, a wrapper for its desktop app. Notifications and keyboard shortcuts aside, it's identical to WhatsApp Web. Read More or the WhatsApp Web browser client WhatsApp Web: How to Use WhatsApp on Your PC WhatsApp Web: How to Use WhatsApp on Your PC Along with supporting all mobile platforms, WhatsApp has now launched a web-based client, so you can finally use WhatsApp on your PC and sync with your phone. Read More . However, neither of these support video calls.


On the other hand, apps like Skype or FaceTime are available on both computers and phones, and can cross-call between the two. This might be a big issue for some people.

No Group Video Calls

WhatsApp video calls are only one-to-one. It’s a little disappointing, since WhatsApp’s group chats are one of its most popular features.


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How Much Data Does Video Calling Use?

WhatsApp’s focus is to make the video call look as good as possible. So if it can give you higher quality, it’s going to do that. And that results in high data usage. If you’re not on Wi-Fi, this can quickly eat through cellular data caps.


On average, we found a minute’s call to use 5 MB of data on 4G, 3.75 MB on 3G, and 3 MB on 2G. This isn’t bad at all, and much less than what we expected. A few Twitter users also recorded similar numbers:

WhatsApp’s settings have an option to reduce the data used on voice calls. If you’re worried about data usage, you can try this option to see if it also reduces video call data. And there are other ways to WhatsApp’s reduce data usage 7 New WhatsApp Features You Need to Check Out 7 New WhatsApp Features You Need to Check Out WhatsApp developers have recently added a whole bunch of new abilities that make the app better than ever. Plus, WhatsApp is now free forever! Read More .

Have You Tried WhatsApp Video Calling?

Have you got the new WhatsApp video calling feature and tried it out? What do you think of it? Did it work well for you, or did you have any troubles?

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  1. Susan
    July 14, 2018 at 9:43 pm

    While on a video call on WhatsApp, can u also screenshot? Would the other person know? Sometimes my friend will pause her video for less than 5 seconds but I can still hear her. Just wondering if she is screenshotting.

  2. Jude
    June 26, 2018 at 11:56 am

    please I would like to know, is the data charge on whatsapp call on both parties or on the caller alone?

  3. Kate
    April 2, 2018 at 6:19 pm

    I can't figure out how to manage the videos of me and the person I'm video calling with. What I mean is that it's usually the face of the other person I can see and my face in a square below; sometimes they swap (I don't know how and when this happens); sometimes the square below disappears at all and I can't see what my friend can see, etc. How do I manage this small square with my face during a video call, please?

  4. Lalhmingliani renthlei
    March 16, 2018 at 6:00 am

    I have tried whatsapp video call with my friends,im in india and my friend is in england,when ever we try to video chat,we cant see each other,although he can see me a bit but i cant see his face.its totally dark ,and if you can solve my problem ill be very glad,ty...phone-gionee s+

  5. Martin Eady
    March 4, 2018 at 8:58 pm

    Used this app was impressed but can anyone else see you talking to each other or is it a private line like a phone call would normally be ??

  6. Jago cheri
    January 28, 2018 at 8:03 pm

    Whatsapp should have the ability to take a person's picture on screen while you are having a video chat with them.

  7. Kat Woman
    October 26, 2017 at 9:45 pm

    One of my friends and I are trying to video chat and we can talk for two minutes then it just keeps saying "Reconnecting" and beeping. Why is that? Do we both need to be using wifi or can one have wifi and the other have data? Please help???

  8. sabs
    October 11, 2017 at 9:17 pm

    i have observed that when someone video calls me , i can see myself on the video even if i dont receive the call. i wonder if the caller can see me too, i hope not!! can anyone tell me please? i know it sounds silly but still clarity would be nice.thanks in advance.?

  9. Stephen
    October 8, 2017 at 5:56 pm

    Thumb up for Whatsap Team,u've done more than great job, ,,bravo

  10. Stephen
    October 8, 2017 at 5:54 pm

    Thnx a million times for Whatsap Team,they've done great job from day 1 up until now they exel bravo!!!bravo!!.Now Video calling is more than what I've expected fr om you Guys.Yes Whatsap is a Must have App.Thank you a million time and may God keeping blessing you with WISDOM,, , bravo!!!

  11. Patricia Hollinger
    October 1, 2017 at 3:21 pm

    Tried it today and was very impressed! Much easier than Skype!

  12. Majid
    September 5, 2017 at 7:06 pm

    i have a problem during whatsapp video call
    Whenever i call the other person cannot hear me until i connect my earphones
    With earphones on i can be heard but not without that
    i uninstalled the whatsapp and re-installed it back but still same
    Also i have granted all permissions to whatsapp but not able to fix this issue
    Phone : Lenovo K5 Note

  13. Harold Hartmann
    July 1, 2017 at 1:58 pm

    I was recently in Germany staying in a hotel right outside of the Munich Airport waiting for a flight back to the US. I had some free time so I thought I would try out WhatsApp video for the first time. As I was walking in the countryside with no WiFi connection I was amazed at the Quality of the WhatsApp video call feature when I called my son in Las Vegas. We had a 10 minute phone conversation and the quality was excellent. WhatsApp is an amazing and well-thought-out app. I use it for sending videos and photos to my relatives overseas and the quality is outstanding.

    June 14, 2017 at 11:32 am

    between me and my friend we cannot do video calling on whatsapp. video call gets converted to voice call immediately after call is answered. but we both can make video calls to other numbers.

  15. mrs miesah sufien
    May 18, 2017 at 7:04 am

    Hi guys i have it and really happy with the quality its so simple to use and im no tech expert im just learning thank you for yr service

  16. Hina
    February 3, 2017 at 4:40 am

    I cant see others people whatsapp video but they can see me how can i resolve this problem

  17. Lucy
    December 29, 2016 at 4:39 pm

    Hi! Just downloaded WhatsApp to my mom's 4G tracfone. She doesn't have home based internet. How can we do video chats using the 4G or is that even possible? We keep getting msgs saying "no internet connection". Thx for your help

  18. RR
    December 6, 2016 at 5:33 am

    How to record a video call?

  19. RR
    December 6, 2016 at 5:22 am

    have you tried to record a whatsapp video call?

  20. Moumita
    November 23, 2016 at 7:24 am

    The problem I am facing is that the other person can see me but I cannot see the person. I am using a Samsung A3. Rare occassion i can see the other person but for a couple of seconds. This is the problem even with the strongest of wifi. Pl help to resolve this problem