Android Phones Catching Up: Screen Sharing Coming to WhatsApp, Beta Testing Underway

WhatsApp for Android May Soon Introduce Screen Sharing Feature

It appears that Android phones, which have often been considered lagging behind iOS in terms of app features, are making progress in a popular aspect. On iOS devices, you can currently screen share during FaceTime calls, as well as on other video call platforms such as Zoom and Microsoft Teams.

However, there are indications that screen sharing might soon be available on WhatsApp for Android devices as well. This feature can be beneficial for activities like playing Wordle with a partner, sharing trip itineraries, displaying blocked Instagram profiles to friends, and other productive endeavors.

According to a report by WABetaInfo, the screen sharing feature is being tested in the beta version of WhatsApp for Android, initially available to a limited number of beta testers. It is expected to be gradually rolled out to more users in the coming days.

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Nevertheless, Engadget has noted that older Android models may not support this update, and the feature might not be accessible in calls with a large number of participants or if the person you're chatting with has not updated their WhatsApp.

To utilize this feature, after updating to the latest version of WhatsApp, you will need to locate the icon resembling a phone with an outward-pointing arrow. This button will be located near other tools like muting. When clicked, a prompt will appear asking, "Start recording or casting with WhatsApp?" accompanied by a disclaimer explaining how WhatsApp manages the information it accesses when you display certain details such as passwords, photos, and payment information. By clicking "Start now," you can begin screen sharing during your call.

According to a report from The Verge, WhatsApp is considering introducing additional features for Android users. These potential features include the ability for users to select their own distinct usernames and a "status archive" feature for businesses to store and reuse their statuses beyond a single day.

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