Sharing your screen while on a video call is becoming much easier now, especially with FaceTime and soon, WhatsApp.
Mark Zuckerberg, the CEO of Meta (formerly Facebook), recently announced that WhatsApp will soon have a feature that lets you share your screen during a video call. This feature was initially tested with some Android users in May, and although we don’t know exactly when everyone will have it, Zuckerberg’s recent post suggests it could be coming quite soon.
During a video call, you’ll be able to tap a button on the call screen to start sharing your screen on WhatsApp. You’ll get a prompt asking if you want to give WhatsApp permission to show and record what’s on your screen to the person you’re talking to.
Apple introduced a similar feature called SharePlay for FaceTime in late 2021 with iOS 15.1. But the catch is that FaceTime is only available to Apple users, so Android users can only join FaceTime calls, not initiate them.
On the other hand, WhatsApp video calls work on both Android and iOS devices as long as you have the app and an internet connection.
If the screen-sharing feature is added to WhatsApp, it will benefit its massive user base of over 2.4 billion monthly users, especially in countries like India where WhatsApp is widely used, even for work-related communications.