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How to Send WhatsApp Instant Video Messages

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WhatsApp voice messages are useful, but sometimes you need images, too. Learn how to send WhatsApp instant video messages in this guide.

WhatsApp voice messages are a great way to get across a lot of information without having to spend hours tapping away at your keyboard. Sometimes, however, you may need to demonstrate something visually, such as showing your grandmother how to take Zoom off mute.

Thankfully, WhatsApp now also offers instant video messages that let you record and send a short video clip directly from your WhatsApp chat. If you’re ready to take advantage of this useful feature, then here’s how to send WhatsApp instant video messages.

What are Instant Video Messages on WhatsApp?

You can already make video calls and record and send videos on WhatsApp, so what makes instant video messages any different? Well, a couple of differences make the feature a little more useful in some circumstances.

A key difference is that instant video messages are auto-played in the chat, with the sound muted. That means you’ll see the content of the video message in the chat without having to interact with it. Normal videos sent in a chat need to be clicked before they will play.

In addition, instant video messages aren’t saved in your camera roll unless you opt for them to be saved; they’re more like throwaway messages that you don’t want to keep. There’s also a limit of 60 seconds for instant video messages.

How to Send a WhatsApp Instant Video Message

You can send an instant video message on WhatsApp quickly and easily using a similar method as you would use to send a voice note. If the feature doesn’t appear in WhatsApp, you’ll need to update to the latest version of the app.

To send a WhatsApp instant video message:

  1. Open the WhatsApp chat where you want the video message to appear.
  2. Tap, but don’t hold, the microphone icon at the bottom right of the screen.
    whatsapp mic icon
  3. The icon should change to a Video Camera.
    whatsapp video icon
  4. Tap and hold the Video Camera icon. You’ll see a countdown appear on your screen.
    whatsapp video message countdown
  5. If you’re happy using the front-facing camera, keep holding the icon and record your video message.
  6. If you mess up, swipe left to delete your recording and try again.
  7. When you’ve recorded your video, release the Video Camera icon, and the video message will be posted in the chat.
    whatsapp instant video message in chat
  8. If you want to use the rear-facing camera to record your video or don’t want to keep holding down the icon while recording, tap and hold the Video Camera icon and then swipe up until you see the Lock symbol appear.
    whatsapp lock video recording icon
  9. You can now release the Video Camera icon.
  10. To use the rear-facing camera, tap the Rotate Camera icon.
    whatsapp rotate camera icon
  11. To stop recording, tap the Recording icon.
    whatsapp stop recording
  12. If you’re unhappy with your recording, tap the Trash icon to delete it.
    whatsapp trash icon
  13. If you’re happy, tap the Send icon to send the instant video message.
    whatsapp send icon

How to Delete a WhatsApp Instant Video Message

If you want to remove an instant video message from your WhatsApp chat, either because you’re unhappy with it or because it’s already served its purpose, you can do so directly from within the chat.

To delete a WhatsApp instant video message:

  1. Open the WhatsApp chat containing the instant video message.
  2. Tap and hold the instant video message you want to delete.
  3. Tap Delete.
    whatsapp delete video message
  4. Ensure the instant video message is selected and tap the Trash icon. You can select multiple messages if you wish.
    whatsapp trash icon
  5. Select Delete for Everyone to remove the video from the chat for everyone in the chat group.
    whatsapp delete for everyone
  6. Select Delete for Me if you only want to remove the video from your own copy of the chat.
    whatsapp delete for me
  7. A message will replace the instant video message, indicating that it has been deleted.
    whatsapp deleted message

Get More Out of WhatsApp

Learning how to send WhatsApp instant video messages allows you to get a lot of information across quickly and easily, with audio and visual information that can help make things much clearer.

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