WhatsApp is experimenting with Picture-in-picture mode in the iOS app. The WABetaInfo site caught the feature in action in the Beta version of the iPhone application, which will finally make it possible to continue conversations while browsing outside the messenger.
The arrival of PiP mode on iPhone has been a demand from the community for a long time. The feature already exists on Android and makes it possible to continue conversations even when WhatsApp is not open in the foreground.
Probably due to limitations in the structure of Apple’s operating system, the implementation of the feature on iOS gave Meta more work. According to the WABetaInfo website, the function seems to be compatible with iOS 15, but support was only confirmed in iOS 16.1.
Not all testers have access to Picture-in-picture at this time. As always, WhatsApp released the functionality to a wave of users first, and then expanded the feature. Limited availability gives the company more time to address potential issues with the addition.
If you’re a tester, the way to check if the feature is active is to open a video call and try to leave it with your iPhone’s navigation controls. If enabled on your device, instead of disappearing completely, WhatsApp will be reduced to a floating window that you can move around at will.
No release date
WhatsApp PiP for iOS is an experimental feature, so it’s not known when the general public will have access to it. Most likely, the functionality will be extended to all testers before being released in the final version, so it remains only to wait for the next updates.