According to Twitter account @WABetaInfo WhatsApp is about to release a new feature whereby YouTube videos will play directly within the chat window, rather than switching you to the player.

WhatsApp has fixed one of the annoying parts of using the Messenger app by allowing this as part of its latest iOS update.

When users tap on a YouTube link in a chat they no longer have to leave the app in order to watch it.

Instead the video appears with a floating window on the screen so users can message friends and watch videos simultaneously.

PICTURE-IN-PICTURE

‘With picture-in-picture, you can also keep watching the video while you navigate to another chat’.

Users can also resize the video window using a pinch gesture, as well as maximising it to full screen for a better view.

Previously users were forced to watch videos sent by friends and family in a full

screen window on YouTube.

This stops you from being able to continue your conversation as you watch clips and means you have to continuously switch back and forth.

This new feature is reported to be available from tonight onwards.

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