About video messages
Web and Desktop
Video messages on WhatsApp allow you to instantly record and share up to 60-second video messages directly in the chat. You can send a short video to stay connected to each other.
Record video messages
You can send a video message to an individual chat or group in one of two ways:
- Open the chat you’d like to send a message to. Tap or click the microphone icon next to the text field to switch to the video icon. Press and hold, or click, the video icon to begin recording your message. When you’re finished, release your finger from the video icon to automatically send your message to the chat.
- Use lock mode to record hands-free video messages. Open the chat you’d like to send a message to. Tap or click the microphone icon next to the text field to switch to the video icon. Press and hold the video icon, then slide upward to lock hands-free recording. When you’re finished recording, tap the send icon to send the video message. Note: Lock mode is available only on Android or iPhone.
Preview video messages you've received
When you receive a video message on WhatsApp, it'll appear as a muted preview that auto-plays three times on loop. You'll need to tap or click the video message to play it.
Play video messages
To play a video message you’ve received, tap or click the video message preview in the chat. The message will enlarge and start playing from the beginning.
While the video message is playing, you can pause it by tapping or clicking the video, or by scrolling away from it. Resume the video by tapping or clicking it again.
Delete video messages
Like with other messages, you can delete video messages for yourself or everyone in the chat. When you select Delete for me, your recipients will still see the messages in their chat screen. Messages you select as Delete for everyone will remove that message from everyone’s chat screen. Delete for everyone is useful if you’ve sent a video message to the wrong chat or if the video message you sent contains a mistake.