How to make a video call
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Video calling lets you video call your contacts using WhatsApp.
Make a video call
- Open the WhatsApp chat with the contact you want to video call.
- Tap .
Alternatively, open WhatsApp, then tap the CALLS tab > . Find the contact you want to video call, then tap .
Receive a video call
If your phone is locked, you'll see an incoming WhatsApp video call screen when someone video calls you, where you can:
- Swipe up to accept.
- Swipe up to decline.
- Swipe up to reply to decline the call with a quick message.
If your phone is unlocked, you’ll see an Incoming video call pop-up when someone video calls you, where you can tap Decline or Answer.
Switching between video and voice calls
Switch from a video call to a voice call
- While on the video call, tap , which will notify the contact you're video calling.
- Once the contact turns their video off, the call will be switched to a voice call.
Switch from a voice call to a video call
- While on the voice call, tap > SWITCH.
- The contact you're voice calling will see a request to switch to a video call and can accept or decline the switch.
- Make sure you and your contacts have strong internet connections when placing or receiving video calls.
- To save data, make and answer calls when connected to Wi-Fi. You can also turn Use less data for calls on or off in WhatsApp Settings > Storage and data.
- Video calling is only available on Android phones running 4.1 or newer.
- You can’t access emergency service numbers through WhatsApp, such as 911 in the United States.
- If your call isn't going through, it's possible the other person is on an older operating system or WhatsApp version.
- How to make a group video call.