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WhatsApp open on a phoneA new feature that may be of interest to the billions that use Meta's messaging service is now coming out of beta testing and is rolling out via the usual update process. You will now be able to share a view of your screen or a specific app you've got open with everyone else on the call.

This is a feature that will no doubt be familiar to people that use Teams or Zoom at work. It can be very useful when you're looking at something that's hard to put into words.Due to WhatsApp's ubiquity, it may well be useful in business contexts here too. It's always been a bit more fiddly diagnosing problems on mobile devices, so being able to easily share the screen on the problem device if both parties have WhatsApp installed (which the stats suggest is pretty much everyone that owns a smartphone) may well aid in this process.

If you'd like to share your screen in WhatsApp, assuming you've got the latest updates applied, just hit the Share icon once you're on a call, and you'll be given the option to either share your whole phone screen, or a just a specific app. Meta themselves suggest you might want to use this feature for “sharing documents for work, browsing photos with family, planning a vacation or shopping online with friends, or just helping grandparents with tech support.” in their own press release on this.

In addition to this change, it is now also possible to set a call to landscape mode - largely to support the screensharing feature and allow a layout that works nicely around the content being shared.

This is the latest in a series of features that have been introduced over recent months that have also included the ability to send video notes and use the same WhatsApp account on multiple devices.