Currently, users are required to click on a link shared on the app, and the video then plays either via a browser or in the YouTube mobile application. WhatsApp is now fixing your problem by integrating in-app playback support for YouTube videos.
Excited already? The word is that the Facebook-owned social messaging app is using the concept of picture-in-picture (PIP) view to let users play open YouTube links within its platform.
The update is available for iPhone beta testers.
A hidden feature in version 2.17.40 of the app, uncovered by WABetaInfo, allows users to launch playback of links to YouTube video sent in messages in a picture-in-picture window.
Furthermore, you can also hide the video in the PIP mode temporarily without interrupting the video to read the message in the chat window. You can either pinch the video in the PIP mode to expand or open it in a different section of the app to watch the video in the full-screen mode.
Users are however not able to continue playback when entering other apps. The report also says that the feature is now only available for Apple iPhone 6 or its higher variants.
Meanwhile, the company has finally released a bundle of new features for its iOS users. However, with the new app, this is all going to change.
We can expect that WhatsApp will launch this feature soon unless they find any problem with the new feature. At the moment, there is no information provided as to when these features will make its way to Android.