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You can no longer post videos more than 16 seconds duration as WhatsApp Status: Report

Given users are sitting at home due to lockdown they are depending a lot on WhatsApp for chatting and video/ voice calls. A new report suggests that WhatsApp has now sets a time limit for videos uploaded as Status.

WhatsApp, WhatsApp Stories, WhatsApp time limit, WhatsApp Video Stories, WhatsApp Video time limit, WhatsApp new feature WhatsApp sets video upload limit for Status to 16 seconds in India: Report

WhatsApp is reportedly rolling out a new feature for India wherein it is limiting users to post long videos as Status. According to the latest tweet by WABetaInfo the Facebook-owned messaging platform has set a time limit for videos to post on WhatsApp Status. It states that users in India will not be able to post videos that are longer than 16 seconds time duration as a WhatsApp Status update.

The report clarifies that WhatsApp is rolling out this feature especially for Indian users. This move is said to help in reducing the traffic on the servers. Given everyone is sitting at home due to the lockdown in India users are relying a lot on WhatsApp for chatting, voice and video calling and this has spiked the demand of the app.

Even though the story video time is being limited, the report does not state if WhatsApp will be limiting the number of videos that can be uploaded as stories. This will allow users to put longer videos with short cuts between them.

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We tried to check out how the feature works. We uploaded around two 20 second videos — one on Android and another one on iOS — as WhatsApp Status and were able to post both of them. This could possibly be due to the phased rollout of the feature. WhatsApp is yet to officially announce the Status limit feature for videos.

We reached out to WhatsApp for a comment on the same. It hasn’t responded. We will update this space as soon as they respond.

In related news, YouTube recently reduced its default streaming quality to Standard Definition instead of High Definition, to help in the reduction of the network load that is extremely high at this point.

Also Read: Netflix vs Amazon Prime Video vs Zee5 vs Hotstar vs others: Which streaming services should you get?

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First published on: 28-03-2020 at 20:33 IST
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