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WhatsApp for Windows Phone gets ability to send pre-recorded videos and multiple images in latest update

We’ve been teasing you folks about WhatsApp for Windows Phone, specifically features that were being tested in the private beta. What are those new features? Just the ability to send pre-recorded videos and up to 10 images at once.

Luckily for you, version 2.11.340 of WhatsApp for the general public just went live in the Store and it has those aforementioned features, plus the usual bug fixes.

WhatsApp 2.11.340

  • Send pre-recorded videos
  • Send multiple images at once
  • Save received videos
  • Migrate WhatsApp account to a new phone number
  • Bug fixes and speed improvements

The ability to send videos has been in WhatsApp for quite some time, but an OS limitation prevented the app from accessing the media library to fetch pre-recorded videos. Since early 2013 though, Nokia has been working with the WhatsApp developers and it looks like it paid off to have friends in high places. Through Nokia’s assistance (and indirectly, Microsoft’s), WhatsApp now has permission to grab videos from your library to send to friends. That’s a lot easier than having to shoot videos on the fly and makes the app more on par with Android and iOS.

The other new feature is the ability to send multiple images per message. Previously, you had to attach a single image per message, meaning if you wanted to send five photos, you had to head into your media library five separate times. With version 340 of WhatsApp, you can just go in once and attach up to 10 photos (which should be more than enough for most of you).

Videos received from a contact should also be able to be saved to your phone directly and there should be a new Album called ‘WhatsApp’, making it easier to find things once you have received them.

Finally, the ability to migrate your WhatsApp account to another phone number is present under settings.

Other additions to this update include the usual bug fixes and speed improvements, which are always nice to have.

Version 2.11.340 of WhatsApp is very fresh to the Store, so if you don’t see the update, try back in a short-time. Pick up WhatsApp for Windows Phone here with this link or scan the QR code below.

Thanks, Elias H. and Nik for the tips!

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Daniel Rubino
Executive Editor

Daniel Rubino is the Executive Editor of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft here since 2007, back when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, Microsoft Surface, laptops, next-gen computing, and arguing with people on the internet.

  • Finally wp is getting a better! Edit: New update isn't live yet Daniel :P Edit2: Now available :)
  • I got it
  • Not yet here..
  • i yet here
  • Finally thanx WhatsApp dev's :)
  • Update is available here, Brazil :) 
  • Same here. USA. I am excited for this update. I always felt stupid having to take a live video after I already captured something with the Nokia Camera app.
  • I m getting frustated now for the first time with whats app I was trying to access my last nights groups message there were all about 900 messages which were accessible on android phone and in wp8 it kept on crashing when I tried to access the past message comeone this is really frustating
  • But still i didn't get that new WhatsApp album :/
  • Im just guessing but i think it'll probably appear the first time you receive a picture, or video.
  • Yeah. I dont see any such album either.
  • Once after updating if someone sends you an i mage it goes in to WhatsApp filder
    i found it
    its labelled 'WhatsApp ' in the photos section
  • Awesomeness continues :)
    WP just keeps on giving :)
    Very excited about this :)
  • Alright, so the video saving feature and upload feature works like a charm and there's a new folder dedicated to WhatsApp which is very convenient :) Also, the app feels much faster and way more responsive! Seriously :)
  • It feels faster .. Oh wait, still updating .. deffinitely slower download.
  • How to save videos sent by others? Help please
  • Long press the video. An option to save pops up.
  • Thanks
  • I don't get any option to save videos.
  • So many big changes going on windows platform..:) :)
  • I hope this wasn't what you hinted at on Twitter haha
  • No update when I checked. I'll try again in about an hour.
  • I got the update :)
  • here neither :/
  • patience is a virtue :P
  • Update received, it's strange I used to get the updates on time .-.
  • Just checked and she was there waiting. Thanks for the heads up. I agree. My 928 on Verizon hasn't been late to the party thus far. This is a first.
  • I wish the text messaging app would let me send 10 images at once (or even 2)
  • And I wish you could look at all the pics sent by that person by just swiping left or right.
  • Contact info in whatsapp --> swipe left to media
    All media sent between both parties are there
  • When i tap on an image my frined sent me,and then swipe left or right,i can see all the old images sent by that person.I dont know if its a new feature in the latest version or if it was always there.If it was always there,i dont understand why i never noticed it before
  • Helpful.thanx
  • When i tap on an image my frined sent me,and then swipe left or right,i can see all the old images sent by that person.I dont know if its a new feature in the latest version or if it was always there.If it was always there,i dont understand why i never noticed it before.
  • Also you can send more than one pic.
  • Update is available....
  • Nice update.
  • No update yet!
  • Great update I use whatsapp a lot.
  • Not live yet.
  • Try changing your region to UK.
  • No help. Shall wait anyways...
    Edit: got it now, with default settings
  • So , how many more features do we missed behind iOS ?
  • Not sure about how many, but I would like to see the ability to remove the time stamp. That being said, these new features such as being able to send pre-recorded videos are great for us WP users.
  • I'm probably gonna get boo'ed but man, I wish Whatsapp allowed us to set a background or at least have a default background. The black background gets boring after some time (and that's two years in my case)
  • Booooo x925
  • Probably in two months it may come at the rate these guys are updating :)
  • Isn`t that an OS limitation again?Can that too be overcome?
  • Don't see why it would be a limitation. eBay, Viber allow you to do that
  • I also want a change in backgrounds. The homology on WP is extremely silly to me.
  • Agreed!
  • And that's one of the things I like the most. I use the black background when ever I can. It looks simple, classy and uncluttered. Even when I had android I used a dark background. I agree it's nice to have the option to change since it clearly doesn't appeal to every user.
  • No booing here. I wish for the same. Whatsapp was beautiful on my iPad 2.... (yeah I used the iPhone trick) :-) It feels awkward admitting to owning an iPad for some reason. I didn't pay for her.... She was a gift.
  • lol you're like:
    don't blame me! we all make mistakes :P
  • :-)
  • I think it's weirder that it has a gender. Does "she" take the pill or did you buy her an IUD?
  • Pill
  • Change your theme to light then.
  • Best app ever!
  • Yes, its the best, i found that you can run whatsapp on pc, try this
  • This explains why Vine doesn't allow you to upload pre-recorded videos. No friends in high places. I hope they make some. Need ability to add music and slow mo vines.
  • I would settle for having a half-decent video-editing tool on Windows Phone.
  • guess they could if they tried to get the permissions for that IMO ,they too are part of the Nokia collection.Possibly an update is on its way,fingers crossed ;)
  • I guess that is why Whatsapp moved under the Nokia Apps. there, they are open to more APIs, like the video editing thing. from nokia. Edit: Also Instagram is there, so same might happen soon.
  • And people will keep complaining about no custom background...
  • I wasn't complaining or at least not whining, I was just sayin'…
  • The custom background is beautiful. It feels dull without it. The UX is comparable without the custom background, but it is certainly nice to have.
  • Is that a cartoon pic of Kevin M? Was that generated by a WP app? I've seen good ones on Android, would love one for WP.
  • +920!!!!!
  • I only want a new ui with backgrounds..
  • 8.1...
  • New profile pic for dan !  
  • I want this feature on 6tag and 6sec. Please Rudy!
  • For that Rudy needs to have connections with nokia or his apps need to be part of the Nokia collection which at the moment they aren`t...
  • If it was a OS limitation, and now they already solved it, why other apps can't do the same? Nokia and Microsoft need to let other apps to do the same, otherwise we won't have a full experience on a WP. I don't have network everytime I want to post a Vine or video on Instagram, so a feature that allows you to save and than upload videos is important. Hope that Rudy get's in touch with MS and Nokia, to add this feature to is apps.
  • It isn't an os limitation. It's just you need special permissions to access the programming libraries needed. This is a simplified version but that's the gist of it. I don't know why WPCental keeps perpetuating this myth.
  • Awesome..keep it coming...
  • Thanks for sharing :)
  • Update won't install! Only me?
  • Did you ever had the new chat wouldn't show after you deleted the current chat?? I mean for same people we have chat. Notification came but the chat isn't it. Is it still bug on Whatsapp?.. thx
  • Best update ever.. Now all that we need is the ability to send and save music files and im a happy kid :)
  • Hm you can't change text size anymore in this update! It points you to system ease of access setting..
  • Awesome news !! Good to see all the new features included in this release. WP apps are getting batter and baetter day by day. Good job Whatsapp team, Nokia and Microsoft. Keep doing good stuff like this and WP will go a long way.
  • +920 :)
  • "batter and baetter?" I'm not associated with the grammar police, but gee.
  • Hey, he tried two different forms. You've got to give him some credit for that.
  • +WhatsApp
  • Great day for WP8
  • This is great! Now the only real features we need are: 1. The ability to send and save audio files. 2. Stability fixes and message selection, its a very annoying issue where message links get all messed up and copying a particular message copies altogether someother message.. Hope you can understand this. 3. The ability to have all the conversations, without them being deleted. Currently, whatsapp  stores only around 500 messages for each contact/group and it is a hit and miss process goig till the last message, the app frequently crashes while attempting the same. While my friends with android phones can scroll back to messages that are even a year old!
  • +620
  • I guess that is why Whatsapp moved under the Nokia Apps. there, they are open to more APIs, like the video editing thing. from nokia. Most probably, sense whatsapp has its own folder now, it will save more than just pics and vids, meaning we might get Real Backup soon. so that after you Hard Reset your device, you will be able to retrieve all messeges. Which also means we might be able to store all Whatsapp information.
  • Where do you get the separate folder?
    i didn't find it under the album section :/
  • +2520
  • My life is complete.
  • +1...tune in`s got an update too in case any of you are interested ,fixes those bugs "cannot decode stream data" and a few others,d app is stable and works just like it should :) 
  • Smz u a gay
  • And yet skype still cant send a pic
  • Forget about Skype, it's useless on WP.
  • +920
  • Atlast a separate whatsapp folder in the albums :)
  • getting this in Malaysia!!  
  • YES!!!!
  • What's going on? I switched to US Marketplace , but still version 2.11.312.0?
  • The update is not live yet. Just be patient.
  • Hey I think we cannot send multiple images which are saved in memory card .....
  • Yes u can,and after this update the app feels faster too
  • A tiny bit faster
  • i have update my lumia 520...n have sd card in it which contains some in whatspp when i click on attachmnt icon , then albums then only three folders are shown i.e camera roll, screen shots and saved where the hell are the other folders ... m only saying that i am able to send pics through others folders but by going thorugh those folders....but from their i cannot send multiple pics...
  • I also hv d same prob on my l520. Did u find a solurion??
  • Ya....u need to connect ur phone to pc then transfer all the photos or the folders into the picture folder, where other folders such as camera roll, saved pictures or screen shot folders are there.......also dnt make folders in worked ...
  • Thanxs man for ur help. Now i can view all d pics of my mob. Bt y did dey do ach a thng it tuk a long tym for my albums to update
  • ya...took time for me too...
  • Thanks a lot WhatsApp... :) WP good going...
  • Uhhh I can't send pics from my SkyDrive albums anymore...can anyone else confirm?
  • I don't see them either. Hope this get fixed soon
  • I can't either, so annoying I used that all the time!
  • Hallelujah..... .we movin on up like the Jeffersons !!!
  • 16mb video file limitation
  • Does this apply for wp7 phones also? I have WP8 but my relatives are still on WP7.
  • Yeah it should work. I'm still figuring it out :) WP 7.8 HTC Radar.
  • Hey. Thanks
  • How do I save whatsapp videos that are in the app? And what format videos can be shared in whatsapp? Also tell me the max Mb limit for video upload.
  • 15mb is limit . Those videos autosaves to WhatsApp folder thats nw on yur photo option.i guess all,formats may b cz snce update I,received many videos thy gt saved n cud share also but format not known .may b any wud limit of 15md
  • Ah thanks mate.. But I can't save videos that are in the app. Any solution? I want to save em to phone memory.
  • U r right videos r not saved in,WhatsApp album . I wonder wht to,do now . It shows save but thy NT saved . N multiple videos also cant b send . Thats sad . Y not saved .n,sorry buddy .
  • If the videos are already available on the phone then I guess it will be available to send. So far im not happy with this update. Its just like the old one for me. Except for the changes that I hardly use, like phone number migration and all the new stuff.
  • Its awesome....
    thanks... Wattsapp and microsoft
  • Daniel, also allows you to save the profile picture. Stores it in a new folder called Whatsapp.
  • I haven't got the option for prerecorder videos !
  • Go to the albums in attaching option and from there u can send the prerecorded videos.
  • Great thanks! I thought albums were meant for multiple photo messaging. :) Silly me.
  • U shud go n,die somewhere in,da,woods.
  • Can't believe how "from da hood" you are.  :D
  • Update is nice but videos on sd card cant be attached also images are automatically being saved i think they have removed the option to disable it.
  • U can attach upto 15mb file .it wrks . N waise b xxx files tha we get on,WhatsApp r alomost max of 12mb u can,save n,share .
  • What's the point of whatsapp? Can you really get rid of your texting service and just use this app? Can you send texts with this app to non whatsapp users? And if someone who doesn't have it sends you a text and you don't have SMS service anymore will the text show up in the app?
  • In India free sms limitation is 100 sms per day, and with friends we can message unlimited number of times (dont tell me message freak and work heheh) photos and video sending is so much easier and mms is still not viable option, group messaging is so much easier... And does not burn a hole in your pocket
  • also it is good for people who keep in touch with their families and friends outside their country. I don't think everyone can afford to send international texts a hundred times a day.
  • +620
    Sorry... i was talking for whatsapp, i didnt even mention that app name
  • People don't understand the usefulness of whatsapp. What a shame. I mainly use it for group chats, if I use groupme, txts aren't as reliable because depending on your signal strength, txts wont go through until hours late sometimes. If you're connected to WiFi, whatsapp wont slow down.
  • It's a messenger, nothing more, both parties need to have it installed
  • Actually i liked that manual option to save the pics. I dont want every pic to be saved in my picture hub ! Though i think it would lessen the phone memory that was used by the whatsapp but still i liked that option !
  • In Hindi "jhakas" in English "wow". Finally a smart update . N profile pics can,also b sav