The popular instant messaging service WhatsApp will soon acquire a new Snapchat-like function that lets users send brief video messages.

The ability to record and send video messages, which is now available on the beta version of the app, is anticipated to become available to all users in the upcoming weeks.
The new function requires users to press the microphone button that is located on the right side of the text input field, much as how you send voice notes in the app.

The microphone button will change to a video button if you are using the beta version of the app, and hitting it will allow you to record a video message that can last up to 60 seconds.