Popular instant messaging app WhatsApp in a new update for iOS has rolled a feature that allows users to play and watch YouTube videos directly within the app. Earlier, when users clicked on the YouTube link, the video redirects itself in the YouTube app installed on the smartphones.

The new update was first spotted by WABetaInfo, a website that keeps a tab on new WhatsApp tests and updates. The new update information has also been published as Version 2.17.81 on the AppStore.

"When you receive a link to a YouTube video, you can now play it right within WhatsApp. With picture-in-picture, you can also keep watching the video while you navigate to another chat," read the AppStore update for WhatsApp.

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With the latest update, users can also record long voice messages with ease. Now a swipe up locks recording allowing you to continue recording without keeping your finger down. As of now, the YouTube feature in WhatsApp is disabled and would soon be enabled from the server.

The cross-platform messaging app is also testing a new switch feature that will allow users swap between voice to video call, while the voice call is in progress.

In early November, WhatsApp added a feature wherein you can now delete messages you sent by mistake -- whether to one person or an entire group. The feature is now globally available and works on the latest versions of iPhone, Android, Windows Phone as well as desktop.

The instant messaging platform has over 1.3 billion monthly active users who transfer 55 billion messages and one billion videos every day. The messaging service supports 60 languages globally and over 4.5 billion photos are shared on the platform every day.