WhatsApp reduces Status video time limit to 15 seconds in India

WhatsApp reduces Status video time limit to 15 seconds in India
NEW DELHI: Facebook-owned WhatsApp has reduced the Status video limit from 30 seconds to 15 seconds in India to cut strain on Internet networks during the coronavirus lockdown in the country as millions of people have started sharing videos in Status.

A tweet by WABetaInfo has revealed WhatsApp has put a bar on time limit for videos posted under the 'Status' section of the Facebook-owned instant messaging app.

"You can no longer send videos to WhatsApp Status if they are longer than 16 seconds: only videos having a duration of 15 seconds will be allowed. This is happening in India and it's probably an initiative to reduce the traffic on the server infrastructures," WABetaInfo tweeted on Sunday.

India has over 400 million WhatsApp users.

Facebook-owned messaging platform is asking users to crop any video longer than 15 seconds time duration and only then it can be posted as Status.

At the time of launch, WhatsApp allowed 90 seconds to three minutes of video and if the existing video is larger than 16MB if gave an option to trim the length of the video before sending it.

Later, the limit was reduced to 30 seconds.

WhatsApp has seen a 40 per cent increase in usage globally, according to a study by Kantar, a data and consulting company.

In a strange move, WhatsApp has reduced the video status duration limit from 30 seconds to 15 seconds in India. In other words, WhatsApp users in India can no longer be able to post video status longer than 15 seconds.

Facebook is yet to make an official announcement behind the move, but, according to the WhatsApp fan website, WABetainfo, the step was taken to “reduce the traffic on the server infrastructures.” The website also claims that the reduction in the limit is not going to be a permanent thing. In all likelihood, WhatsApp users in India will get back the previous limit of 30 seconds when the country eases the lockdown, which was enforced due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Interestingly enough, the new 15 seconds cap has been introduced only to India. Nevertheless, if you’re based in India, you can still be able to upload a video longer than 15 seconds, but you’ll have to divide the video into two 15-second parts if you’re planning to upload a 30-second video. And if it’s longer than 30 seconds, you can do the math.

If you’re based in India., try uploading a video let us know whether you’re seeing the 15 seconds cap?

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