In the wake of national lockdown, people are forced to sit at homes in India. While the ongoing scenario has deliberately spiked internet usage across the country, it has even impacted the WhatsApp servers, and in the wake of such a surge, the company is making some changes to the social messaging app.
The world’s largest social messaging app has just trimmed the Status video limit by 15 seconds in India to reduce the server strain. WhatsApp tracker, WABetaInfo, tweeted the information.
The new change will affect all 400 million Whatsapp users throughout India. The app from now will ask the users to reduce video time under 15 seconds to upload it as Status.
Several other services are reporting the upscale in data usage throughout India. To ease the load on telecom carriers and some service providers, the Indian Government has limited the video streaming to 480p last week on all the cellular networks.
It’s been a week since the Indian Government has imposed lockdown to fight against the novel coronavirus. The measures and steps taken by the Government have somehow reduced the pace of virus spread.
Additionally, the WhatsApp Status feature initially allowed 90 seconds of video but was considerably reduced to 30 seconds.
Facebook-owned WhatsApp has reduced the Status video limit from 30 sec to 15 secs in India to cut strain on Internet networks service during the coronavirus shutdown in the country as millions of people have started sharing the videos in Status in the site.
A tweet by WABetaInfo has disclosed WhatsApp has put a bar on the time limit for videos posted under the Status section of the Facebook-owned instant messaging apps.
“You can no longer upload videos to WhatsApp Status if they are longer more than 16 seconds: only videos having a time of 15 seconds will be allowed. This is happening in India, and it is probably an initiative to minimize the traffic on the servers infrastructures, WABetaInfo tweeted on Sunday–.
India has about over 400 million WhatsApp user’s accounts.
The facebook-owned messaging site is asking users to crop any video longer more than 15 seconds time, and only then can it be updated as Status.
At the time of launch, WhatsApp also allowed 90 seconds to 3 minutes of video and if the existing video is larger than 16 MB if given an option to trim the duration of the video before sending it. Later, the duration was reduced to 30 seconds.
WhatsApp has seen a 40% percent increase in usage globally, according to a study by Kantar, a data and consulting company.