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WhatsApp update releases support for Google Camera Social Share 9to5Google



With Pixel 4 in October 2019, Google Camera added a convenient feature that lets you quickly share your latest photo or video to another app. An update to WhatsApp for Android this week prevents the Facebook-owned service from working with Social Share in Google Camera.

After taking a picture in Google Camera, it quickly appears as a preview in the lower right corner. Swiping up on that circle brings up a column of icons, and tapping an app will start the third-party process of sharing that image.

Up to three user-selected applications can be displayed in that menu. A list is displayed in the Google Camera settings to turn on / off desired sharing destinations.

On Wednesday, version 2.21

.1.13 of WhatsApp for Android started extensively (following weeks of beta testing). After this release is installed, WhatsApp disappears completely from Social Share. It is no longer available from the popup window or preferences list. We have replicated this issue on a Pixel 4a and Pixel 5 running version 8.1 of Google Camera.

This is not a problem on Google’s side – since the camera has not seen an update recently, but rather WhatsApp. The latest stable version (2.20.206.24) of the chat app from December continues to support the sharing shortcut. It is not clear if this was just an error from the Facebook service or an intended removal. Regardless, for users who use Social Share a lot, contacting WhatsApp support is the best option for how to get it back.

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