WhatsApp features its calling facility for desktop app users – the company has been working on this feature for quite some time and has finally rolled out for the masses.
The Facebook-owned social networking app recently announced in a blog post that the company has “seen significant increases in people calling one another on WhatsApp, often for long conversations.”
Last New Year’s Eve, WhatsApp experienced 1.4 billion voice and video calls – a record for most calls made in a day. The company also marked that the calling experience works “seamlessly for both portrait and landscape orientation, appears in a resizable standalone window on your computer screen, and is set to be always on top so you never lose your video chats in a browser tab or stack of open windows.”
To make a call using the desktop version of Whatsapp, follow these steps:
- Launch WhatsApp Desktop app and select a contact
- Click on the ‘Call’ or ‘Video call’ icons on the top right corner to make the call (if your app version doesn’t support the call option, you could visit WhatsApp’s website and download the latest version.
Like the mobile app version, you could start a video call during the audio call – simply click on the camera icon to switch from audio to video call.
The desktop version will also support receiving calls, so you will get an option to either accept or reject the call, or you can click on ‘Ignore’ or ‘x’ to ignore the call.
The desktop app also supports end-to-end encryption for all calls. As of now, WhatsApp calling on the desktop is supported on Windows 10 64-bit version 1903 and newer, and macOS 10.13 and newer. WhatsApp does not support group calls on the desktop version, but the company plans to add it in the future.
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