WhatsApp users can now make individual voice and video calls through the WhatsApp Desktop application. This service is claimed to be end-to-end encrypted.
WhatsApp describes this feature to bridge many people who are separated from those closest to them and are still adjusting to new ways of working.
“Therefore, we want conversations on WhatsApp to feel as much face-to-face as possible, regardless of the location or device used,” WhatsApp said in a written statement on Thursday (4/3/2021).
“Making calls on a bigger screen will make it easier for you to collaborate with co-workers, allow you to see your family more clearly, or enable you to do other things while chatting.”
WhatsApp revealed that for the convenience of users, desktop calls have been designed to function seamlessly in both portrait and landscape orientation.
“Desktop calls are displayed as a separate, resizable window that is always at the very front so you don’t have to search for video calls between browser tabs or a pile of open windows,” explained WhatsApp.
WhatsApp emphasizes that at this initial stage, the service provided is only individual calls and in the future this feature will be expanded to include group voice and video calls.
These individual voice and video calls provide WhatsApp for free and can be done if a laptop or desktop computer has the WhatsApp application installed. If you don’t have it, you can download it here.
Desktop calling is supported on:
- Windows 10 64-bit version 1903 and later
- macOS 10.13 and newer
To make or receive calls on WhatsApp Desktop, you need to:
- Audio output device and microphone for voice and video calls.
- Camera for video calls.
- An active Internet connection on both your computer and phone. Calls will not be made on your phone, but your phone must be online for calls to be made.
- Give WhatsApp permission to access your computer microphone and camera. WhatsApp requires access to your computer’s microphone for calls and a camera for video calls.