Facebook owned messaging platform WhatsApp begins rolling out voice and video calling feature for Desktop app users starting today. WhatsApp has been working on rolling out this feature for a long time now and has finally released it for everyone around the globe. Also Read - Top 5 video calling apps you can use for work from home in 2021
With the video and voice calling feature on WhatsApp Desktop app, the messaging platform will aim to take on the likes of other video calling platforms such as Zoom, Google Meet, Microsoft Teams, Skype, among others. Also Read - Beware! WhatsApp Pink link is a virus, don’t click on it: What is it, how to stay safe
Similar to WhatsApp voice and video calling on the mobile app, calls on the desktop app will also be end-to-end encrypted, which means no one apart (including WhatsApp and parent company Facebook) from you and your friend will be able to hear the conversation. Also Read - Facebook to soon allow Messenger users to directly chat with WhatsApp users on the platform
The messaging platform says that it aims to offer “reliable and high-quality experience”. WhatsApp Desktop calling is available on Windows 10 64-bit version 1903 and newer and macOS 10.13 and newer. Let’s now explain how to make voice and video calls on WhatsApp Desktop.
How to make video, voice call on WhatsApp Desktop app
STEP 1: You’ll first need to get an active internet connection on your computer and phone
STEP 2: WhatsApp will then access your computer’s microphone or webcam depending on the voice or video calling feature you want to use
STEP 3: To continue, you will then need to have an audio output device and microphone connected to your computer for calls
STEP 4: Next, open the individual chat you would like to call.
STEP 5: Click the Voice call icon and you’re good to go.
Group WhatsApp calling feature coming
WhatsApp has also confirmed that video and voice calling feature will come to group calls on Desktop app in the near future. The messaging platform said, “We will be expanding this feature to include group voice and video calls in the future.” The release timeline hasn’t been revealed as of yet.
The messaging platform recently announced the roll out of a new security feature for WhatsApp Web and Desktop including face and fingerprint unlock feature when linking devices.