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WhatsApp voice and video calling feature reportedly rolling out to a select desktop users

On: December 21, 2020
Highlights

  • WhatsApp calls feature is rolled out to select web and desktop users
  • A wider rollout is expected in the coming weeks
  • The feature will allow users to dial/answer calls on the desktop via a connected smartphone

WhatsApp introduced voice and video calling support on its app way back in 2015 and 2016 respectively. It enabled users to call their contacts present on the instant messaging platform over mobile data or a WiFi connection. 

Also Read: How to recover and backup your WhatsApp messages on Android

Now, a new report by WABetaInfo claims that the Facebook-owned company is rolling out the call feature on web and desktop to select WhatsApp users. As of now, it is available only in beta and the feature is under development.

WhatsApp reportedly rolling out calls feature for web and desktop users

The first look of WhatsApp call feature on the desktop version

According to WABetaInfo, users will be able to see the voice and video call buttons in the chat header located beside the search icon. The buttons have a ‘beta’ label. The report adds that a separate window will pop-up when a user receives a call on WhatsApp Web/Desktop to accept the incoming call. For ongoing calls, there is a smaller window for basic controls. The feature is expected to function the same way for group chats.

However, the number of participants allowed in a call on the web and desktop version is unclear. On Android and iOS app, the instant messaging platform allows up to eight members during a group video and voice call. 

WABetaInfo reports that downloading the latest beta version of WhatsApp for Android does not guarantee the calling feature on the desktop will be available. 

Currently, WhatsApp web and desktop app only support messages. To use the instant messaging platform on the desktop, a user has to keep the WhatsApp app on the smartphone connected to the same network as the desktop. When the calling feature is introduced on the WhatsApp web and desktop app, users will no longer need to reach their phones to answer incoming calls. 

A wider rollout of the calls feature for WhatsApp Web and Desktop is expected to happen in the coming weeks. 

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