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WhatsApp Desktop gets voice and video calling feature: here’s how to use it

On: March 4, 2021

WhatsApp has finally brought its one-to-one voice and video calls to desktop. WhatsApp users will now be able to make and receive both voice and video calls from their PCs. This has been one of the most requested features from WhatsApp users. Now, the Facebook-owned social messaging platform is finally delivering the feature to millions of users who use WhatsApp Web on their desktop computer.

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The feature comes just weeks after WhatsApp Web gained support for security features such as face and fingerprint unlock when linking devices. After improving security, WhatsApp is bringing secure calling experience to the desktop service. WhatsApp does not have a standalone desktop client just yet but the linked devices feature still comes handy on the big canvas.

How to make voice and video calls on WhatsApp Desktop

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WhatsApp Desktop now supports voice and video calling

Now, apart from sending messages to your friends and acquaintances, you will also be able to call them using the desktop client. WhatsApp says it enabled 1.4 billion voice and video calls on New Year’s Eve.

While WhatsApp has seen an increase in usage of voice and video calls, it has been restricted to the mobile app for now. With today’s announcement, WhatsApp is making a big tweak to let users make or receive voice and videos calls from the desktop. At the time of writing this article, we could not test the feature for ourselves. But in order to use calling on WhatsApp Web, you will need to download and install the WhatsApp Web client on Windows or Mac.

You will also need to ensure that your desktop is running Windows 10 64-bit version 1903 and newer or macOS 10.13 and newer. Once you have linked your WhatsApp account to the desktop client, click on any chat or start a new chat. You will see a video as well as a call icon next to the name of your contact. Before the release of this feature, you would have seen only search and three dots next to a contact.

There is also a vertical line separating these calling functions from existing search functions within the chat. WhatsApp says that your voice as well as video calls from desktop are end-to-end encrypted. It also works seamlessly in both portrait as well as landscape mode. You will need to grant access to microphone as well as camera to get the best experience. Here is a look at key requirements for desktop calling and how to make or receive voice and video calls.

WhatsApp Desktop: how to make a video call

  1. Open an individual chat with the contact you would like to call.
  2. Now, click on the video call icon.WhatsApp
  3. Click on the End button to end the call.

During the call, you will have an option to mute or unmute your microphone by clicking on the microphone icon. You will also get option to turn on or off your camera by clicking on the camera icon.

WhatsApp Desktop: how to make a voice call

  1. Open an individual chat with the contact you would like to call.
  2. Now, click on the voice call icon.
  3. Click on the End button to end the call.

How to answer a voice or video call on WhatsApp Desktop

When you receive a call from your contact, you will see three different options: Accept, Decline and Ignore. Click on accept to take the call, decline if you are not able to accept the call or you can ignore to let it ring or the caller to disconnect at their end.

How to switch between voice and video call on WhatsApp Desktop

While on a voice call, you can request to switch to a video call. The contact you are calling will get the option to click OK or Switch to switch the call or decline. Here are the steps:

  1. Move the cursor of your device to the camera icon.
  2. Click the camera icon.
  3. The voice call will switch to a video call if accepted by your contact.

WhatsApp Desktop calling: key requirements

  1. Active Internet connection
  2. WhatsApp needs access to your computer’s microphone and camera
  3. You’ll need to have an audio output device, microphone, and camera connected to your computer for calls.
  4. If your computer does not have a camera then video calling is not supported
  5. Windows 10 64-bit version 1903 and newer or macOS 10.13 and newer
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