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WhatsApp finally rolls out voice, video calling feature for desktop

After months of speculations and leaks, WhatsApp has officially rolled out the voice and video calling feature on the web version of its app.

twitter-logoAnkita Chakravarti | March 4, 2021 | Updated 14:30 IST

Highlights

  • WhatsApp has officially rolled out the voice and video calling feature on the web version of its app.
  • The feature was only limited to the mobile version earlier but now users can make video calls on WhatsApp through their laptops and computers
  • In order to make calls through WhatsApp from your laptop, you will have to download the app on your phone.

After months of speculations and leaks, WhatsApp has officially rolled out the voice and video calling feature on the web version of its app. The feature was only limited to the mobile version earlier but now users can make video calls on WhatsApp through their laptops and computers. All you need is a web camera and microphone to communicate.

Announcing the feature on Twitter, WhatsApp said in a statement, " We're excited to announce that private and secure one-to-one voice and video calls are now available on WhatsApp's desktop app. Throughout the last year, we've seen significant increases in people calling one another on WhatsApp, often for long conversations. Last New Year's Eve, we broke the record for the most calls ever made in a single day with 1.4 billion voice and video calls. With so many people still apart from their loved ones, and adjusting to new ways of working, we want conversations on WhatsApp to feel as close to in-person as possible, regardless of where you are in the world or the tech, you're using.

About the safety and privacy bit, WhatsApp has ensured that just like the chats, the video and voice call on the desktop version of the app are end-to-end encrypted. WhatsApp can neither hear nor see them. The same rule applies whether you make the call from the desktop or the mobile app. It is important to note that the feature has not been rolled out on the web. This means that the website still doesn't have the voice and video calling feature. In order to make calls through WhatsApp from your laptop, you will have to download the app on your phone. Only then you can use the app for making video and voice calls.

To provide a smooth calling experience on the WhatsApp desktop app, the Facebook-owned messaging app has made sure that it works perfectly well 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.

WhatsApp desktop does not have support for group video calls as of now. So you can only make one-on-one calls from the desktop. Here are some of the things you would require for making voice and video calls

You would need a webcam if you are using WhatsApp on your personal computer.

A microphone for voice and video calls.

An active internet connection on your computer and phone.

In order to begin calling on the WhatsApp desktop, you will first have to give access o your computer's microphone for calls and camera for video calls.

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