BrandArena: WhatsApp Rolls Out Voice and Video Calls via Desktop App

Thursday 4 March 2021

WhatsApp Rolls Out Voice and Video Calls via Desktop App

After much anticipation, popular messaging app WhatsApp has officially rolled out voice and video call support for its desktop app on Thursday, March 4, 2021. For now, the new feature will be limited to one-to-one calls initially but the Facebook-owned messaging app will expand it down the line to include group calls.

In a tweet today, WhatsApp announced end-to-end encrypted voice and video calls for its desktop app version and also shared a link to download the app on your computer.

"Sometimes you just need a little more space. Secure and reliable, end-to-end encrypted voice and video calls are now available on our desktop app," the Facebook-owned messaging app tweeted.

The Desktop calls in terms of display work in both portrait and landscape orientation, it will also appear in a resizable standalone window on your screen and are set to always be on top so they won’t vanish under your mountain of open windows.

All WhatsApp calls are end-to-end encrypted (as are any messages you send), so the company can’t hear or see them, it noted in its blog post.

The Desktop calling is supported on Windows 10 64-bit version 1903 and newer macOS 10.13 and newer

To make or receive calls on WhatsApp Desktop, you’ll need:
  • An audio output device and microphone for voice and video calls.
  • A camera for video calls.
  • An active internet connection on your computer and phone. The call won’t go through your phone, but it needs to be online to establish the call.
  • To grant WhatsApp permission to access your computer’s microphone and camera. WhatsApp needs access to your computer’s microphone for calls and a camera for video calls.

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