WhatsApp introduces voice/video calls on desktop app

WhatsApp has announced that it has made private and secure one-to-one voice and video calls available for its desktop app.

The feature starts with one-to-one calls on the WhatsApp desktop app for users to experience reliable and high-quality audio and video calls. This feature will expand to group voice and video calls in the near future.

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 — WhatsApp Blog.

WhatsApp desktop calls will not be interrupted even if the phone loses internet connection or is taken away from the desktop.

Answering on a bigger screen makes it easier to work with colleagues, see your family more clearly on a bigger canvas, or free up your hands to move around a room while talking. To make desktop calling more useful, it has been made sure it works seamlessly 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 users never lose video chats in a browser tab or stack of open windows.

It must be mentioned here that voice and video calls on WhatsApp Desktop are end-to-end encrypted. In order to use the new video calling feature, users need to install the WhatsApp desktop app on Mac or PC. One must be a WhatsApp user on mobile to use this service and would also need to scan a QR code to log in and use the desktop WhatsApp service.