WhatsApp has announced that it has officially rolled out voice and video calling for its desktop-based app on Windows PC and Mac.
According to the giant messaging platform, the move is aimed at improving 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. Last New Year’s Eve, Whatsapp broke the record for the most calls ever made in a single day with 1.4 billion voice and video calls.
Voice and video calls on WhatsApp are end-to-end encrypted, so WhatsApp can’t hear or see them, whether you call from your phone or your computer. Whatsapp says it is starting with one-to-one calls on the WhatsApp desktop app so we make sure we can give you a reliable and high-quality experience and will be expanding this feature to include group voice and video calls in the future.
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, we 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 you never lose your video chats in a browser tab or stack of open windows.– Whatsapp Statement
How it works
- Desktop calling on WhatsApp will at first only support one-to-one calls, with group calls to be added in the future.
- Users can click on the Phone or Video icons next to an individual contact’s name to place a call.
- The call will appear in a resizable standalone window on the screen and is set to be always on top so users don’t lose their chats in a browser tab or stack of open windows.
- WhatsApp further claimed that the feature works seamlessly for both portrait and landscape orientation.
- Just like on mobile, voice and video calls on WhatsApp are end-to-end encrypted, so WhatsApp can’t hear or see them, the company said.
- Desktop calling is supported on the 64-bit version of Windows 10 1903 and later, as well as macOS 10.13 and newer.