WhatsApp Web and Desktop beta gets Voice and Video Calls feature


Facebook-owned Whatsapp finally starts rolling out Voice and Video calls feature in Whatsapp web and desktop beta apps. Although Whatsapp mobile apps on Android and iOS already have Voice and Video call feature since 2015 and 2016 respectively. Since then its popularity increased and now earlier this year Whatsapp reaches the 2 billion users mark. Whatsapp is a leader in the instant messaging apps with a 44% market share and on the second spot its Facebook Messenger with 35%.

Voice and Video call icons
Whatsapp Web/desktop Voice and Video call icons

Talking about the new Voice and Video calls feature that was first reported by WABetaInfo in Whatsapp web and desktop beta apps. To use this feature still you should first connect your smartphone to the Whatsapp web or Whatsapp desktop app. Earlier there were some reports which claim that the company is thinking of a standalone app for desktop. But still, there is no Whatsapp standalone app for desktop.

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Whatsapp Web/desktop

To make a voice or video call from the Whatsapp web or Whatsapp desktop app, you have to open a contact name to which you want to call. Then you will see video and voice icons placed on the top-right corner of the window next to the search icon. To make a call you just have to click either on the video call icon or voice call icon. After that, you will see a window with the contact’s name and photo along with four buttons i.e. turn ON/OFF video, a mute button, a menu button, and a button hang up.

Whatsapp Web/desktop Voice and Video call icons

If you’re receiving a call then a window will pop-up that shows the contact’s profile photo. Along with the photo, there are two buttons one to accept the call and another to reject the call. As there is no official announcement about the feature that’s why we do not have the full details about it. Although some users might be curious about whether they can use third-party microphones and cameras during the call.

The voice and video calls feature is currently rolling out to a limited number of users. If you’re lucky enough to get this feature, then do tell us your experiences via comments below.

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1 Comment

  1. Maik Sommer
    April 20, 2021

    Whatsapp desktop voice and video calling is good. But it is restricted to only one person video calling. For group video calling and conferences, one needs to use apps like Zoom, R-HUB HD video conferencing servers, Webex etc. These are easy to use and work well.