WhatsApp is expected soon to roll out voice and video calls for desktop users. This will enable WhatsApp web users to call directly through the app without using their phones. Users can use the facility of voice and video calls, along with messaging services on their smartphones. According to a report by WABetainfo, the Facebook-owned messaging service app has started to roll out the call feature to a select WhatsApp beta tester. Some WhatsApp Web users have reported that they have started seeing voice and video call button on the chat header.
When a WhatsApp Web user receives a voice call on the desktop, a separate window will appear where he/ she can accept or decline the incoming call. Some users have also said that they have been noticing the calls button in the chat header on the WhatsApp desktop.
The option to make audio and video calls are seen beside the search button at the top of the chat window. A report by Android Police said that it appears in a smaller window when the user is getting any call. The UI is similar to basic controls for the ongoing calls.
The report added that downloading the latest beta version of WhatsApp for Android does not guarantee that the calling feature on the desktop will be available. The company is gradually rolling out the feature and is prioritizing WhatsApp desktop over its website.
In October, there was a reference of WhatsApp’s web version likely to support voice and video calls. The beta update of the app that takes the update version 2.2043.7 showed calling icons on the WhatsApp interface.
The WhatsApp video calling feature on mobile phones works when there is an internet connection on your device. There is no limit on the number of calls that a user can make in a day or restriction on the call duration.
The mobile version has a voice or video call icon on the top right corner of any WhatsApp chat. At present, users can connect with up to 8 participants for group voice or video calls.