WhatsApp starts rolling out the voice and video calling feature on the desktop app. WhatsApp says that calling will be available in both portrait and landscape orientation on the desktop app. Calls will appear in a resizable standalone window on your computer screen and are set to be always on top, so you never lose your video chats in a browser tab or stack of open windows. WhatsApp also confirms that, similar to the mobile app, voice and video calls on the desktop app will also be end-to-end encrypted. “WhatsApp can’t hear or see them, whether you call from your phone or your computer.”
WhatsApp is beginning the rollout with one-to-one calls and will eventually be expanding the feature to include group voice and video calls.
WhatsApp voice, video calling on the desktop app: Compatibility
The new voice and video calling feature on the WhatsApp desktop app will be compatible with Windows 10 64-bit version 1903 and newer, and macOS 10.13 and newer.
WhatsApp voice, video calling on the desktop app: Requirement
To place a WhatsApp audio or video call via the desktop app, you 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.