WhatsApp is finally introducing support for voice and video calling to its desktop app. The Facebook-owned messaging service announced on Thursday and this has provided much-needed relief to people who access the app on their desktop, but then, they have to take the calls from their phone every time, they get a call on the app.
However, even as WhatsApp has rolled this feature out, they have announced that this feature will be for one-to-one calls only but then we can hope that it will be extended to include group voice and video calls “in the future.”
As of now, video calls work perfectly for both portrait and landscape orientation, and the desktop client is “set to be always on top so you never lose your video chats in a browser tab or stack of open windows,” the firm said. They also began testing this feature with a small group of users on desktop late last year.
The new feature will come in handy for people who do use WhatsApp’s desktop client in a daily basis and now, they use Zoom or Google Meet for one-to-one video calls on desktop partly because they are far more convenient.
WhatsApp is used by more than 2 billion people all across the globe. It has said that they logged more than 1.4 billion calls on New Year’s Eve — the day usage tends to peak on the Facebook-owned platform.
It needs to be mentioned here that the existing video calling feature, the new desktop calling promises the same end-to-end encryption — which means that WhatsApp and Facebook can’t see or hear your calls.
In order to use this new video calling feature, all you have to do is to is to be a WhatsApp user on mobile. Once you’ve installed the app on your computer, users will then be able to scan a QR code to log in on the desktop app, following which they will be able to use desktop version of WhatsApp with their usual account.