Facebook-owned WhatsApp on Thursday announced that they are introducing a desktop voice, video, and audio calling feature through its desktop app for one-on-one conversations with your contacts. One of the most requested features that users have demanded over the years can be availed by downloading the WhatsApp desktop application. But, this calling feature is currently not available on WhatsApp Web. 

The newly added feature at the moment allows one-on-one audio and video calls. The company highlighted that the voice and video calls are end-to-end encrypted so the company cannot hear or see them, irrespective of which device the call is being made. 

The company observed that there was a meaningful increase in the number of video calls. The company stated on New Year’s Eve it broke a record for most calls ever made a single day with 1.4 billion voice and video calls. “With so many people still apart from their loved ones, and adjusting to new ways of working, we want 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,” the company noted. 

WhatsApp said to make video and audio calling over desktops/laptops easier, it will offer both portrait and landscape orientation, the resizable standalone window for the computer screen, and will be on the screen.

WhatsApp which has over a billion active users across the world and around 530 million in India itself was mired up in controversy related to its privacy policy, compelling thousands of users to flock to Signal and Telegram. 

The company in its recent blog said that it will be going ahead with its much-debated privacy policy update. The company said it will allow its users to read about the update “at their own pace”. Whatsapp will also add a new banner feature for its users to get additional information about the update.

WhatsApp voice, video calling on the desktop app: Adaptability

The new voice and video calling feature on the WhatsApp desktop app will be compatible with devices running Windows 10 64-bit version 1903 and newer, and macOS 10.13 and newer.WhatsApp voice, video calling on the desktop app: RequirementTo 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.