WhatsApp on PC now allows video and audio calls. After having reserved calls for a long time for the mobile version, the instant messaging application is rolling out this new functionality to users of the desktop version. Initially, the option will be offered to a limited handful of users.
For several months, it has been rumored that WhatsApp is preparing to allow users of the web version to make audio and video calls. Moreover, several clues that appeared in the beta version confirmed the arrival of the feature, eagerly awaited by Internet users.
According to the WABetaInfo site, specializing in upcoming WhatsApp news, WhatsApp has finally launched deployment of calls in the stable and final version of the desktop / web version. Several users who are not part of the beta program have seen the icons appear to make a call on WhatsApp on desktop.
WhatsApp rolls out update to add video and audio calls
Concretely, an update on the server side adds two new icons to the WhatsApp application : a camera icon and a phone icon. To start a video or audio call, of course you just have to click on the corresponding icon. You can then contact a WhatsApp user on a smartphone or a computer. If you receive a call, a pop-up window will appear on the screen. To pick up, all you have to do is click on “Accept” or “Decline”.
“WhatsApp has been working for about two years on setting up calls on WhatsApp Web / Desktop” advance WABetaInfo. Note that video and audio calls are still offered in beta version. A beta icon remains visible. WhatsApp is visibly testing this new feature with a limited portion of users.
Based on the feedback, WhatsApp will roll out calls to large scale secondly. As specified, this is an update from WhatsApp servers. So there is nothing you can do to speed up the arrival of calls to your computer. We will nevertheless advise you to keep your application up to date if you have opted for the WhatsApp version on macOS or Windows.