Facebook-owned messaging platform WhatsApp on Thursday introduced voice and video calling features to desktop users.
The company said that users will be able to use desktop screens for calls in portrait and landscape mode, and calls will be encrypted end-to-end.
Many users were left wondering and asked the company what would happen to the call if the phone was disconnected from the Internet.
The company announced in a post posted on Twitter: “WhatsApp Desktop will not disconnect your current call if your phone is no longer connected to the Internet, during the call.”
WhatsApp Desktop will not interrupt your current call if your phone is no longer connected to the Internet during the call. 💯
When a multiple device is available in a future update, you can also initiate calls and send messages without an active internet connection on your phone.
– WABetaInfo (WABetaInfo) March 6, 2021
Here’s how to make WhatsApp voice and video calls on the desktop
The latest version of WhatsApp for Windows 10 or Mac.
- Microphone – Either an internal laptop microphone or a microphone connected to your computer.
- Camera (if you plan to use video calls).
- You will also need to log into your WhatsApp account on a smartphone. Desktop calls don’t go through your phone, but you must have one to use this feature.
If you have all the necessary equipment, here’s how to call desktop WhatsApp contacts:
- In the WhatsApp window, select the contact you want to call to open the chat.
- Select Call or Video Call.
- If the other person answers, the call will start.
When users receive a call on the web, a notification will appear, allowing users to accept or reject the call. A different window appears when making a call; It’s smaller in size and has controls to mute and turn off the microphone.
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