WhatsApp finally lets you do it Voice and video calls to and from the desktop app. The feature works on Windows 10 version 1903 and later, as well as MacOS 10.13 and later, and allows you to call all of your contacts while they are online and using a compatible smartphone, tablet, or computer.

Just like on mobile devices, all WhatsApp voice and video on the desktop is encrypted end-to-end, and the general user interface is familiar to anyone using the smartphone app. There are a few key differences between mobile and desktop calling, however.

For example, the call window always stays at the top of your desktop, so you don’t lose track of your other open apps, folders or browser tabs. The window can also be resized and moved. Depending on the current dimensions of the window, it is automatically reformatted to landscape or portrait mode.

The other difference is less helpful: In contrast to the mobile appThe WhatsApp desktop client only supports one-on-one calls. WhatsApp plans to add group voice and video calls to the desktop app in the future. However, you cannot currently make or join group calls from your PC. Fortunately there is multiple PC and Mac apps This support group will call if you need an alternative.

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To make or participate in WhatsApp calls on desktop, you will need:

  • A PC with Windows 10 version 1903 (or newer) or MacOS 10.13 (or newer).
  • The latest version of WhatsApp for Windows 10 or Mac.
  • A microphone – either your laptop’s internal microphone or one that’s plugged into your computer.
  • A camera (if you want to use video calling).
  • You must also be logged into your WhatsApp account on a smartphone. Desktop calls are not handled by your phone, but you must have a call to use the feature.

If you have all the necessary devices, here’s how you can call your WhatsApp contacts on the desktop:

  1. In the WhatsApp window, select the contact you want to call to open the chat.
  2. Choose Call or Video call.
  3. When the other person picks up, the call begins.

Incoming call controls are the same as on mobile devices: click the microphone to mute or unmute it. The camera icon turns your video on / off. The red button ends the call. You can also switch to video chat while on a call by clicking the camera icon during a voice call. The other person is asked to accept or cancel the request. If they answer, the call will be switched to video.

The feature should be easy to use, but you can consult it WhatsApps Troubleshooting Guide for Desktop Calls when you run into problems.