WhatsApp users might soon be able to make voice calls and video calls from its desktop app. WhatsApp could soon roll out support for making voice and video calls from its desktop app. WhatsApp has web and desktop apps but these versions lack some key features available on the mobile app.
The Guardian’s Alex Hern has speculated that the Facebook-owned messaging app could be testing this feature for WhatsApp Web and desktop app and it may soon be available for all users.
WhatsApp is testing video and voice calls on its desktop app, I can confirm, through my incredible journalistic technique of “being put in the testing bucket” pic.twitter.com/vWh3zCvDMQ
— alex hern (@alexhern) December 4, 2020
As per the image that Hern tweeted, we can see the video and audio call icons on the top bar of the WhatsApp desktop app beta interface. In the current version, it only shows ‘search’, ‘attach’ and ‘more options’ drop-down icon. These icons have ‘Beta’ written on top of them, which suggests that these features are in the testing phase.
In the current versions of the desktop app and WhatsApp web, users do not get an option to make or receive calls. This means the audio and video calling feature is only available on the mobile version of the app.
It is also being reported that WhatsApp users will have to accept new terms and conditions for the messaging service in February 2021 else risk losing their WhatsApp account. There is no clarity on when these calling buttons will go live for all desktop users, but currently, it is still in its testing phase.