Users will soon be able to make calls with WhatsApp Web, here is how it will work

The messaging giant WhatsApp is testing WhatsApp voice and video calls that can be made directly from the desktop. If this feature, which is in the works, materializes soon enough, it will face Zoom and Google Duo, given its popularity among 1.5 billion active users around the world.

WhatsApp development tracker WaBetainfo found that the platform was testing a call feature for the desktop version of WhatsApp. The functionality being tested on version 2.2034.7 will allow users to receive and make WhatsApp calls directly from the desktop.

According to a report from 9to5 Google, the new results state that users will be able to answer calls with a pop-up window showing caller details and contact information along with the type of incoming call. Users will be able to accept or decline calls as they do on mobile devices. When users are engaged in an active WhatsApp Web call, they will see a floating window showing the current connection status with an end call button and extra options such as mute the microphone.

However, it is not clear when these features will be made available in the stable version, but the prospect of receiving and making voice or video calls from laptops, desktops or tablets could be part of the multi-device support that is likely to be implemented soon. The much discussed and speculated multi-device function will allow users to work with the same WhatsApp account on 4 different devices at the same time.

Also, no internet connection will be required on the main phone, WaBetainFo noted in its previous reports. So users will be able to access WhatsApp Desktop even when their phone is turned off, for example, or other devices. “WhatsApp is also planning a new modern user interface for the desktop client, which shows how chat history is migrated from your device and that the process is end-to-end encrypted,” notes the report.

WhatsApp is also rumored to be working on expiring media or self-destructing messages. Additionally, the messaging app is working on a feature that will allow users to report bugs directly from the messaging app. All of the above features are available in beta and are expected to be rolled out soon.

WhatsApp is testing voice and video calls for desktop in beta. The results state that users will be able to answer calls with a pop-up window showing caller details.

News Underline:

  • WhatsApp is testing voice and video calls in version 2.2034.7 which will allow users to receive and make WhatsApp calls directly from the desktop.
  • WhatsApp users will be able to accept or decline calls as they do on mobile devices with a pop-up window showing caller details and contact information.
  • WhatsApp users will also see a floating window showing the current connection status with an end call button and extra options such as mute the microphone.