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WhatsApp update brings voice calls to your Windows 10 PC and Mac

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WhatsApp might be famed for its messaging service but its call feature has also boomed in popularity in recent years. The Facebook-owned firm launched the ability to make a voice call back in 2015 with Android and iOS-powered smartphones the first to get this feature.

Since then, users across the world have made millions of calls with WhatsApp recently breaking its own record with more than 1.4 billion voice and video calls made on New Year’s Eve 2020, the most ever in a single day.

Now it seems this feature is about to get even more useful with WhatsApp confirming that it’s bringing voice and video calls to its desktop app. That means Windows 10 and Apple Mac users can now phone a friend for free anywhere in the world without needing to reach for their smartphone.

WhatsApp says to make desktop calling more useful, it has made sure it works seamlessly for both portrait and landscape orientation, appears in a resizable standalone window on your computer screen, and is set to be always on top so you never lose your video chats in a browser tab or stack of open windows.

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In a post on its blog, WhatsApp said: “Throughout the last year we’ve seen significant increases in people calling one another on WhatsApp, often for long conversations.

“Last New Year’s Eve, we broke the record for the most calls ever made in a single day with 1.4 billion voice and video calls. With so many people still apart from their loved ones, and adjusting to new ways of working, we want conversations on WhatsApp to feel as close to in-person as possible, regardless of where you are in the world or the tech you’re using.

“We hope people enjoy private and secure desktop calling with their friends and families.”

Here’s what you need to make desktop calls on WhatsApp

• A PC with Windows 10 64-bit version 1903 and newer

• A Mac with macOS 10.13 and newer

• An audio output device and microphone for voice and video calls.

• A camera for video calls.

• An active internet connection on your computer and phone. The call won’t go through your phone, but it needs to be online to establish the call.

NOTE: To grant WhatsApp permission to access your computer’s microphone and camera. WhatsApp needs access to your computer’s microphone for calls and camera for video calls.



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