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How to Make Audio and Video Calls with WhatsApp Web

The popular voice and video calling feature of WhatsApp has now been released in WhatsApp Web, the desktop version of the application. In addition to individual calls, the tool, as in the original app, is also available for group calls. In this article, you can learn how easy it is to make a call or video conferences in the instant messaging app web version.




Note: the screenshots that illustrate this article have been taken from WhatsApp Beta Info, one of the main references about what's new in the application. The calling service in WhatsApp Web is being gradually released to users and should be available to everyone in a few weeks.

How to Make Calls in WhatsApp Web

Just like conventional messaging in WhatsApp Web, making voice and video calls requires only that your smartphone is connected to the Internet, via Wi-Fi and mobile data. There is no need to perform any kind of manipulation with your phone when making or receiving calls on the web.

How to Call Over WhatsApp Web

Access WhatsApp Web and open the conversation with the contact you want to call. In the top bar of the interface, next to the contact's name, click on the microphone icon or the camera icon to start a voice or video call, respectively:



A small window will appear indicating the status of the conversation and offering buttons to cancel the audio or stop the call:


In video conferences, a button to remove the video will also appear. Of course, you need to have a webcam installed on your computer in order to properly participate in video calls.

How to Receive Calls in WhatsApp Web

When you receive an audio or video call, a window will appear on the WhatsApp Web screen with the name and photo of the contact. Click Accept to answer the call or Decline to decline the call. There is also the Ignore option where the window disappears and the sound is muted, but the call continues.



Photo: Dylan Ferreira - Unsplash.
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