WhatsApp for desktop has made it easy to continue the conversation even when you’re away from your phone, or maybe you just prefer the typing experience of a full-sized keyboard (who doesn’t?). But you still have to go back to your mobile device to make a video or voice call. Well, not anymore. WhatsApp is rolling out the ability to make and receive calls directly on the desktop screen, starting with those on the beta version of the app.
Options to make audio and video calls have started appearing for some beta users, next to the search button at the top of the chat window, both with the beta tag, as shown in the included images. Meanwhile, incoming calls are displayed in a separate smaller window, from which you can choose or reject the call. A similar user interface appears with some basic controls for ongoing calls as well (shown below).
Left: Incoming call, Right: Call in progress
Unfortunately, downloading the latest beta version of WhatsApp for Android does not guarantee that the calling feature will appear on the web or desktop app. None of us here in AP have these options yet; WhatsApp is apparently on a gradual rollout and is prioritizing the desktop app on its website. You can still try your luck by downloading the latest WhatsApp beta from APK Mirror and check it out for yourself.