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Author Topic: Whatsapp Desktop: can it do videocalls?  (Read 1401 times)

kalos

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Whatsapp Desktop: can it do videocalls?
« on: January 05, 2018, 01:38 PM »
Hello!

I installed desktop Whatsapp (fed up with horrible Skype) but I cannot figure out how to make calls/videocalls?

Any idea?

thanks!

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Re: Whatsapp Desktop: can it do videocalls?
« Reply #1 on: January 05, 2018, 01:39 PM »
The mobile phone version definitely can.

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Re: Whatsapp Desktop: can it do videocalls?
« Reply #2 on: January 06, 2018, 02:16 PM »
Yes I know, but the desktop one?

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Re: Whatsapp Desktop: can it do videocalls?
« Reply #3 on: January 06, 2018, 05:14 PM »
Try it and you tell us.

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Re: Whatsapp Desktop: can it do videocalls?
« Reply #4 on: January 06, 2018, 06:02 PM »
Disclaimer: I DO NOT use Whatsapp, Facebook, Messenger, etc.

However, I did some research for you and, as best as I can find, there currently is no video/calling capability in the Whatsapp desktop client.  That is, the desktop client can only do text-based messaging. 

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Re: Whatsapp Desktop: can it do videocalls?
« Reply #5 on: January 07, 2018, 02:38 AM »
Try it and you tell us.
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"Nullius in verba/verbo." Motto of the Royal Society, London, UK. Literally, "Take nobody's word for it; see for yourself".
This motto indicates that currently, legitimate science seems to be based on the rejection of trust.

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Re: Whatsapp Desktop: can it do videocalls?
« Reply #6 on: January 07, 2018, 03:51 AM »
Try it and you tell us.

OP said he tried but couldn't figure out how.  I think he was wanting to know if he was missing something.

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Re: Whatsapp Desktop: can it do videocalls?
« Reply #7 on: January 07, 2018, 05:01 AM »
there currently is no video/calling capability in the Whatsapp desktop client.
And ditto for the web client.

Best alternative: Install Android in an emulator and run WhatsApp from there, as suggested in this 'Quora' post

As an alternative to WA, you could try Signal, it too has a web client, but I'm not sure if it supports their Video calls yet.

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Re: Whatsapp Desktop: can it do videocalls?
« Reply #8 on: January 07, 2018, 05:49 AM »
As an alternative to WA, you could try Signal, it too has a web client, but I'm not sure if it supports their Video calls yet.

Neither the Signal Desktop client nor the web app do video or voice calls, the Android app does though, (and probably the iPhone app).

However, Viber can do video calls from the phone apps and the desktop app.

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Re: Whatsapp Desktop: can it do videocalls?
« Reply #9 on: January 07, 2018, 06:22 AM »
LINE also has full chat and video functionality from:
  • The Android app.
  • The Windows Phone app.
  • The PC-based app (does not require an emulator to be installed first).

Not sure whether this is of any use/help though.

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Re: Whatsapp Desktop: can it do videocalls?
« Reply #10 on: January 08, 2018, 12:59 AM »
Another option is Telegram which can do voice calls, but not video.

Or Discord, which supports voice, video, and even screen sharing.