I like to know is there any WhatsApp application for desktop or browser extension with video call ability in Ubuntu, i have tried this app and web base of WhatsApp that don't have call futures:

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  • Have you tried downloading whatsdesk from the Ubuntu Software Center?
    – graham
    May 19, 2020 at 6:43
  • yes, But i think those are web based and the problem it form that! May 19, 2020 at 6:44
  • I don't use WhatsApp, but I have a feeling that this is something only WhatsApp can fix. They have support the platform first.
    – pomsky
    May 19, 2020 at 8:02
  • There's another option that I don't see mentioned here, but I don't have time to write in detail (maybe someone else can do it?): run a virtual Android machine and install Whatsapp for Android there.
    – Zatrapilla
    Oct 28, 2022 at 20:32

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The calls features are only available in WhatsApp native Desktop app 64-bit(Which the official website show that only Mac and window native app for desktop are available ), not in WhatsApp Web,and unfortunately they haven't developed the native app for Linux. The one which we are installing and using from Ubuntu-Software is Web version. That's why the call feature is not available in that.

As you can see in the screenshot it is written that this is Web version

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Same is written in the when we go to web.whatsapp.com.

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WhatsApp desktop version does not support audio and video calls. As a good alternative you can use Skype. Here is how to install Skype in Ubuntu.

If you are really interested in using WhatsApp, then the solution is to install an Android emulator such as Genymotion and within that emulator install and use WhatsApp. This will enable the video and audio calling features.

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    Notice that if you install WhatsApp on an emulator, you will be logged out from your phone.
    – desgua
    May 2, 2021 at 17:45

Use Signal or Telegram instead of WhatsApp. https://signal.org/de/download/ https://desktop.telegram.org/

Many people are using it parallel or now as main-App for mobile communication.

Signal is made with the help of the original WhatsApp-Developer and it is much better. You have better voice quality if you call someone, you have Video-call integrated in the desktop-App and everything what you have with the phone-App. You can send pictures with original quality, they will not be converted down if you do not want it.

The disadvantages are:

  • If you switch your phone, the old messages will not be copied to the new phone. It have something to do with security. I do not know how this backup-function works. You can make a backup of your message-data, but don't know how to put it in my new phone.

Telegram works very well too, there are more options as in Signal and it is a bit more easy to handle.

  • You can also add information about Telegram. And here is the information for ARM Feb 21, 2022 at 3:57
  • I have tested it now for a while and it is very useful and easy to use.
    – MikroPower
    Aug 17, 2022 at 13:13
  • It's like an answer copied from ChatGPT Jul 29, 2023 at 2:59
  • @RikudoPain - No, I wrote this and I am using all these apps. Why do you think this?
    – MikroPower
    Jul 30, 2023 at 8:29
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    @MikroPower Yes, read the question, he did not ask for alternatives, if it's not possible then it's not, you never mention it's not possible instead ask to use other apps. Some people are tied to using some tech and can't just replace it with other tech as they like. And yes, answering with "no, doesn't work" looks like a stupid answer, but it's more helpful than giving another alternative (check how much people mark your answer as helpful compared to someone that truthfully answers that it can't be done) Aug 3, 2023 at 3:58

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