Even though the selection of Wear OS 3 smartwatches is still fairly small, if you have a wearable that is compatible, you can now receive WhatsApp audio calls on your wrist.
We have been able to make voice calls on the freshly announced Galaxy Watch 5 since updating WhatsApp beta to version 22.214.171.124 . Although it looks to be a native call, it appears that this is not just a problem with the most recent Galaxy Watch cohort. According to reports on Wear OS subreddit , certain Galaxy Watch 4 owners can make and receive voice calls on WhatsApp on their wrists as well, but only with WhatsApp beta version 126.96.36.199.
However, in their situation, it appears that a WhatsApp logo under the contact information makes this distinct from a regular audio call. The One UI theming of this symbol suggests that it might only be compatible with a Samsung Galaxy handset.
In our situation, this was not noticeable when coupled with the Pixel 6. This may not have been seen earlier because Calls appeared to be a totally native option without any differentiation or distinguishing mark to indicate that it was from WhatsApp.
In the past, a workaround allowed you to accept WhatsApp voice calls on your linked device rather than a Wear OS watch with the ability to answer calls on your phone. With the most recent version, you can leave your smartphone behind as long as you’re paired and within range. This is especially helpful because there isn’t an official WhatsApp client for Wear OS.
This option is available by default without any settings to toggle should you be enrolled in the beta program . Right now, none of the Wear OS watches allow you to initiate WhatsApp voice calls; you can only accept them. Therefore, it is a pleasant but one-way option—at least for the time being.
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