How to make voice and video calls with WhatsApp application on desktop and laptop

How to make voice and video calls with WhatsApp application on desktop and laptop


2021-07-09 10:29:48

Perhaps you are too familiar with making voice calls, video calls with the WhatsApp application on your smartphone. This feature is also possible on the WhatsApp application for Windows and macOS platforms, but will require more setup steps.

This article will show you how to make voice and video calls using WhatsApp’s desktop app.

Necessary settings to make WhatsApp calls on computer

Before embarking on making a WhatsApp call on your computer, there are some limitations that you should be aware of.

To use voice and video calling features on WhatsApp for Windows app, you should update your operating system to Windows 10 64-bit version 1903 or later versions. Similarly, on Mac, voice calls and video calls are only supported on macOS 10.13 High Sierra or later versions.

In addition, you should also ensure that both the WhatsApp application on your smartphone and computer has the latest version installed, and that the devices have an internet connection. Although WhatsApp has dedicated desktop applications, to use it, you still need to perform a few necessary identity verification tasks on your phone.

On the hardware side, to use both voice and video calling, you should check that your computer’s camera (webcam), microphone, and speakers are working properly. Most laptops have a webcam, built-in microphone, and built-in speakers. However, if you use a desktop computer, one of these hardware requirements may be missing.

Finally, you should check if WhatsApp has access to the camera and microphone on your computer. On a Mac, click the Apple icon at the top left of the screen and select “System Preferences”.

In System Preferences, click the “Security & Privacy” item.

Click on “Security & Privacy”

On the “Security & Privacy” screen, click “Camera” and make sure you tick the box next to “WhatsApp”.

Check the box next to

Similarly, click on the “Micro” option under Security & Privacy on macOS and make sure you have the check box next to “WhatsApp” checked.

Check the box next to

On Windows 10, you navigate to Settings > Privacy > Microphone. Check that the toggle switch next to the “WhatsApp” option is set to “On”. If not, just click this switch once to allow WhatsApp to access your microphone.

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Now, go to WhatsApp on your smartphone. If it’s an iPhone, open the WhatsApp chat page and tap the “Settings” button in the bottom right corner of the screen.

Click the “Settings” button

On WhatsApp for Android, open the chat page and tap the three dots icon in the top right corner of the screen.

Tap the three dots icon

In the WhatsApp settings on the smartphone, select “WhatsApp Web Desktop”.

On the next screen that appears, tap on “Link A Device”.

Click on “Link A Device”

To complete the linking process, you will have to authenticate using fingerprint unlock or face recognition on your smartphone. Once done, WhatsApp will open the camera on your phone. Point the camera at the QR code on your computer to complete the authentication.

WhatsApp desktop application is now ready to use. Just open any chat in WhatsApp on your computer and click on the phone icon to make a voice call. This icon is located in the top bar of the chat window, next to the camera icon.

Make a voice call

Similarly, to make a video call, you click the camera icon in the top bar of the chat.

Make a video call

When in a voice or video call, you’ll see 4 icons on the screen — camera, microphone, ellipses, and a red end call button. With voice calls, these icons will appear with your contact’s name at the top right of the screen. If you’re on a video call, you’ll see these icons inside the video window.

The camera icon allows you to turn your camera on or off during a video call. If you press this button while on a voice call, you will immediately be switched to a video call.

Switch to video calling

The microphone icon allows you to mute or unmute the microphone.

Mute or unmute the microphone

The three-dot icon will open the settings menu. It allows you to change the camera, microphone and audio output device. For example, you can use this option if you want to use an external microphone instead of your device’s built-in microphone.

Settings menu

To end the call, tap the red hang up icon.

End call

That’s all you need to know about how to make voice and video calls using the WhatsApp desktop app.


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