WhatsApp lets you make voice and video calls on Windows and Mac. If you prefer using your computer over your smartphone, we’ll show you how to make voice and video calls using WhatsApp’s desktop apps.
What You Need to Make WhatsApp Calls on Desktop
Even though you’ll be able to make WhatsApp calls on desktop, there are some limitations that you should be aware of. To use desktop calling on WhatsApp for Windows, you should update to Windows 10 64-bit version 1903 or newer versions. Similarly, on Mac, WhatsApp desktop calling is supported on macOS 10.13 High Sierra or newer versions.
You should make sure that both your smartphone and computer have an internet connection and that the latest versions of WhatsApp are installed. Even though WhatsApp has dedicated desktop apps, they still need your phone to be connected to the internet and in close proximity to your computer.
To use both voice and video calls, you should check that you have a camera, a microphone, and speakers. Most laptops ship with a webcam, a built-in microphone, and a pair of speakers. However, if you have a desktop, you might not have one or two of these devices.
Finally, you should check that WhatsApp has access to your computer’s camera and microphone. On Mac, click the Apple logo at the top left of the screen and select “System Preferences.”
In macOS System Preferences, click “Security & Privacy.”
When you’ve opened Security & Privacy settings on your Mac, click “Camera,” and make sure that you’ve checked the box next to “WhatsApp.”
You can then click “Microphone” in Security & Privacy settings on macOS and ensure that the box next to “WhatsApp” is checked.
On Windows 10, go to Settings > Privacy > Microphone. Check that the switch next to “WhatsApp” is set to “On.” If it isn’t, just click the switch once to allow WhatsApp access to your microphone.
To give WhatsApp for Windows 10 access to your camera, go to Settings > Privacy > Camera. Click the switch next to “WhatsApp” to make sure that it’s “On.”
Finally, you should know that WhatsApp doesn’t support group calling or virtual audio and video devices on desktop.
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