How to Make WhatsApp Call for Windows or Mac Desktop

Written by Tanja - Reviewed by Ivana Messaging / Whatsapp

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With over 2 billion active users worldwide, WhatsApp has become one of the biggest instant messaging apps of present times. It is quite easy to make video calls on the WhatsApp iOS/Android mobile app but to do a WhatsApp desktop call can be a little bit tedious. So, if you are looking for an inbuilt solution to make video calls on WhatsApp desktop whether for Mac or Windows, stay tuned.

The Whatsapp web feature can be used to access all of the chats that you have on your phone and your attachments. However, the one thing that has not been added as of yet, is the ability to make video calls. But, don’t get too disappointed because there is another way around.

How to Make WhatsApp Video Calls on Mac or Windows PC

Since we already established that we cannot make WhatsApp video calls on Windows desktop or Mac just like that, we have to learn how to do so. Except, there are two important things to check before you do anything else.

  1. Check whether you have an active internet connection.
  2. Check whether you have a functional microphone and camera.

Once you are settled with a good internet connection and functional microphone and camera you can proceed. To do that, you’ll need a device emulator and in this case, it is the BlueStacks app which you can download both on Windows or Mac and. This app will allow you to run WhatsApp on your desktop in its original version, using your computer microphone and access the calling feature as needed.

These are the steps to do so;

  1. Download the application called BlueStacks (either on Mac or Windows)
  2. Once downloaded, follow the installation steps and click Install Now. If you want, you can customize the installation before you agree to its terms and conditions.
  3. Wait a few minutes as the BlueStacks installer would extract the needed files from its server.
  4. When the installation is finished, you’ll be notified.
  5. Once the setup is complete, launch the BlueStacks desktop application on your Windows or Mac. It may take some time till the app finishes the process.
  6. To proceed, enter your Google account credentials (linked to your device).
  7. Make sure that you enter the same Google login that is linked to your device.
  8. Next, BlueStacks will connect your Google account and will try to retrieve all app-related information.
  9. When the app is launched, go to the search bar (or Play Store) and search for WhatsApp.
  10. Download the WhatsApp desktop app and click on the Install button. Then agree to the terms and conditions.
  11. In a short time, WhatsApp will be installed on your BlueStacks account and displayed on its homepage.
  12. Launch it with its initial setup and enter the same phone number that is linked to your account.

Now you are done with installing and you can open your WhatsApp account on your PC where you’ll see a microphone icon and a camera icon, just like when you are on your phone. In addition, although all your contacts will come together with your WhatsApp account, if you want to add some contacts manually, then you absolutely can. It is as easy and as simple as it would be using your phone.

Here comes the part that you have been waiting for so long. Go to the contact that you want to do a video call with. Then click on that video call button and then WhatsApp will ask you to grant its permissions to your microphone and your webcam.

Actually, these are the same permissions that you would grant on your mobile device. Then as soon as you’ve got that permission, that is it, you are all set.

You are now ready to start making WhatsApp voice and video calls with your contacts or maybe even do group calls. The choice is all yours.

If you have a smartphone with a dual-SIM option, explore how to connect two different phone numbers on a single device in WhatsApp. Also, learn how to lock WhatsApp on iPhone and Android.