WhatsApp: how to make an audio or video call from your PC?

Many users seem to have missed the news, but since the beginning of March it has been possible to call loved ones by audio or video on WhatsApp using a computer.

These features, which were until now reserved only for mobile applications, are now available in the dedicated application on Windows and macOS.

To enjoy it, you need to download and install the app on your computer, then connect the WhatsApp account configured on your smartphone with the desktop app. Please note, audio and video calls are only accessible from the dedicated application, the Web version of WhatsApp is always restricted to text messages only.

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1. Download and install WhatsApp

Start by downloading and installing the WhatsApp application for your Windows PC or Mac. The application is obviously free, and will allow you to synchronize with your machine, all the conversations stored on your smartphone. You will also be able to enjoy audio and video calls on your computer’s large screen (equipped with a webcam) as you usually do on your smartphone.

Download 32-bit WhatsApp for Windows (Free)
Download WhatsApp 64-bit for Windows (Free)
Download WhatsApp for macOS (Free)

2. Connect your WhatsApp account

Open the WhatsApp application on your computer. The window that opens displays a QR Code that you must scan from the WhatsApp application installed on your smartphone.

Open WhatsApp on your smartphone, enter the Settings, and go to the menu WhatsApp Web / Desktop. Then press Connect a device and scan the QR Code displayed on the WhatsApp application installed on your computer.

The connection between the WhatsApp application on your smartphone and the WhatsApp application on your computer is now established. You should find all the conversations stored on your smartphone on your machine.

3. Start an audio or video call from your computer

Enter one of your existing conversations, or start a new conversation by clicking on the appropriate button then choosing your correspondent.

In the chat window, click on the button appearing a camera to initiate a video call, or on the button appearing a telephone to call simply in audio. The call is launched automatically in a remote window. You can end it by clicking on the hang up button as you usually do on your smartphone.

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