WhatsApp launched the ability to call on its Mac app version last week. For those who rely on WhatsApp to communicate with their families, co-workers and friends, it’s easier than ever to do so. Here’s how to call the service with a Mac.
Before anything, make sure to do these three things:
- You must have the latest WhatsApp version on your Mac
- Your Mac MAC OS 10.13 will be running High Sierra or new
- Calls will require you to connect the audio output device, microphone, and camera to your Mac. Video calling is not supported on devices without cameras
WhatsApp recommends headsets for the best audio quality. You can use AirPods or any other headset at home.
Making a HD video or audio call
- Open an individual chat with the contact you want to call
- Click the HD video call icon at the right top corner of the screen.
During a call, you can mute or unmot your microphone by clicking on the microphone icon or turn your camera off or turn on by clicking on the camera icon. To end the call, click the “End” call.
Change between voice and video calls
While on a voice call with a contact, you can request to switch to a video call. The contact you’re making voice calling can choose to click “OK” or “Switch” to change the call or choose to reject “Cancel.”
- Hover over the camera icon during a call
- Click on camera icon
- If your contact accepts the switch, the voice call will be converted into a video call
Remember that for now, you can only make an audio or video call with a single contact. WhatsApp is working to provide the best experience with this new function on the Mac app but it has promised to release an updated version with the possibility of making group calls.
Remember that all calls and messages sent on WhatsApp have end-to-end encryption.