Modern technology has allowed us to keep in touch with people in different parts of the world. With just a few clicks, you can call or text someone who lives in another part of the planet. You can use your phone for this, or you can use your PC. If you’re wondering how to make a call from a PC, be sure to read this guide.
How to make a call from a PC?
There are several applications that you can use to make calls from your laptop or desktop. But, there are some general requirements and equipment that you will need to make this possible.
First of all, you need to have a stable internet connection. If your connection is not stable, you will have problems with calls being dropped or you will not be able to initiate calls at all.
So, you will also need headphones or earphones. Most laptops have a built-in microphone. However, that microphone is usually not as good as the one on your headset, since that one is closer to your mouth. As far as desktop computers are concerned, they usually don’t have a built-in microphone, so in this case, headphones or earphones are essential.
Some of the apps will require you to have a phone number; others will assign you a phone number once you sign in. This depends on the application you choose.
Setting up your equipment
Before we get to the apps you can use to make calls from your PC, be sure to check your equipment and set up your headset/headset. Please check your internet connection and if your headphones/earphones are connected properly via Bluetooth or cable. Make sure “External Microphone” (or the name of your headphones/earphones) is selected in the Sound settings.
If you want to be 100% sure that your equipment is ready to go, you can test your microphone before making a call.
Not that you’ve set up your gear, let’s take a look at some of the most popular apps for making calls from a PC.
Applications to make calls from a PC
If you have a Mac and an iPhone, this is a great option. You can make calls from your iPhone through your Mac device. However, this is an app that only works with Apple devices, so if you have Windows, Linux, or Android, you should look at other options.
Before proceeding with the steps to make a phone call within the app, make sure both your iPhone and Mac are signed in with the same Apple ID and set up your devices for phone calls. If they are not configured, you will not be able to make calls.
- Open the FaceTime app on your Mac.
- Tap the “Audio” tab.
- Type in the phone number you’d like to call, or search for the person in your contacts.
- Tap the phone icon next to the number or name. You’ll see a prompt asking you to choose between making the call using FaceTime Audio or your iPhone. Choose “FaceTime Audio”.
- FaceTime will now make the phone call. It will use your Wi-Fi instead of your phone plan.
If you’re a Windows user, the app that comes with your Microsoft operating system is called YourPhone. It’s similar to FaceTime: make the calls from your PC but through a linked Android phone. To be able to make phone calls through YourPhone, follow these steps:
- Install the app called “Your Phone Companion: Links to Windows” on your Android phone. This application will allow you to connect your phone to your computer. You can find it in Play Store.
- Open the Start menu on your computer.
- Start typing “Your phone” and open it.
- Sign in with Microsoft and set it up with your phone.
- Choose the “Calls” tab.
- Choose “Find your contacts” if you want to call someone from your contact list. If not, you can enter the number you want to call.
- Select the phone icon to dial.
Tip: Always make sure your Bluetooth is turned on. If it is disabled, you will not be able to make phone calls with YourPhone.
If you don’t want to make calls with your phone number, you can use Skype. It is one of the most popular apps for making phone calls and video calls on different devices. Since it is available on different platforms (Windows, Linux, macOS, iOS, Android) and different devices, you can call from your PC to another PC, a mobile phone or an app.
If you want to make a call from your PC using Skype, make sure you follow these steps:
- If you don’t already have it, make sure you install the Skype app. You can download it here: https://www.skype.com/en/get-skype/.
- Sign in to your account or create one if this is your first time using Skype.
- Open the “Calls” tab.
- Search for a person’s name, email, or username to add them to your contacts.
- Tap “Call”.
This option is free. However, you can also call a mobile or landline number from your Skype app. In this case, you will need to purchase a subscription or Skype Credit, as this option is not free.
Keku is an application very similar to Skype, but it runs inside your browser. It uses Local Number technology. If you want to call your international friends, create a local number for each of them. Then dial this number whenever you want to call them.
If you want to use Keku from your computer, make sure you follow these steps:
- Abre Google Chrome.
- Go to the Keku website.
- Create a Keku account if you don’t already have one.
- Go to the “Call from Computer” page or follow this link https://www.keku.com/controlpanel/dialpage.html.
- Choose your caller ID (your own phone number or a virtual one).
Keku can make calls using your Internet, local minutes, or Local Number option. It offers affordable rates for international calls, making it popular with people who often communicate with friends and family abroad.
TextNow offers another way to call and text others for free from your computer. Once you sign up, you get a phone number from which you can text and call people. It’s simple and works well in your browser.
- Open your browser.
- Go to the TextNow webpage: https://www.textnow.com/
- Register or login if you already have an account.
- Type the number you want to call.
- Press “Call”.
TextNow keeps your call history and you can access the app from your phone or other device. You will have all calls and messages saved if you sign in to your account. You can even use the voicemail feature.
Google Duo is a free application designed to make phone calls or video calls. It can be used from the website or as an app for Android, iPhone and iPad. Its interface is simple: it works based on your phone number and connects to your Google account. Once you sign in, you’ll see a list of contacts who have Google Duo installed. You’ll also see an option to invite your friends to Google Duo.
If you want to use it from your PC, follow these steps:
- Open your browser.
- Open the Google Duo website or follow this link: https://duo.google.com/about/.
- Choose the contact you want to call.
One of the advantages of Google Duo is that it will work even without Wi-Fi. So if you’re trying to call someone who doesn’t have Wi-Fi available, this is a great option.
One of the downsides is that unlike similar apps, Google Duo doesn’t offer a messaging option. You can use this app for calls only, so if you want to message someone, you’ll need to try a different option.
Facebook Messenger is another application that you can use to make phone calls from your PC. You can use it from any browser on your computer, and it also works as a mobile phone app. In order to make the phone call, the person you are calling must have Facebook Messenger installed on their device.
Although this app is a Facebook extension, you do not need to have a Facebook account to use Facebook Messenger. It is a standalone app that everyone can use.
To make a phone call from your PC using Facebook Messenger, follow these steps:
- Open your browser.
- Type “Facebook Messenger” in the search bar and open the first link.
- Sign in to your account or, if you don’t already have one, create one.
- Choose the contact you want to call.
- Press the call button.
While Facebook Messenger is a great app for keeping in touch with people who also have an account, you can’t call landlines or any of the “real” phone numbers through the app.
Calling from PC is very easy!
Whether you don’t have access to your phone, want to call an international number, or just want to try something new, you can use your PC to call others. There are different options available in the market: you can use apps that require you to open an account, apps that give you a number that you can use, or apps that require you to link them to your phone number. Make sure you choose the one that best suits your needs.
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