Email, Messaging, & Video Calls Texting & Messaging 32 32 people found this article helpful How to Use WhatsApp Video Calls for Individual and Group Calls Make a WhatsApp call from any mobile device By Simon Chandler Writer Simon Chandler is a former Lifewire writer who covered cryptocurrency, social media, AI and other topics. His work has appeared in Wired, TechCrunch, and The Verge. our editorial process Twitter LinkedIn Simon Chandler Updated March 26, 2020 Texting & Messaging Email Texting & Messaging Video Calls Tweet Share Email WhatsApp is best known as a text-messaging app. It can also be used to make video calls over the internet (known as VoIP calls). This guide explains how to make personal and group calls and covers all available operating systems. WhatsApp recently dropped support for devices with older operating systems. It now only supports iPhones with iOS 9 or later and Android smartphones with version 4.0.3 or later. If you're using a desktop or laptop computer, you can use an Android emulator to outsmart Whatsapp and make video calls without a smartphone, too. (Scroll to the bottom of this article for info about that.) How to Make a WhatsApp Video Call To make a video call, open a chat with the person you want to contact, then tap the Voice Call icon (it looks like a phone). Alternatively, tap the Calls tab and press the green button to start a call with a contact. Looking for information about making individual or group phone (voice) calls instead? Read How to Make WhatsApp Phone Calls. To switch mid-call from a video to a voice conversation, and vice versa, select the Camera icon while on a call. WhatsApp sends a request to the person you're talking to and asks them to switch from video to voice. WhatsApp video calls are free. However, the app requires an internet connection, so it consumes mobile data if you're connected through a 4G or 3G carrier network. To avoid using your data allowance, connect to a Wi-Fi network before placing a call. How to Receive a WhatsApp Video Call Receiving calls on WhatsApp is easier than placing calls. Here's how to do it: On an iOS device, tap the green Accept icon to open the call, or the red Decline icon to refuse it.On an Android device, swipe up to accept and swipe down to decline. You can also swipe up to Reply to decline the call with a quick message. How to Make a WhatsApp Group Call In addition to one-on-one video chats, WhatsApp hosts group video chats. These work like video calls, except you can add contacts to the list of participants. WhatsApp supports up to four participants in a group video call. Start a call with a contact using the instructions above. Once they accept the call, select Add Participant. Search for or select another contact you want to add to the call. Select Add. There are a few things to keep in mind when using the WhatsApps group calling feature. Make sure everyone has a strong internet connection. The quality of the call depends on the contact with the weakest connection.You can't switch to a group video call during a group voice call.You can't remove a contact during a group voice call. The contact needs to hang up to disconnect from the call.You can't add a blocked contact to the call. You can be in a group voice call with someone you blocked if they were invited by someone else. How to Make WhatsApp Video Calls on Desktops and Laptops You can't use the WhatsApp desktop app to place video calls. You can only use the desktop app to send and receive text messages. However, Windows users can work around this limitation by downloading an Android emulator such as AndY, Nox, or BlueStacks. These can also be downloaded on Mac computers. Android emulators allow you to download the mobile version of WhatsApp onto your computer, which you can use to place video calls. The Best Android Emulators for Windows The Best Android Emulators for Mac If you're not a fan of emulators, you can also install Android on your PC without one.