Making business calls from a mobile device may be second nature, but when you’re on the phone all day, the last thing you want is an iPhone or Android device glued to your ear. Making a call from a PC can be the most convenient choice. 💻
Even if you’re not on the phone most of your working hours, calling someone from a computer can come in handy in many situations. For instance, it’s one of the best ways to make calls if:
- You want to go hands-free
- Your mobile phone battery dies
- Your phone’s unreachable when you need to jump on a call
- You’re already working on your PC
Here’s what you need to know about WiFi calling on PCs when you need an alternative to your pocket-size phone.
How to make a call from a PC
Today, there are plenty of apps for people who want to connect from their PC to phone calls. When you sign up for one, calling clients and coworkers can be as simple as dialing a phone number or selecting someone from your contact list.
While the process to make calls from PCs can vary from app to app, most require you to follow three key steps:
1. Have a stable internet connection
The key to making clear calls on a laptop or computer is a stable internet connection. WiFi is most commonly used for PC calls, though you can use alternatives like a hotspot or Ethernet to connect.
You don’t need extraordinarily fast internet. According to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), you only need download speeds of under 0.5 Mbps for VoIP calls. However, it’s still a good idea to do an internet speed test ahead of your first call to avoid jitter.
2. Get your sound system ready
Most PCs already have built-in mics and speakers. However, a quality VoIP headset can make your incoming audio clearer while canceling out background noise from your end of the line. 🎧 Plus, you can make calls in your office or a coffee shop without letting the world hear your conversation.
Whether you get a Bluetooth, USB, or wired headset, double check that your headphones are properly connected and your external mic is selected in your sound settings.
3. Start a phone call from your app
Once your internet is stable and you set up the sound equipment you want, the final step is starting a call from your PC. Follow the steps provided by your WiFi calling app to reach your call recipient with ease.
10 apps for WiFi calling on PCs
There’s no shortage of platforms that you can choose from to make a call from PCs — but some may stand out above the rest. Here are the 10 best WiFi calling apps that support calling from PCs.
OpenPhone is a VoIP phone service that supports phone calls and text messages (SMS and MMS) on any internet-enabled device. When you don’t want to use your iPhone or Android phone, you can use your PC to jump on our desktop or web apps.
No matter where you log in from, you’ll have full access to your contact list, recent calls, voicemail inbox, and everything you need to successfully make calls. You can also use business features like call recording, interactive voice response, and shared phone numbers to improve your customer interactions. 🙌
Need to make international calls from a PC? We make it easy with free calls to the US and Canada — and low international calling rates — with every plan. Each user can also get a free US, Canadian, and toll-free number.
How call from a PC with OpenPhone
OpenPhone has plenty of advanced functionality, but is simple to use. Once you make an account, follow these three steps to make a call from a PC:
- Click the “Make a Call” icon, or tap the letter C on your keyboard for a quick shortcut.
- Enter your call recipient’s phone number, or type a name from your contact list.
- Press the call button to get connected!
2. Google Voice
Google Voice for Google Workspace is a popular business phone for Windows and Mac users. While Google Voice doesn’t offer a desktop app, you can access it on most browsers or make calls using its Google Chrome extension.
Google Voice for Google Workspace offers free calls to the US (and Canada, for US users). However, beyond features like voicemail transcriptions and business hour settings, it offers limited business features. Plus, you’ll need a Google Workspace account ($6 per month) before you can get started, so you’ll end up paying for two different tools.
Skype is a free calling app that allows users to call each other from a wide variety of devices (including PCs) at no cost. It supports voice calls, video calls, and text, as well as some basic business features like caller ID.
The biggest downside? While Skype does offer free WiFi calling between users, you’ll need to pay per minute or pay for a monthly subscription to make calls to landlines or mobile phones. ☎️
Grasshopper is a VoIP phone provider that’s built for small businesses. You can get up to five free local or toll-free phone numbers that you can access from your desktop, iPhone, or Android. Beyond the pros of making WiFi calls on your PC, you can send texts, forward calls, and read your voicemail.
Every Grasshopper plan includes 100% of its available features, but this makes the app one of the priciest on the list. You can expect to pay $26 per month for a single phone number and three extensions. If you ever want to get more numbers to grow your business, you’ll need to pay $10 per month each.
Dialpad is a business phone system that includes unlimited calling, SMS, and MMS in the US and Canada. Whether you log into Dialpad from your phone or PC, you’ll be able to access features like auto-attendant, call recording, and voicemail transcriptions on top of making phone calls.
However, if you want to access key integrations like Zapier and Slack — which come free with all OpenPhone plans — you’ll need to upgrade your plan and pay for at least three users. If you want a custom plan with more advanced features, you need at least 100 team members on your account.
Vonage for business is a business VoIP app that offers many of the basic WiFi calling features a business may need. Though the most useful features (like call recording, auto-attendant, and CRM integrations) require upgrades, the availability of these business tools makes it less bare-bones than PC calling apps that were built for personal use.
The biggest downside to Vonage is the fact that it’s incredibly fee-heavy. On top of the $19.99-$39.99 per month per line you’re paying for your subscription, most users need to pay for voicemail transcriptions, extensions, and key features.
7. Your Phone
If you have an Android phone and a Windows 10 or 11 PC, getting the Your Phone app on desktop and Your Phone Companion app on mobile lets you link your devices. You can use your existing number to make calls from your PC or answer incoming calls from a desktop pop-up.
Your Phone can be pretty handy when you already have a business cell phone. If you don’t, you’ll only be able to use your personal phone number — or you’ll need to buy a new device and phone plan to separate business and personal. 😬
8. Facebook Messenger
Over 70% of North America actively uses Facebook. Naturally, using Messenger — a free messaging app that’s available on browser and from the Microsoft store — can be a simple solution for your WiFi calling needs. Messenger supports both audio and video calls, but no business calling features.
However, for most businesses, using Messenger isn’t a viable option, especially for calling leads you’ve never met. This app was developed for social media, so it only supports calls between Facebook friends — not calls to landlines or real phone numbers.
Ooma is a VoIP provider that offers helpful business features like call forwarding and virtual receptionists with every plan. However, if you want to make WiFi calls on PCs, you’ll need to purchase the company’s most expensive option at $24.95 per user per month.
This upgraded plan unlocks extra calling features like call recording and voicemail transcriptions, but if Ooma isn’t a clear winner for you, you can get those same features with other providers (like OpenPhone) for much less.
TextNow is a WiFi calling app that — as its name suggests — also supports text messages, both SMS and MMS. Once you have an account, you can switch between WiFi calling on PC, iPhone, Android, and iPad with ease.
While TextNow will grant you a phone number for free, you can expect an app that’s clouded with ads. If you ever want to get rid of them (or access voicemail transcriptions), you’ll need to pay at least $9.99 per month — and your app will still largely function like a personal phone with limited opportunities to save time communicating with others.
Make calls from PCs with OpenPhone
When you want to make a call from a PC, you’ll always need a stable internet connection and a reliable sound system — even if it’s the one that’s built into your computer. However, it’s the WiFi calling app you choose that makes the biggest difference for businesses.
With OpenPhone, you can make calls on any internet-enabled device (including your PC) while getting robust business features at a business-friendly cost. Start your free trial of OpenPhone to try it out.