How to Make Phone Calls From Mac

Charlotte Daniels

Mac, Tutorials

Have you ever wanted to make phone calls directly from your Mac? Whether you need to make business calls or simply want the convenience of using your Mac for all your communication needs, there are several ways to achieve this. In this tutorial, we will explore different methods to make phone calls from your Mac.

Using FaceTime

If you are an Apple user, FaceTime is a built-in application that allows you to make audio and video calls. To make phone calls from your Mac using FaceTime, follow these steps:

  1. Step 1:

    • Launch the FaceTime app:

      To open FaceTime on your Mac, click on the FaceTime icon located in the Dock or search for it using Spotlight.

    • Sign in with your Apple ID:

      If you are not already signed in, enter your Apple ID and password to log in.

  2. Step 2:

    • Select a contact:

      In the left sidebar of the FaceTime app, you will see a list of contacts. Click on a contact’s name or use the search bar to find the person you want to call.

    • Initiate the call:

      To start an audio call, click on the phone icon next to the contact’s name. You can also choose “Video” if you prefer a video call.

  3. Step 3:

    • Manage the call:

      During the call, you can use various options such as mute, speaker, and end call.

    • Add more participants:

      If you want to add more people to the call, click on the “Add Person” button and select additional contacts.

Using Third-party Apps

If you prefer using a third-party app for making phone calls from your Mac, there are several options available. Some popular apps include Skype, Google Voice, and WhatsApp. Here’s how you can use these apps:


  1. Step 1:

    • Download and install Skype:

      If you don’t have Skype installed on your Mac, visit the official Skype website and download the application.

    • Create or sign in to your account:

      If you are new to Skype, create an account. Otherwise, sign in using your existing credentials.

  2. Step 2:

    • Add contacts:

      In the left sidebar of the Skype app, click on the “Contacts” tab. To add a contact, click on the “+” button and enter their details.

    • <Start a call:

      Select a contact from the list, click on the phone icon, and choose “Call” to initiate an audio call.

  3. Step 3:

    • Call management:

      While on a call, you can use features like mute, speaker, and end call. Skype also allows conference calls with multiple participants.

Google Voice

  1. Step 1:

    • Access Google Voice:

      Open your web browser and go to the Google Voice website (

    • Sign in or create an account:

      If you already have a Google account, sign in. Otherwise, create a new account by following the instructions.

  2. Step 2:
    • Add contacts:
      • Add contacts to your Google Voice account by clicking on the “Contacts” tab and selecting “New Contact”. Enter the necessary details for each contact.


        Make sure to enter their phone number correctly as this will be used for calling them.

Congratulations! Now you know how to make phone calls from your Mac using FaceTime and popular third-party apps like Skype and Google Voice. Choose the method that suits your needs and enjoy the convenience of making calls directly from your Mac.

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