How to Receive Phone Calls on a Computer

by Kristy Robinson

Your friends and family can call you wherever you are for free. Voice over IP technology has made keeping in touch simple and inexpensive. Through the use of popular instant messaging programs like Skype, Yahoo, iCall and Windows Live Messenger, you can talk to your friends and loved ones wherever you are without using your home or cell phone.

Download the program of your choice if you don't already have it on your computer. Some of these programs come pre-installed on your computer. Check your start menu to see if you already have one of them.

Install the program and set up a new account or log in with your existing information. Open it and follow the set up screens to log in or create a new account.

Add contacts to the program or wait for your existing contacts to load if you already had an account.

Leave the program signed in whenever you are available to receive calls.

Test out the program by having someone on your contacts list call you. Click on answer incoming call when you hear the ring and the call alert box pops up. Then start talking just like you would on your home phone or your cell phone.


  • check Some computers also have headset jacks where you can plug up a headset to use while you talk on the computer so your conversation can be more private. If you have such an outlet, then purchase a headset with a microphone and plug it into your headphone jack

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About the Author

Based in southern Virginia, Kristy Robinson has been writing for various websites since 2008. Her work focuses on tutorials and self-help articles. Robinson holds a Bachelor of Science in criminal justice from American InterContinental University.

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