WiFi Calling: How To Try This Calling Option?

Mobile network companies are adding capacity and taking other measures to improve cellular reception and call quality, still, there could be situations where the network strength is insufficient for clear voice calls. For a long time, there wasn’t much respite in these situations and then came the feature of WiFi calling that helped to reduce occurrences of call drop issues and other difficulties faced by users. WiFi calling is a great help in locations where the Wi-Fi network is stronger than the cell phone network. 

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 WiFi Calling

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The feature of WiFi calling enables users to use any WiFi connection to make and receive voice and video calls when the cellular network is weak. If your mobile device supports WiFi calling, it can automatically switch to the connected WiFi network in case of low mobile signal and use the WiFi connection to make and receive voice and video calls.

For those who live in areas with poor or inconsistent cellular reception, WiFi calling is their ultimate savior. WiFi calling enables clearer, crisper calls when chatting with your friends and family.

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Please note:

When WiFi Calling is enabled, all the calls you make and receive will be stored in your device’s call logs and can be accessed anytime from there. 

WiFi calling hands over the calls to the cellular network in case you move out of the range of the WiFi router or the connection, but there is a chance of a pause or drop of the ongoing call during the process of switching. The possibility of this situation depends on your carrier, the WiFi network, and your device.

~ Enabling Wi-Fi Calling on Android Phone

If you use a carrier that supports WiFi calling, it is a great feature that will allow your smartphone to use the best connection at your place to make and receive calls (both voice and video calls) and also text messages. It provides higher quality audio and is a perfect option if you don’t get a good cellular network at your place.

This feature has now been existing on Android phones for many years. Below, we will discuss how to enable WiFi calling on your device:

Firstly, you need to open your Android phone’s Settings. 

Next, you need to tap on ‘Connections’. It is located at the top of the settings menu

Further, in the ‘Connections’ menu, you will find an option ‘More’. It is located at the bottom of the connection settings menu. You need to tap on it. 

Then you need to tap on the switch next to the option of ‘WiFi Calling’. It is located at the bottom of the ‘More’ section in the ‘Connection’ menu.

Once the WiFi calling is enabled, certain options will be displayed on your screen. You need to select one of the following options when you prefer to use WiFi calls or calls on the cellular network:

WiFi Preferred: This option will allow your phone to use the cellular network only when no WiFi connection is available.

Cellular Network Preferred: This option allow your phone to use WiFi only when no cellular network is available.

Never use Cellular Network: This option will allow your phone to use a Wi-Fi connection only to make phone calls. You will not be able to make phone calls using the cellular network, even if it’s available, after choosing this option.

After you have selected your preferred option,  you should get alerts on your other devices confirming the availability for WiFi calling.

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Enabling WiFi calling on Xiaomi Phones

Xiaomi phones with the latest software update, have started supporting WiFi Calls. You can use Airtel or Jio WiFi Calls on Xiaomi phones provided they are in the compatible device list in Airtel or Jio based on which network you are using. 

First, you need to check for the latest software update and install if any update is available.

Then you need to connect your phone to WiFi and ensure that the VoLTE is enabled.

Now you need to go to Settings, first select the ‘SIM Cards’ then select the ‘Mobile Networks’ option.

After that, you need to tap on the SIM card for which you want to enable the WiFi calling (in case you have dual sims) then scroll down till the end.

Now whenever your phone is connected to WiFi network, you will be able to make calls through WiFi even if you have a weak cellular network. 

~Enabling WiFi calling on your iPhone

Apple supports the ‘FaceTime Audio’ for iPhone which lets you chat with other iCloud users via WiFi and if allowed by your carrier, through cellular data too. WiFi calling has become a carrier-based technology now.

Wi-Fi calling is carrier-driven and depends on a technology called SIP / IMS, that enables your iPhone to make and receive phone calls using a WiFi network.

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To turn on Wi-Fi calling on your iPhone

Firstly, you will need to open the ‘Settings’ on your iPhone.

Next, you need to tap on the ‘Phone’ option. In that section, you will find another option of ‘ WiFi Calling’, tap on it.

Then you will have to switch on the ‘WiFi Calling on This iPhone slider’ option.

A warning about location data and your carrier will be displayed on your screen. You need to tap on the ‘Enable’ option to turn on WiFi Calling.

For some carriers, like AT&T, you may be taken to a Safari WebView where you will be asked to agree to certain terms and conditions and provide an ‘Emergency Call address’

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This is how you can enable WiFi calling on your device. We hope that this was helpful to you. 

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