If you’re in a low-signal area but have access to a reliable internet connection, turning on WiFi calling may be the ideal solution.
When you enable WiFi calling on a compatible device, calls route through the internet instead of a cellular network, which provides a more reliable connection when service is weak or non-existent.
On top of that, a strong wireless signal and decent bandwidth allow you to make and take voice calls in super-clear HD.
With that said, using WiFi calling on a high-traffic public network is unlikely to yield good results. Also, most carriers apply normal charges to calls made via WiFi, which is something to keep in mind when calling internationally.
But if your cellular network has let you down and your wireless signal is strong, sending your voice through the internet may be the best solution. Let’s discuss how to enable WiFi calling on an iOS or Android device.
How to enable WiFi calling on iOS
If you are an iPhone or iPad user, this is for you. Here’s how to enable WiFi calling on iPhone:
- Go to Settings > Cellular
- Tap Wi-Fi Calling
- Toggle on Wi-Fi Calling on This Phone
- Tap Enable
- Enter or confirm your address for emergency services when prompted
You might get a message saying: To allow Wi-Fi calling on this account, contact Carrier. That means your cellular carrier doesn’t support WiFi calling. If enough customers contact them, maybe they’ll enable WiFi calling.
Now your iPhone is set up to use WiFi calling on networks you’re connected to.
How to enable WiFi calling on Android
For the Android users among us, here’s how to enable WiFi calling on Android:
Open the Phone app and tap the More (three dots) button in the top right
Tap Calling accounts
Tap on your cellular carrier’s name
Tap on Wi-Fi calling
Toggle the feature on
You may also see a prompt to register your address for emergency services, which you should do if you haven’t already.
If WiFi Calling doesn’t appear in your mobile device’s settings, your carrier may not support this feature.
When to use WiFi calling
WiFi calling is ideal when you live or work in an area with poor cell service. With a reliable connection, you can send your voice through the internet without wasting precious mobile data.
However, WiFi calling has one clear downside: you need access to a wireless network.
If you’re away from home and can’t make a call due to poor service, finding a reliable internet connection—or any connection at all— may not be easy. In these situations, you’d be better off searching for a landline, which apparently do still exist.
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