How to Use Wi-Fi Calling on Your iPhone, Android Phone, or Tablet
Other Android devices, such as Samsung phones, hide this setting in the Phone app. Here’s how to find it:
- Open the phone app, tap the triple-dot icon in the upper right, and tap Settings.
- You will see the option for Wi-Fi calling. Tap it and toggle it.
- If it works, you can see Wi-Fi calling next to your carrier’s name in the expanded notification shade on your phone.
Can’t find the option on your Android phone? You’ll need a SIM card in your device for the option to still show up (once one pops up, you may need to restart your phone). If you have a SIM, open it Settings and type “Wi-Fi calling”In the search bar above.
What You Need to Know About Wi-Fi Calling
Wi-Fi calls are usually included in your current voice call plan and are considered regular calls. If you have limited minutes, Wi-Fi calls will likely be considered part of your allowance. They don’t have to have additional fees, but we recommend you check again because carriers don’t always treat them the same. If your provider charges for Wi-Fi calling, then so be it time to find a better carrier.
One thing to note is that any long distance or international fees you get for voice calls are likely to also apply to Wi-Fi calls. And Wi-Fi calling is not supported in every country. Alternatively, try using the call (voice or video) function of internet-protocol messaging apps, such as WhatsApp, Google Duo, Telegram, Signal, WeChat, and FaceTime. You don’t charge.
Carriers accurately dictate when your phone should switch to Wi-Fi calling, but it’s less consistent. If you find that your signal is strong enough that Wi-Fi calling won’t kick but it’s not enough for clear calls, you can force it by turning on Airplane Mode and then turning on -togg on Wi-Fi. Just remember to turn off Airplane Mode again after the call.
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