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 What Is WiFi Calling On An iPhone?

What Is WiFi Calling On An iPhone?

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There is an exciting feature on an iPhone that can highly improve the quality of your phone calls. It’s like an improved version of LTE calls that were enabled in the area of good LTE coverage. Since WiFi has a stronger signal in most places, this feature improved the LTE Voice version.

Have you ever experienced lagging in your calls due to poor cellular signals? How many times did you choose to make a call over FaceTime, WhatsApp, or any other social media because your WiFi signal is stronger than your cellular signal?

Well, say hello to this fantastic feature that is redirecting your phone calls from cellular to WiFi network, improving the quality of your calls.

This short guide will show you how to turn on WiFi calling iPhone feature and how to use it.

How to turn on WiFi calling iPhone?

If you have any iPhone newer than iPhone 5c, you can use WiFi calling iPhone option. Also, your mobile phone carrier needs to support the feature, but this is not an issue since all the major US carriers do support it. However, this option is not automatically enabled on your device. You need to turn it on manually, and only then will your calls be redirected to WiFi. Here is how.

  1. Open the “Settings” app
  2. Go to “Cellular” or “Phone”
  3. Choose “WiFi calling” and switch the toggle ON
  1. You will have to input Emergency address to help emergency services respond to your calls

If you see your carrier’s name next to the WiFi icon on your iPhone, that’s it, the option has been activated, and you officially turned on WiFi calling iPhone. Once you have enabled the option, you can keep texting and calling as usual, and the re-routing will be done in the background.

Also, WiFi calling can be enabled on your other Apple devices, such as Mac or iPad. Follow these steps to add a device to your WiFi calling iPhone list.

  1. Go to “Settings” > “Phone” > “WiFi calling”
  1. Tap on “Add WiFi calling for other devices”
  2. Turn on “Allow calls on other devices”
  3. Turn the toggle ON for each device on the list you want to enable WiFi calling for
  1. Make sure your other devices are accepting calls from your iPhone.

Here, now you have WiFi calling enabled on all of your Apple devices.

If you wish to disconnect other devices, go to “Settings” > “Phone” > “Calls on other devices.” Here you can remove all the other devices connected to your iPhone calls.

More information about the WiFi calling iPhone feature can be found here https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT203032.

How to set up WiFi calling iPhone?

 After you’ve switched the toggle for this feature on, your device will automatically re-route calls to WiFi if possible.

Now, you can be charged for this, depending on your cellular plan. This feature rates the same like you are making a cellular call from the US. So, if you are being charged for regular cellular calls, you will be charged for the WiFi calling iPhone made the call as well. If you have a certain amount of minutes in your cellular plan, you will notice the deduction of the minutes after you finish the call.

If you are abroad, this option is much better since your cellular network can be poor. However, you will be charged for an international cal. Bear in mind that WiFi calling is not enabled in some countries such as Australia, China, Cuba, Singapore, etc.

An important thing to know is that the other side needs to be connected to WiFi as well. If it’s not, your call will be made as a regular cellular call.

Here, I will list major US carriers and their WiFi calling iPhone options to explore. Good luck!

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Marom

Marom

Marom is a senior writer at WIRED specialising on information security, digital privacy, and hacking. A former technology correspondent for Slate, she was also a staff writer for Future Tense, a publication and project of Slate, the New America Foundation, and ASU. Additionally her work has appeared in Gizmodo, Fast Company, IEEE Spectrum, and Popular Mechanics. She is a New Yorker who calls the city home.
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