Wi-FI Calling is a very cool service, and it’s definitely something you should enable if your carrier and phone support it. You’ll get higher quality calls and essentially no “dead zones” where calls will fall off or mute.
How to Make Wifi Calls on Your iPhone
The Wi-Fi Calling feature of the iPhone solves the problem of being in a place where the cellular phone signal is so weak that phone calls either drop all the time or don’t work at all. When you use Wi-Fi Calling, it doesn’t matter how many bars you have. As long as there’s a Wi-Fi network nearby, you can use it to make your calls. Iphone Wi-Fi Calling requires iOS 8 or higher.
What Is Wi-Fi Calling?
Wi-Fi Calling is a feature of iOS 8 and up that allows phone calls to be made using Wi-Fi networks instead of through a service provider’s cellular towers. Wi-Fi Calling allows the calls to work like Voice over IP technology, which treats a voice call like any other data sent over a computer network.
Wi-Fi Calling is most useful for people in rural locations or buildings made of certain materials who don’t get good 3G or 4G reception at their homes or businesses. In these places, getting better reception is impossible until phone companies install new cell towers nearby.
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How to Enable Wifi Calling
Wi-Fi Calling is disabled by default on iPhones, so you’ll need to turn it on to use it. Here’s how:
- Tap the Settings app.
- Tap Cellular (on older versions of iOS, tap Phone).
- Tap Wi-Fi Calling.
- Turn on the Wi-Fi Calling on This iPhone toggle switch.
- Follow the onscreen prompts to add your physical location. This information is used so that emergency services can locate you if you call 911.
- Wi-Fi Calling is enabled and ready to use.
What do I need to be able to use Wifi calling on my IPhone?
In order for you to be able to use this feature:
1). A carrier that supports Wi-Fi calling, offer this feature: It is supported by various other cellular carriers around the world. Consult Apple’s official list of cellular carriers that support Wi-Fi calling to see if your carrier offers this feature.
2). An iPhone 5c or newer: Older iPhones don’t support this. You’ll need an iPhone 5c, iPhone SE, iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X or a newer model to use this feature.
How to Use iPhone Wifi Calling
When the feature is turned on, using it is easy:
- Connect to a Wi-Fi network.
- Look in the upper-right corner of the iPhone screen. If it’s connected to Wi-Fi and the feature is enabled, it shows the name of a mobile carrier( which depends on your carrier).
- On newer iPhones with a notch, a Wi-Fi symbol appears next to the cellular bars.
- Place a call as you normally would.
How to Fix Problems with Wi-Fi Calling
Wi-Fi Calling technology isn’t perfect. Here’s how to solve some of the most common problems people experience:
1). Can’t connect to Wi-Fi:
Review problem-solving steps to fix a grayed-out Wi-Fi connection or troubleshoot when an iPhone won’t connect to Wi-Fi.
2). Wi-Fi Calling is disabled:
In the Settings app, the Wi-Fi Calling toggle switch may be grayed out. If it is, reset the network settings (Settings >General > Reset > Reset Network Settings), turn on Airplane Mode, then turn on Wi-Fi.
3). Wi-Fi calls drop:
If you’re in an area that has a Wi-Fi network and a weak cellular signal, sometimes Wi-Fi calls will fail. If the phone connects to the cellular network instead of to Wi-Fi, turn on Airplane Mode to prevent the phone from connecting to cellular. Then, connect to Wi-Fi.
4). Error message:
If an error message tells you to contact your phone carrier, wait two minutes and turn on the feature again. If that doesn’t work, restart the iPhone. If that doesn’t work, contact your phone company.
Apple added support for Wi-Fi calling to the iPhone with iOS 8, and it’s now supported on many carriers. You can only use this if your cellular carrier supports it.