How to Enable Wi-Fi Calling on Your iPhone
What to do if you have little or no cellular coverage to make phone calls where you are located, and you have an iPhone? It might be an issue especially during summer time when you are outside of the city and not close to cellular towers. Wi-Fi calling is one of the cheapest and easiest options to resolve that issue. Of course you need to be connected to a wireless network.
Remember that to use Wi-Fi Calling, you need an iPhone 5c or later on a supported carrier.
To enable Wi-Fi calling and place Wi-Fi calls from your iPhone, open the Settings app on your iPhone, scroll down, and tap Phone. Now tap Wi-Fi Calling under Calls and activate the Wi-Fi Calling on This iPhone slider.
While activating the Wi-Fi Calling, you might need to enter or confirm your address for emergency services.
Now if Wi-Fi Calling is available, you’ll see Wi-Fi after your carrier name in the status bar. Then your calls will use Wi-Fi Calling. From now on you will able to call your friends without using your cell signal. Keep in mind that this option is disabled by default, so you need to activate it.
Note that when cellular service is available in the area, your iPhone willuse it for emergency calls. If you turned on Wi-Fi Calling and cellular service isn’t available, emergency calls might use Wi-Fi calling. Remember that your device’s location may be used to aid response efforts when you place an emergency call, regardless of whether you enable Location Services.
How to Place and Receive Wi-Fi calls from Another Device
If your carrier supports Wi-Fi Calling on iCloud-connected devices, you can make and receive Wi-Fi calls on other devices linked to your account. You can use Wi-Fi Calling even if your iPhone isn’t on the same Wi-Fi Network or isn’t turned on. Make sure that you’re signed in to iCloud and FaceTime with the same Apple ID that you use on your iPhone. Also make sure that your devices have the latest software.
The following devices and OS are can be used to make calls and receive them:
- iPad or iPod touch with iOS 9 or later
- Apple Watch with watchOS 2 or later
- Mac (2012 or later model) with OS X El Capitan and later.
Important note: Wi-Fi Calling isn’t available on Mac Pro (Mid 2012).
Make and Receive Calls from Your iPad, iPod Touch, or Mac
To enable Wi-Fi calling with these devices, add the device if you haven’t added it yet and follow these steps:
- Open FaceTime.
- Tap Audio.
- Enter a contact or phone number
- Tap Wi-Fi call .
You can place a call by tapping a phone number in Contacts, Mail, Messages, Safari, and other apps.
Make and Receive Calls from Apple Watch
To place and receive calls from Appple Watch follow these steps:
- Open the Phone app on your Apple Watch.
- Choose a contact you want to call.
- Tap Wi-Fi call.
- Select the phone number or FaceTime address that you want to call.