How to enable Wi-Fi Calling on your iPhone

Wi-fi calling is a particularly useful feature for people who are in areas of limited coverage, or often make calls from basement offices.  In this article we show you, with screen shots, how to enable wi-fi calling.

Wi-fi calling enables you to make and receive calls and SMS as usual, but using your wifi network rather than the cellular network.  Unlike services such as Skype and Whatsapp, there are no additional apps or different accounts to use; your phone operates and normal and people can call you as normal; it’s all done through your mobile operator, just via wifi instead of their cell tower.

First of all you need to ensure that your mobile network supports wi-fi calling. At the time of writing in the USA T-Mobile, Sprint, AT&T and (soon) Verizon support it, whilst in the UK support is found from EE and Vodafone.

If you are on a supported network:

1. Open your settings

2. Select the Phone option

Select Phone in your iPhone Settings
Select Phone in your iPhone Settings

3. Select Wi-Fi Calling

Select Wifi Calling
Select Wi-fi Calling

4. Move the Wi-Fi Calling slider to on

Move the slider to on
Move the slider to on

Your device will ensure that the wifi network you are using has sufficient bandwidth to support the call.  If it does you will see your network change to say ‘WiFi Call’:

WiFi Calling is Enabled
WiFi Calling is Enabled

Once you leave the wifi area your phone will switch to a cellular network, if one is available.

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