This simply guide explains how to set up WiFi Calling on your iPhone. Wi-Fi Calling allows iOS device to place and receive phone calls and even text messages over a wireless network. Turning on Wi-Fi Calling feature on your device, you can simply make a call using WiFi. Here’s everything you want to know.
Before you head to the setup method you should know something that not every iPhone user knows. A number of carriers such as AT&T, T-Mobile and more support Wi-Fi Calling on their network, allowing those with weak cellular signals to use WiFi to make and receive calls.
When you drop a phone call it would be a real pain because you’re in an area with spotty cellular coverage. It’s a bit annoying when it happens to be where you spend a lot of your time, like at home or at work. What good is a smartphone that can’t reliably make calls in the places where you spend most of your time? In result, the outage can and will have a nagative effect on battery life every time you make a call in a week-coverage area.
Regardless with Wi-Fi Calling feature, that problem is no more, because your iPhone can eventually use your internet connection to place a call instead of using your carrier’s cellular network, and it works in a perfect way.
Apple has long supported FaceTime Audio for the iPhone, which lets you video chat with other iCloud users via Wi-Fi (of course, if your carrier allowed it) cellular data. Now, some users are getting their first glimpse of Wi-Fi Calling, a carrier-based technology, which is not available outside United States.
Know about Wi-Fi Calling
Unlike FaceTime, Wi-Fi Calling is a carrier-driven, and depends on a technology called SIP / IMS (IP Multimedia Subset). This technology on your iPhone enables Wi-Fi calling to make and receive phone calls using a regular wireless network.
For those living in such areas with poor or inconsitent cellular reception, Wi-Fi Calling is one absolute savior. If your carrier supports it, then, it’s a great way to get clearer, crisper calls when chatting with all your friends – not just those on an iPhone or Mac.
Originally, Apple added support for Wi-Fi Calling in iOS way back with iOS 8 in the year 2014. Here we will show you how to enable this feature in a step-by-step manual below. It’s important to note that your carrier must support Wi-Fi Calling feature in order to activate it on your iPhone. If your carrier doesn’t support this feature, you won’t see Wi-Fi Calling option on your iPhone.
Turn on Wi-Fi Calling for your iPhone
1. Open the Settings app.
2. Launched? Tap Phone > Wi-Fi Calling.
3. Switch the ‘Wi-Fi Calling on This iPhone’ slider to On.
4. Now, you’ll see a warning about location data and what your carrier collects. Tap Enable to turn on Wi-Fi Calling.
Note: For some carriers like AT&T, you may be bumped into a Safari WebView, where you’re asked to agree to terms and conditions and provide an Emergency Call address.
5. Read through the Terms of Services and accept them. Enter an emergency contact address for 911 calls. In case, if they can’t locate you on Wi-Fi, this gives emergency responders a place to send assistance).
6. Tap Save and then Close. You’re done.
Wi-Fi Calling For Other Devices
There’s still a better way when your carrier supports it. You can give any device on your iCloud account the ability to make and receive calls on WiFi – even when your iPhone isn’t nearby.
Step 1: Open the Settings app.
Step 2: Tap Phone, then Wi-Fi Calling.
Step 3: If available for your carrier, select Add Wi-Fi Calling for Other Devices.
Step 4: A Safari WebView will be prompted to set up sync for your other handsets. Once you’re finished, you should get alerts on those devices confirming availability for Wi-Fi calling.
When you’re on a WiFi connection with enough bandwidth, your iPhone will use that to make and receive cellular calls instead of the carrier network. You should be seeing Wi-Fi on your status bar as shown in the screen below.
Be gone, spotty coverage and dropped calls!
Is this the future?