Wi-Fi calling is the ability to use a mobile phone without connecting to a cellular network to make phone calls over a Wi-Fi connection.
In many parts of the world, the Internet reaches more locations than the cellular network. You might have seen this at the dacha or visiting a friend in the village. There is a reliable home Internet connection, but no cellular service.
Wi-Fi calling has been around for a long time on your phone. The process is also very easy to set up. It only takes two things to do this – a phone that can do it and a cellular service provider that supports it.
How do WiFi calling work?
When Wi-Fi calling is on, you simply dial the number just like any other call. But instead, your service provider routes the call over the Internet and dials the number you dialed. It is so simple.
You literally just use your phone as usual. No extra apps, no extra steps, no weird dialing numbers. Basically, it is VoIP or Voice over IP.
Do WiFi Calling Cost Anything?
Generally speaking, your cellular service package applies to your WiFi calls. So if you have free country calls when you call over Wi-Fi, you also have free country calls.
However, check with your service provider.
Which phones support WiFi calling?
You might be surprised to know that the iPhone has been supporting it since the iPhone 5C. Apple also has a website where you can find out which carriers support Wi-Fi calling on iPhone.
Most Android phones also support Wi-Fi calling. Visit your carrier’s website to see if they support Wi-Fi calling from your Android phone.
How to turn on WiFi calling on an Android phone
The actions will differ from phone to phone, but as long as you find a place to turn it on, you should be fine. Let’s see how to turn it on with LG Q6.
- Go to settings and click “Call”.
- Click the button to enable Wi-Fi calling. It’s a little tricky to see, but there are three dots next to the button. Click on them to continue setting up Wi-Fi calling.
- Tap Tap to set up Wi-Fi calling or change the emergency address. Remember this is here. If you move, you’ll want to change your emergency address if you need to dial 911 over Wi-Fi.
Emergency services cannot track Wi-Fi calls like regular cell phone calls. They will navigate to the address listed here as it is stored by your service provider.
- This step will take over the method of your cellular operator. Here is an example of a Telus network in Canada where I live. The service provider asks for a mobile phone number.
- The provider then sends the code to the phone in a text message. This must be entered in the vendor dialog and then clicked “Continue”.
- Provider presents Terms of Service for Wi-Fi Calling. Click “Agree” to continue.
- The provider is now asking for your physical address. Wi-Fi calls are basically VoIP calls. 911 services cannot track him to a location like a cell phone call. It is important to include the address where you spend most of your time. If you change to a different address, you will need to update it.
- Wi-Fi calling should now be enabled.
How to Turn on WiFi Calling on iPhone
To enable Wi-Fi calling on iPhone, you may need to call your phone service provider.
- Go to “Settings” on your phone and click “Cellular”. This brings up the Cellular Settings screen. Tap on WiFi Calling option.
- A warning will appear, which is a little confusing. They say that when you try to make a Wi-Fi call in another country, the phone will tell the local service provider that you are in a city in that country.
This will help your local service provider connect your calls without having to dial country codes. Check with your service provider to see if they allow Wi-Fi calling when you are out of the country. Some don’t.
- The service provider will ask you to agree to their Wi-Fi Terms of Service and enter your physical address for 911 service. Wi-Fi calling is then triggered.
How do I know I am using WiFi calling?
If you’re using an iPhone, look at the top left corner. You should see the name of your carrier with the word WiFi and a WiFi icon next to it.
On an Android phone, look at the top left corner when calling. You should see a call in progress icon on your phone. You will also see a Wi-Fi icon next to it.
Now you know what Wi-Fi calling is, how to enable Wi-Fi calling on your iPhone or Android, and how to know if it works.
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