Using Wi-Fi Calling

Do you live out of range of a good cellphone signal like I do? If so, you’ll be really interested to hear about Wi-Fi calling, a feature that is available on most iOS and Android phones.

Wi-Fi calling is a feature that allows you to make or receive voice calls and text messages over a Wi-Fi network instead of a cellular network. This can be useful in situations where you have poor or no cellular coverage, or when you want to enjoy higher-quality voice calls.

Wi-Fi calling does not use your mobile data, but it may count towards your talk and text plan. Check with your carrier to confirm if Wi-Fi calling is included in your plan and whether there are any additional charges or limitations.

To use Wi-Fi calling, you need a compatible smartphone, a working Wi-Fi connection, and a carrier that supports Wi-Fi calling. You also need to enable the feature on your phone and enter or confirm your address for emergency services.

The steps to set up Wi-Fi calling may vary depending on your phone model and carrier, but here are some general guidelines for iOS and Android devices.

iOS

  • Go to Settings > Phone > Wi-Fi Calling.
  • Turn on Wi-Fi Calling on This iPhone.
  • Enter or confirm your address for emergency services.
  • You can also add other devices to use with Wi-Fi calling, such as your iPad, Apple Watch, or Mac. To do this, go to Settings > Phone > Calls on Other Devices and turn on the options you want.

Android

  • Go to Settings > Network and Internet > Wi-Fi Calling or Calls > Wi-Fi Calling. If you don’t see this option, it may be because your carrier doesn’t support it or you need to use their app to enable it.
  • Turn on Wi-Fi Calling.
  • Enter or confirm your address for emergency services.
  • You can also adjust your Wi-Fi calling preferences, such as whether to use Wi-Fi or mobile network first.

Once you have set up Wi-Fi calling, you can use it just like regular phone calls. When you are connected to a Wi-Fi network, you will see “Wi-Fi” or “Internet Call” on the call screen. If you leave the Wi-Fi network, the call will switch to the cellular network if available.

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