Guide to Activate WhatsApp Calling Android

WhatsApp is an app millions of people around the world use on a day-to-day basis. You can safely say it has replaced SMS as a way to communicate with friends and family. Sure, there are lots of other apps, like Hike, Telegram, Messenger and BBM, but WhatsApp has captured people’s hearts, and is here to stay.

Recently acquired by Facebook, WhatsApp has now started rolling out the voice calling feature (Only on Android for now, sorry!). Initially available to only a few of their 700 million monthly active users, WhatsApp is not making free voice calling available to all Android users.

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Activate WhatsApp Calling

If you’re on any other mobile OS, like iOS or BB, you’ll have to wait a bit. As you all know, iOS features only get released only after they have been perfected. But, for now, if you use Android, this guide will (Hopefully) help you activate WhatsApp calling on your device.

IPHONE USERS: Guide to activate WhatsApp calling on iPhone

If you’re ready to activate this feature, bear in mind the procedure isn’t as simple as just updating WhatsApp and start calling people. It involves a couple of steps which you need to do manually as well, which we’ve cleared up for you in our guide below:

  • Get the latest version of WhatsApp. The WhatsApp site version is 2.12.14 (As on the date of this article) but the latest version on Google Play is V2.12.5. Both versions should work, but older versions don’t support this feature for all users.
  • Once you’ve updated to the latest version of WhatsApp, you’ll need to ask someone who has the feature available to make a WhatsApp call to you.
  • Out of personal experience, giving a missed call does not work. You will need to accept the call, and talk for a few seconds to ensure activation.
  • After this is done, restart WhatsApp. If the feature has been enabled, you’ll see a new three tab theme. One for calls, one for chats and one for contacts.
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Image courtesy Google

I’ve used this feature extensively over the week that I’ve had it, and noticed that it’s clear only on WiFi or 4G networks. 3G and EDGE do not work well with WhatsApp calling (Presumably because it requires a faster, more stable connection) and even with WiFi or 4G, it’s not as clear as making a conventional phone call via your carrier network. Some of my friends have reported me as sounding “Tinny” or “Far-Away” and I can say the same about them, as well.

WhatsApp should fix these and improve the quality in the coming weeks, but until then, I’ll be sticking to good ol’ Airtel for making my calls. How did it work out for you? Did you manage to activate the feature using out guide? Let us know in the comments down below!