Lost Connection? How to Enable Wi-Fi Calling

Losing cell service can be frustrating, especially when we rely on our smartphones to stay connected. Often, losing cell service is not even due to your own fault, as there are sometimes nationwide outages based on providers. But fear not, there’s a solution that can keep you connected even without cell service. In this article, we’ll explain what Wi-Fi calling is, why it’s beneficial, and how you can enable Wi-Fi calling on your Android or iOS device.

What is Wi-Fi Calling?

Wi-Fi calling is a feature that allows you to make and receive phone calls and send text messages using a Wi-Fi network, even if you don’t have a cellular network signal. It essentially uses your internet connection to establish a connection and transmit your voice and data.

Enabling Wi-Fi Calling on Android:

  1. Open the Settings app on your Android device.
  2. Look for the “Network & internet” or “Connections” option and tap on it.
  3. Locate and tap on the “Wi-Fi Calling” or “Advanced Calling” option.
  4. Toggle the switch to enable Wi-Fi calling.
  5. Follow any on-screen instructions to complete the setup process.

Read More: Enable Wi-Fi Calling on Android devices

Enabling Wi-Fi Calling on iOS (iPhone):

  1. Open the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Scroll down and tap on “Phone” or “Cellular” (depending on your iOS version).
  3. Look for the “Wi-Fi Calling” option and tap on it.
  4. Toggle the switch to enable Wi-Fi calling.
  5. Follow any prompts or on-screen instructions to complete the setup process.

Read More: Enable Wi-Fi Calling on iOS (Apple) Devices

How To Know If My Cell Phone is Android or iOS:

Android and iOS are the two most common operating systems for cell phones and tablets. A good rule of thumb is if your phone is an Apple iPhone, it will use iOS; if your phone is any other manufacturer (Samsung, Google, etc.) it is likely using the Android operating system. 

Why Should You Use Wi-Fi Calling?

Stay connected anywhere: Wi-Fi calling ensures that you can make and receive calls, send texts, and even use other internet-dependent apps when you have access to a Wi-Fi network, even if you’re in an area with poor cellular coverage.

Save money: If you have limited cellular minutes or are traveling internationally, Wi-Fi calling allows you to make free calls to friends and family in your home country or avoid exorbitant roaming charges.

Better call quality: Wi-Fi calling often provides clearer voice quality, thanks to the stability and speed of most Wi-Fi networks. It reduces the chances of dropped calls or garbled audio, ensuring your conversations are more pleasant and reliable.

Tips for Optimal Wi-Fi Calling Experience:

Ensure a strong Wi-Fi signal: Make sure you’re connected to a reliable Wi-Fi network with a strong signal to avoid call quality issues. This is important to note: Wi-Fi calling is beneficial as long as you are in a location (like your home) with a strong, safe wireless internet connection.

Keep your device updated: Regularly update your Android or iOS device to ensure you have the latest software enhancements, including improvements to Wi-Fi calling.

Disable cellular data: To prevent any interference, you can turn off cellular data when using Wi-Fi calling exclusively.

Be aware of emergency calls: While Wi-Fi calling can be a lifesaver, it’s important to note that emergency calls may have limitations. It’s always recommended to have access to traditional cell service for emergencies.

Wi-Fi calling is a valuable feature for seniors who may experience spotty cell service but have access to a reliable Wi-Fi network. By enabling Wi-Fi calling on your Android or iOS device, you can stay connected, save money on international calls, and enjoy clearer voice quality. Now, you can confidently stay in touch with loved ones, no matter where you are.

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