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How to make WiFi calls on your phone

by Kurt Knutsson

Spotty cell phone reception at home or work?

If you want to improve the quality of your phone calls and you have WiFi, do the following to allow your phone to make calls over wireless internet.  You’ll be amazed how much better calls will work.

How to make WiFi calls on your iOS phone

  • Click on “Settings”
  • Click “Cellular”
  • “Wi-Fi Calling”
  • Switch “Wi-Fi Calling on This iPhone” on
  • Click “Enable” Wi-Fi Calling”

 

How to make WiFi calls on your Android phone

  • Click on “Settings”
  • Click “Networks & Internet”
  • Click “Mobile Network”
  • Click “Advanced”
  • Click “Wi-Fi Calling”
  • Toggle on “Wi-Fi Calling”

 

How to make WiFi calls on your Samsung phone

    • Click the “Phone” icon
  • Tap the “More Options” (three three vertical dots)
  • Tap “Settings”
  • Tap “Wi-Fi Calling” and then toggle the switch to the right to turn the feature on.

 

The cost to do this is included in most plans.  When I travel overseas, I avoid roaming and international charges by typically making calls whenever I’m in a wifi setting.  Once you turn on WiFi Calling, your phone will automatically use a connected WiFi network and switch back to cellular when needed on its own.

If you’re relying on making these calls from home, be sure your wireless network is a good one. What you really want when your Internet wireless signal isn’t as strong in certain parts at home is more likely a wireless mesh router system that works with a couple to a few or several units plugged in around your home. What you’ll notice after upgrading to a good mesh system is reliable internet signal everywhere at home and seldom ever a bump in the road with all your connected devices.

My favorite wireless mesh router system pick is the eero 6 dual-band mesh WiFi system. My review of the eero here.

Upgrade advice: How to speed up your home WiFi - Eero

A family friend recently said to me, “hang on, I just need to get to the side window where there’s better service.”   It prompted me to share the above tip to turn on WiFi Calling.  It was a religious experience of magic for my friend who couldn’t believe that simple tweak could change everything about making calls from his home.

…Can you hear me now? : )

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Doing this today will help you find your lost phone in the future

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2 comments

Barb July 31, 2021 - 5:18 am

Thanks……this is a great tip!
Just a few questions: Do you need to constantly switch this capability on and off? Will the phone default to WiFi? If no WiFi is available, will the phone revert to using its network?
Thanks for providing some additional detail on this.

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Kurt Knutsson July 31, 2021 - 12:43 pm

Hi Barb – great question. I updated the article to show how once this is turned on, it will pick WiFi and cellular without your needing to activate each time. – Kurt

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