WhatsApp is rolling out the voice calling feature to all Android users. WhatsApp, the most popular messaging app in the world with over 700 million monthly active users, recently introduced this feature and initially it was available to only a handful of users. However, since then WhatsApp is making free voice calling available to all Android users.
If you are not on Android you’ll have to wait a while to get this feature. But if you use Android, and haven’t yet activated voice calling on WhatsApp, you can follow this procedure. If these steps don’t work, it’s possible WhatsApp has temporarily paused the rollout, and you should try again after some time.
If you are ready to activate WhatsApp free voice calling, remember the process isn’t as simple as updating WhatsApp to start using these features. It involves a couple more steps that you need to follow. We’ve described these below, so take a look to enable voice calling on WhatsApp for Android.
Download the latest version of WhatsApp for Android from here. The latest version on WhatsApp’s website is 2.12.14, but if you’re downloading from Google Play, ensure that your device has version 2.11.561. Older versions don’t support this feature for all users.
Once you have the latest version of WhatsApp installed on your Android phone, ask someone who has WhatsApp calling enabled to make a WhatsApp call to your number.
Multiple users have reported that giving a missed call doesn’t work. You’ll have to receive the call and wait for a few seconds before disconnecting to activate WhatsApp voice calling.
When the feature is enabled on your smartphone, you’ll see a new three-tab layout on WhatsApp, one each for Calls, Chats and Contacts.
Have you used WhatsApp calling on Android? Does the feature work well? Let us know via the comments.