Some Android devices, such as Samsung phones, make this setting hidden in the phone app. Here’s how to find it:
- open the phone Application, click the three-dotted icon at the top right, then click Settings.
- You will see an option for Wi-Fi Calling. Click on it and toggle it.
- When it’s available, you’ll see Wi-Fi Calling next to your carrier’s name in your phone’s expanded notification center.
Can’t find the option on your Android phone? You need a SIM in your device for the option to appear (once you insert one, you may need to restart your phone). If you already have a SIM card, open Settings And type “Connect via Wi-Fiin the search bar at the top.
What you need to know about Wi-Fi calling
Wi-Fi calling is usually included in your current voice calling plan and counted as regular calls. If you have limited minutes, Wi-Fi calling will likely count as part of your balance. They should not incur additional fees, but we recommend that you double-check that carriers do not always treat them the same way. If your service provider charges for Wi-Fi calling, it will be It’s time to find a better carrier.
One thing to note is that any international or long-distance charges you incur for voice calls will likely apply to Wi-Fi calling as well. Wi-Fi calling is not supported in every country. As an alternative, try using the calling function (voice or video) in VoIP messaging apps, such as WhatsApp, Google Duo, Telegram, Signal, WeChat and FaceTime. You will not bear any fees.
Carriers specify precisely when your phone should switch to Wi-Fi calling, but that’s not very consistent. If you find that your signal is strong enough not to turn on Wi-Fi but not good enough for clear calls, you can force it by turning on Airplane mode and then turning Wi-Fi back on. Just remember to turn off Airplane mode again after the call.
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