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How do I set up WiFi Calling on iPhone?

WiFi Calling on iPhone
How to stay connected in phone signal “not-spots”

Despite sounding like the world’s most boring music festival, WiFi Calling could make a genuine difference to how you communicate. The premise is phenomenally simple: when you’ve got a dodgy phone signal, send texts and make calls over WiFi instead. That’s it.

It means that you can call your granny from the Bakerloo line or order a curry to a campsite in rural Wales – as long as there’s a WiFi router nearby, you’re golden. Here’s how to set up WiFi Calling on iPhones.

WiFi Calling on iPhone: who supports it, who doesn’t

However, before we get started, there’s a bit of bad news: not all networks support WiFi Calling on iPhones. At the time of writing, the tool was only available to BT Mobile (if you also have a BT landline), EE, FreedomPop (me neither), iD Mobile, O2, Three and Vodafone customers.

You’ll have noticed that several big-hitters are missing from that list – Tesco, Sky, Virgin Mobile and GiffGaff, j’accuse – but WiFi Calling seems such a no-brainer that we hope they’ll catch up eventually.

Unfortunately, the caveats continue: as WiFi Calling is a new innovation, it’s not available on older handsets. This will cause a major migraine for Android users, but iPhone users can feel pretty smug as, depending on the network, all iterations after the iPhone 6 (and, in some cases, even iPhone 5c) are covered.

So, without further ado, here’s how to enable the function. It should take all of ten seconds…

  • Make sure that you’re running the latest version of iOS, the iPhone’s operating system
  • Connect your phone to the WiFi
  • Tap the Settings | Phone | Wi-Fi Calling
  • Switch on “Wi-Fi Calling on This iPhone”

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Max Figgett

Max has written for numerous websites and magazines over the years. Whether it’s about ancient hardware or software secrets, no Big Tech Question is too obscure for him to tackle.

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  • Hi Max,

    Can you help me as I am losing the will to live with BT

    Moved into our new house 8 years ago, No mobile signal (unless I stood outside with my pants on my head and a wire coat hanger stuck up my backside to get a signal on my mobile. BT installed our phones and broadband, but being 9 km from the exchange and on copper wire we struggled for 6 years to get 0.45mb.

    The village switched over to a private 4G network 2 years and BINGO we got 12MB and I could get WiFi calling on my mobile.

    Superfast BB came to our village 2 months ago, offering a package to save £20 per month and give us 40mb unlimited speed. I stupidly decided to change.

    Now it seems I cant get WiFi calling on my O2 mobile. I have now wasted 2 hrs talking with idiots at BT with no answers to resolve the issue.
    I’m back on the hamster wheel of doom with BT.

    Can you help Max?

    Kindest regards

    Adam

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