How to Turn on Wi-Fi Calling in iOS 8 on iPhone

In iOS 8, you can make regular phone calls through Wi-Fi (if your carrier supports it). The feature is called Wi-Fi calling and is not very different from VoIP where you make calls through the Wi-Fi or data network.

Where it differs from VoIP (other than the core technical stuff) is that Wi-Fi calling doesn’t involve any extra app, accounts or most importantly – expenditure. All it needs is a Wi-Fi connection, an iPhone running iOS 8 and a carrier that supports Wi-Fi calling.

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How to Turn on Wi-Fi Calling in iOS 8 on iPhone

Here’s How to Enable Wi-Fi calling on your iPhone Running iOS 8:

Step #1. Open Settings

Step #2. Tap on Phone

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Step #3. Under the label Calls, tap on Wi-Fi Calls

Wifi Calls on iOS 8

Step #4. Switch on Allow Wi-Fi Calls

Turn on Wi-Fi Calling in iOS 8 on iPhone

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Step #5. An alert will pop up. Tap on Ok. (more on this alert later)

That’s about it. Once you switch this on, you will be able to make calls through Wi-Fi instead of cellular. However, there’s a lot of subtext to this that you should know. Read on.

Note: If you are using AT&T on iPhone Running iOS 9 then read this.

Feature Availability

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Currently, T-Mobile (US) and EE(UK) support Wi-Fi calling. Users who are on T-Mobile or EE can make Wi-Fi calls from their iPhones. You just make a call as you’d normally do – but the carrier name on the status bar will change to “T-Mobile Wi-Fi” (or EE WiFi). That’s an indication that you are making a Wi-Fi call.

More carriers will be joining the elite club to offer Wi-Fi calling for iPhone users.

Interestingly, there could be device limitations too. For instance, in the case of T-Mobile, Wi-Fi calling is not available for iPhone 5 and I don’t know why that is so (not yet).

Alert: Wi-Fi Calling Will Disable A Part of Continuity

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When you turn on Wi-Fi calling, you will not be able to use one aspect of Continuity: calls. Remember that feature where you can make/pick calls from any device? That won’t work.

Again, I don’t know if this is some sort of a limitation. Anyway, that alert in #5 informs of you this. And to enable Wi-Fi calling, you have to let go of the Continuity feature.

One scenario I can think of is that you turn on Wi-Fi calling only when you make calls. At home, when you are working on your iPad or computer, turn it off so you can get calls on any connected device.

Dhvanesh Adhiya
Dhvanesh Adhiya is our editor-in-chief and reviewer who takes care of He is passionate for wonderful apps that change the way your iPhone interacts in your life.



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