How to enable Wi-Fi Calling on your iPhone

BY Osas Obaizamomwan

Published 1 Oct 2015

Wi-Fi calling uses your current Wi-Fi network to make phone calls with little or no cellular coverage. This is a very useful feature for folks that get poor coverage in their homes. If your house has Wi-Fi you can supplement your weak cellular coverage with the stronger Wi-Fi reception to make better calls.

Currently, Wi-Fi calling is available for these carriers in the United States and Internationally:

  • Canada: Bell, Rogers
  • Hong Kong: 3, SmarTone
  • United Kingdom: EE, Vodafone
  • United States: AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile

Wi-Fi calling is also available on the iPhone 5c, iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus. You’ll need to check in with your wireless carrier to see if they support your older device.

How to enable Wi-Fi Calling on your iPhone

  • To enable Wi-Fi calling, go to Settings -> Phone -> Wi-Fi Calling.  You may need to enter or confirm your address for emergency services.
  • If Wi-Fi Calling is available on your device, you’ll see Wi-Fi Calling on This Phone. Tap on the slider to enable this feature. Also, make sure to read the fine print, as they may differ from carrier to carrier. Once you tap the slider, you receive a pop-up message and must tap Enable. 

Enable iPhone Wi-Fi calling

For AT&T users, and possibly other carriers, you may see this message after enabling Wi-Fi calling.

Unavailable - Wi-Fi Calling

Looks like the option hasn’t been pushed to all devices for now. You can also call your carrier and check on availability dates as well.

Wi-Fi Calling is a super useful feature for pretty much everyone. Whether you have bad reception in your home or simply want to use as little cellular time as possible, Wi-Fi Calling is a life-saver.

Let us know what you think of Wi-Fi calling in the comment section.