Setting Wi-Fi Calling on Your Device

Wi-Fi Calling is an impressive boon that allows the user of Apple device to make and receive calls via Wi-Fi instead of cellular connection. Naturally, the top purpose of that feature is to enable calling in the areas where cellular coverage is scarce or absent.

Let us offer you a few procedures of Wi-Fi Calling for your iPhone, Mac or Apple Watch. Depending on what device you have, the procedure will slightly vary.

There are a few general prerequisites

  • iPhone 5c or later model, other devices are not so demanding
  • A supported carrier. Check at Apple products guide if your carrier supports Wi-Fi Calling. While the four biggest US carriers (Sprint, T-Mobile, AT&T and Verizon) provide full support, others may only support certain models.
  • A sufficiently modern operating system. Older OS’s may lack the support of the feature. Certainly, High Sierra, iOS 11 or Watch OS 4 will suffice in any case. For more detailed info on the supported OS’s see below.

Enabling Wi-Fi Calling: iPhone

  • Launch Settings
  • Head to Phone > Wi-Fi Calling
  • Select Wi-Fi Calling on This iPhone
  • Confirm by Tapping Enable in the prompt

With Wi-Fi Calling enabled, there should be Wi-Fi following your carrier’s name in the status bar. That means your calls are now routed over Wi-Fi.

Wi-Fi Calling doesn’t require any special apps or call techniques. You just get a seamless integration with your iPhone meaning you can call in your usual way. But you no longer depend on the cellular connection, which can be weak in some places especially when you travel in a remote area or simply spend your time in some out-and-about environment like library or café. One additional positive point is that such alternative way of calling is often cheaper than cellular connection so you may even save on it.

iCloud-Connected Devices

The ability of Wi-Fi Calling is also possible for your other Apple devices, even if they are on different Wi-Fi networks.

However, the requirements are somewhat longer for this case.

  • The supported carrier as in the above case. You should check the support of your particular carrier.
  • Make sure to sign into iCloud with the same Apple ID across all your Apple Devices.
  • Apple Watch running watchOS 2 or later.
  • Mac (late 2012 or later) running El Capitan or later.
  • iPad running iOS 9 or later.

Calling from Apple Watch

You can make and receive calls over Wi-Fi from your Apple Watch.

  • Start Phone app on your Apple Watch.
  • Find a contact by browsing the Contacts or just tap Keypad and dial the number.
  • Tap the Call icon.

Calling from Your Mac

You can use Wi-Fi Calling from your Mac too to make and receive calls.

Prior to Wi-Fi Calling, you should authorize your Mac from your iPhone. This is how to do it.

  • On iPhone, select Settings > Phone > Wi-Fi Calling.
  • Turn on Wi-Fi Calling, then Calls on Other Devices.
  • Enable to allow calls on your Mac.
  • Tap Add Wi-Fi Calling For Other Devices.

Now you need to enable Wi-Fi Calling on your Mac.

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Easy Configuration of Wi-Fi Calling on Your Mac: Division into FaceTime Settings

  • Start FaceTime on your Mac.
  • In the top menu bar, choose FaceTime > Preferences.
  • Enable Calls from iPhone.
  • Tap Upgrade to Wi-Fi Calling.
  • Enter the code (6 digits) that appears on your iPhone, then tap Allow.

That’s all, and now you can communicate over Wi-Fi directly from your Mac.

Making Calls from iPad

To begin with, authorize your iPad from iPhone. This is how you should do it.

  • On your iPhone, start Settings > Phone > Wi-Fi Calling.
  • Enable Wi-Fi Calling, then turn on Calls on Other Devices.
  • Enable to allow calls on your iPad.
  • Tap Add Wi-Fi Calling For Other Devices.

Now enable Wi-Fi Calling on your iPad.

  • Start Settings on your iPad.
  • Head to FaceTime > Calls from iPhone.
  • Tap Upgrade to Wi-Fi Calling.
  • Enter the 6-digit code (appears on your iPhone) then tap Allow.

At this point, you can already make and receive calls over Wi-Fi right from your iPad.

Disabling Wi-Fi Calling on iCloud-Connected Devices

Suppose you no longer want to use Wi-Fi Calling on your iPad or Mac. In this case, the sequence is as follows.

  • Start Settings on your iPhone.
  • Go to Phone > Calls on Other Devices.
  • Disable Wi-Fi Calling on your iPad or Mac.

If you wish to turn off Wi-Fi Calling on your Apple Watch, follow this path.

  • Start Watch app on your iPhone.
  • Switch to My Watch tab.
  • Tap Phone.
  • Disable Wi-Fi Calling.

A Few Words on Troubleshooting

If your Wi-Fi Calling just won’t work on your Apple device, you are welcome to use the following troubleshooting hints.

  • Make sure your Apple device and your carrier both support Wi-Fi Calling.
  • Try to connect to a different Wi-Fi network, since not all Wi-Fi networks work well with Wi-Fi Calling.
  • On your iPhone, head to Settings > General > Reset and then tap Reset Network Settings.
  • Restart your iPhone.
  • If everything fails, try to restore your iPhone from iTunes.

Making Calls over Wi-Fi across All Your Apple Device

An important benefit of the Apple ecosystem is that all the community can enjoy a close integration between Apple services. In the particular case with Wi-Fi Calling, this means that you can smoothly make and receive Wi-Fi supported calls across all your Apple devices, even with poor cellular connection.