How to make WhatsApp phone calls

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How to make WhatsApp phone calls? How to make a phone call with Whatsapp? Voice calling, even internationally, is easy with this messaging app.

WhatsApp is a popular messaging app with over a billion users. It has grown in popularity, in part, because it allows you to communicate for free and probably also because it offers more privacy; everything it sends is fully encrypted. That's not all: it's also ad-free, which is more than can be said of many other messaging apps. Here's how to use WhatsApp to make a call.

Understanding WhatsApp

WhatsApp is an app that uses data instead of cellular voice services to make text messages and voice calls. This means that you can use it even if you are traveling abroad or are somewhere without a network. In fact, WhatsApp is popular with international travelers who rely on WhatsApp to avoid purchasing international data plans.

As long as you have a Wi-Fi connection, you can make a WhatsApp call. If you don't have Wi-Fi, WhatsApp will use data from your mobile plan, which could lead to data charges.

On the other hand, WhatsApp is also simple to use, as it builds on your existing address book and doesn't require you to find people with usernames or email addresses.

How to make a call on WhatsApp

  1. Launch the WhatsApp app.
  2. If you're not already on the Calls page, tap Call at the top of the screen.
  3. Tap the button Call, which is the green phone icon at the bottom of the screen. 
  4. Find the person you want to call from the contact list. The WhatsApp contact list you see here is actually your phone's default contact list. If you don't see the person you want to call, you can tap New contact and add the person to your contact list. You must enter the person's phone number in the new contact entry, as WhatsApp uses phone numbers to identify users. 
  5. When you find the person you want to call, tap the phone icon to the right of their name. If the person is able to take a call and answer, the call is initiated. From here, it works like a phone call using any messaging app or phone. 

If a contact calls you, you can accept or decline an incoming call. To accept the call, swipe the green button on the phone. You can reject the call by sliding the red button or reject the call with a short text answer by sliding the text button.

How to make a group call on WhatsApp

You are not limited to calls to individuals; you can also make group calls. 

  1. Launch the WhatsApp app.
  2. If you're not already on the Calls page, tap Call at the top of the screen.
  3. Tap the button Call at the bottom of the screen. 
  4. Toccata New group call .
  5. On the New Group Call page, tap each person you want to add as a participant in the call. You can put up to three people on the call (for a total of four, including yourself). 
  6. When you are ready to initiate the call, tap the button call at the top of the screen. 

Further Reading:

  • How to make WhatsApp calls using the Google Assistant
  • How to receive and make calls from your PC
  • 3 ways to disable Whatsapp calls
  • How to know if you have been blocked on WhatsApp
  • How to hide the WhatsApp profile photo from a contact without blocking it

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