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How to Enable WhatsApp Voice Calling Feature for Android Smartphones for Free


WhatsApp voice calling feature is the latest news dominating the numerous tech sites.

This is true, because this application is one of the most sought after apps, as far as instant messaging is concerned.

WhatsApp has more than 700 million users worldwide and with such a massive user base, the news of the introduction of a new WhatsApp voice calling feature comes as a blessing in disguise to this huge user base. Despite the widespread news about this feature, there are only a few Android users who have already seen and used the feature on their devices. This is mainly because the voice calls have not been availed on all Android devices, just yet, and instead, users must get them on an invite-only basis.

This is WhatsApp’s way of testing the feature with a limited number of users as releasing the beta version to the public would definitely hamper the testing process. Since it started showing up in WhatsApp APK 2.11.528, it has been on and off. However, those who have already activated the feature are not affected by this enabling and disabling of the voice calling feature by WhatsApp developers.

WhatsApp voice calling feature follows the release of WhatsApp Web for PC

WhatsApp recently released a WhatsApp Web client, which, the users of this app can use, to access its services from a PC. This is an amazing addition to the users of WhatsApp, as they will no longer depend on the phones only to access WhatsApp or use emulators so as to bring the app to the desktop environment.

A few weeks after the release of the PC client, WhatsApp followed it with the launching of WhatsApp voice calls on a beta version of the app. Since then, the story has been the same on all beta versions of this instant messaging app. All of these changes and developments can be attributed to its takeover by Facebook, which happened last February.

WhatsApp voice calling feature for all users to be out soon

It has been more than a month since the new WhatsApp voice calling feature started showing up. Over this period, changes have been introduced in the subsequent beta versions of the app, which were released after the debut version. The first version of WhatsApp that supported voice calls could only be used on the Android 5.0 Lollipop devices. However, with regular updates, users of the other Android operating systems like KitKat and Jelly Bean started reporting this feature on their devices.

While this feature was meant for a few users to test, it suddenly spread like a virus and soon, dozens of other people have received the feature on their devices. This is one major reason why WhatsApp regularly enabled and disabled the feature on different APK files.

Despite the availability of this feature on beta versions of WhatsApp, it was not available in the official Google Play Store. This had to wait until the release of WhatsApp 2.12.5 stable version that can be downloaded from the official Play Store.

How to enable WhatsApp voice calls on Android

As noted above, the latest stable version of WhatsApp that is also available for free download from the official Google Play Store, is v2.12.5. This application comes equipped with the new WhatsApp voice calling feature and in order to get it activated on your device, here is a simple guide.

First of all you need to ensure you have updated to the latest version of WhatsApp. This application also works well with devices running on Android 2.1 and above. After you have installed the latest update, you need to find someone who has the feature active on their device. After this person calls you, restart the WhatsApp application and the feature will be activated on your Android phone.

WhatsApp video calling feature to follow

Soon after the official release of WhatsApp voice calling feature, there is word on the street that the company will go ahead and launch a WhatsApp video calling feature for all users. This is a good move for this messenger and for it to work perfectly; it only requires the voice calling feature to be in the best shape.

This is however still speculation and WhatsApp has not confirmed anything about this video calling feature. If released, other messengers like Viber, Skype, WeChat and Line will have no chance against WhatsApp as far as global popularity is concerned.