Your friends have told you that it is possible to make free calls via WhatsApp but unfortunately you cannot enable this function on your mobile? Really weird. WhatsApp introduced the possibility of making calls via VoIP, that is, via the Internet, in the second quarter of 2015 and by now almost all users should be able to take advantage of it. Just select a contact and press the handset icon located at the top right.
The feature is available on Android, iPhone, Windows Phone and BlackBerry 10, so the only plausible answer to your problem is that you haven't updated the application to the latest version yet… or maybe you have a Symbian smartphone? In the latter case, I'm sorry, but unfortunately there is nothing you can do. You can just cross your fingers and wait for the app to update.
If you use an Android smartphone, an iPhone, a Windows Phone or a BlackBerry terminal, you can activate calls on WhatsApp opening the store of your smartphone and installing the latest version of the application available for download. It is not difficult, indeed. It will take you a couple of minutes at the most to complete the entire procedure. Do not you believe it? Then read the instructions below and try to put them into practice.
How to update WhatsApp to the latest version available
As just mentioned, however activate calls on WhatsApp just install the latest version of the application on your mobile. Let's find out how to do it together.
If you use an Android terminal, to manually update the applications installed on your mobile you have to open the Google Play Store (the white bag icon with the "play" symbol found on the Android main screen) and press the ad icon hamburger which is at the top left (the three horizontal lines).
At this point, select the voice My apps from the menu that appears, search for WhatsApp in the list of applications to be updated and start the download by pressing first on its icon and then on the buttons Update e Accept.
To activate the update of WhatsApp (and all other applications on your smartphone), go back to the Play Store home page, press the ad icon hamburger che si trova in alto a sinistra e seleciona la voce Settings from the menu that appears. Then tap on the item Automatic app update e scegli l'opzione Automatic app update via Wi-Fi only give the riquadro che si apre.
Note: the first version of WhatsApp for Android to introduce VoIP calls was 2.12.19 released in March 2015.
Do you use an iPhone? Then to install the latest version of WhatsApp you have to open theApp Store (the blue icon with the letter "A" in the center) and press the button Updates you see at the bottom right.
On the screen that opens, locate the WhatsApp icon, press the button Update placed next to the latter and that's it.
To activate the automatic app update, go to Settings iPhone (the gear icon located on the home screen), select the item App Store and iTunes Store from the screen that opens and moves up ON the lever relative to Updates.
Note: the first version of WhatsApp for iOS to introduce VoIP calls was 2.12.1 released in April 2015.
If you have a Windows Phone you can update WhatsApp to the latest version available by opening the Windows Store, pressing the icon [...] and selecting the voice Settings give the menu to compare.
In the screen that opens you must therefore press the button for the search for updates and wait for the download of all the updates available for the apps installed on the phone. To activate theaggiornamento automatico of apps, move to ON the appropriate lever that is on the screen where you are and that's it.
Note: the first version of WhatsApp for Windows Phone to introduce VoIP calls was 2.12.60 released in June 2015.
Finally, if you have a BlackBerry terminal equipped with the BlackBerry 10 operating system, update WhatsApp to the latest version available by opening BlackBerry World, swiping to the left and selecting items My World> My apps and games give the menu to compare.
In the screen that opens, presses the button [...] and select the item to start searching for updates to start updating all apps on the device.
Note: the first version of WhatsApp for BlackBerry 10 to introduce VoIP calls was 2.12.12 released in April 2015.
How to make calls on WhatsApp
After updating the application to the latest version available, you can activate calls on WhatsApp simply by selecting the tab Chat of the app, selecting the name of the person to call and pressing the icon of handset located at the top right of the screen that opens.
Alternatively, if you are using an Android terminal, you can also select the tab Call of WhatsApp, press the icon of handset at the top right and select the contact to call from the screen that opens.
WhatsApp calls are totally free, even if your interlocutor is abroad, but obviously if you are connected in 3G / LTE they consume data traffic.
If you want to minimize the consumption of WhatsApp calls, go to the menu Settings of the app and move to ON the relative levetta all'opzione Reduced data consumption. In this way the traffic consumption by VoIP calls will be low, but their audio quality will not always be optimal. Then don't tell me I didn't warn you!