WhatsApp is one of the most popular social messengers of the current time. WhatsApp takes so less of your data packages and that’s the reason why many people chose this over their regular texting app for communicating with the people they love and care about. Unlike Viber, which is a direct competitor to WhatsApp, this one didn’t have a calling feature earlier. Now this Facebook owned messenger is finally rolling out a feature to make calls to your fellow WhatsApp users, but the calling options won’t be available to all WhatsApp users just yet. Only a few are given the privilege and when they make calls to the people in their friends list, that’s when they friends will get access to the calling features. And the chain reaction keeps happening until most of the WhatsApp users get their much desired calling feature.
WhatsApp Version for Calling Feature
To activate the feature, you need to have the latest version of WhatsApp installed on smartphone. Tablets without SIM cards can’t legally run WhatsApp; however you can always find a backdoor on Android. The Google Play Store version of WhatsApp with calling feature is numbered 2.12.5 and if you directly download the apk package from WhatsApp’s website, then download version 2.12.12. We suggest installing from WhatsApp website since the backdated Google Play Store version seem to not have the voice calling feature built-in yet. Install it on your smartphone and then begins the activation phase.
How to Get the Call Feature Activated?
Here’s the harder part. WhatsApp hasn’t made the process entirely open, rather you need to get an invitation from an existing user of call feature. The invitation comes in form of a call made from the user who is already using the call feature – it’s as simple as that.
There are countless apps on the internet that offers to activate your calling feature on WhatsApp. Some of those actually work, but if you use them consider yourself being in higher risk of getting blocked by WhatsApp by a long period of time – could be from 90 minutes to 90 days or infinity. The best policy you can follow right now is – wait for the official and legal procedures of activating calling feature on WhatsApp.
Comparing the WhatsAppcalling feature to other existing voice based messenger services like Skype, Viber and Hangouts; we would say this service is going to be more user oriented. WhatsApp has reached more people than the other ones mentioned because it runs on lower hardware resources, takes less data transmission and costs way lesser than any form of typical text messaging service.
The user experience and versatility of their devices would expand way further with WhatsApp’s voice calling feature. BBM was another messenger to join the voice calling feature fleet in last year February; however their service couldn’t make a vast difference probably because BBM is not much of a user oriented messenger. When voice calling becomes a common feature for all WhatsApp messengers, the overall user experience will certainly change a lot.
You can get WhatsApp calling on your smartphone right away through the backdoors, which we strongly discourage to do and hence provided no guidance for that. However, if you really want it that bad then ask any user who has the calling feature to give you a call and you can avail the calling feature on WhatsApp just right now.