See that small telephone icon featured on WhatsApp?s popular logo? Well, we?ve always thought that it?s a joke since the messaging app has no feature that allows its users to call one another. But that may soon change as a WhatsApp voice calling feature has just been spotted in the wild. Here?s how you can get it.
Still in beta testing phase
This much anticipated WhatsApp voice calls was first noticed by a Reddit user a posted it in this thread that has already been deleted. But it wasn?t long until folks from XDA managed to come up with a way to activate it for our own application.
The feature is still in beta phase so a lot of users won?t be able to enjoy it. However, if you follow a guide posted by an XDA Member named ?shashanksetty? you can try it now provided you have a little knowledge in tweaking the Android system. It still remains to be seen when the Facebook-owned messaging service will roll it out. But if you?re not keen on waiting, check out the outlined procedure we provided below which is lifted from what the XDA dev has given.
Steps on how to enable WhatsApp calling feature
- Make sure that your Android device is rooted first. We?ve provided several guides on how to root ?various models. Click here to see if your phone is one of them.
- The WhatsApp application running on your device must be version 2.11.508 or higher. Here?s the download link to sideload the said version on your phone.
- Open the terminal emulator on your Android handset.
- Type in the following code:
- am start -n com.whatsapp/com.whatsapp.HomeActivity
- That?s it. The application should now open with the voice calling feature enabled.
- Remember that you can only use this if the contact you?re trying to call has also activated it on their own WhatsApp.
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