Call in real time to anywhere in the world and do so without having to pay by the minute… Or having to pay at all!

Sometimes, texting and video messaging just doesn't cut it. Maybe it just feels a little impersonal or maybe you just can't wait to hear a loved one's voice in real time, instead of some pre-recorded message.

WhatsApp still has you covered with their wonderful call feature. You can place and receive calls via an internet connection and it doesn't cost you a penny (except, perhaps, for data charges). Who you gonna call? You decide!

How to make calls with WhatsApp

There are two methods to make calls with WhatsApp. I'll go over both here, just in case you feel like switching it up now and then.

Make a WhatsApp call from the Calls screen

  1. Launch WhatsApp from your Home screen or from the app drawer.
  2. Tap Calls on the upper left of your screen, or swipe right to view your call log.
  3. Tap the phone button at the top right of your screen. It's the little phone receiver with the plus sign.

    Launch WhatsApp, tap calls, phone button

  4. Tap the contact you'd like to call.

    1. Tap the red phone button to end the call.
    2. Tap the redial button if you'd like to call someone you've called before. It's the telephone receiver on the right of the contact in your call log.

      Choose a contact, red button to end call, redial if desired

Make a WhatsApp call from the Contacts screen

  1. Launch WhatsApp from your Home screen or from the app drawer.
  2. Tap Contacts on the upper right of your screen, or swipe left to view your contacts.
  3. Tap the contact you'd like to call.

    Tap contacts, choose a contact, phone icon

  4. Tap the phone button at the top of your screen. It's the telephone receiver.

  5. Tap the red phone button to end the call.

Now you'll be able to call other WhatsApp users any time of day, from anywhere you can connect to the internet (just don't forget about those possible data charges). Pro-tip: call friends on the other side of the world and speak at length about how cool it is that it's 4:30 a.m. where they are and only 6 p.m. where you are.

How to receive calls with WhatsApp

You've been waiting to hear about your best friend who's just gone into labor and that call finally comes that the baby's here and you have no clue how to pick it up! Don't panic. We've got you covered!

WhatsApp calls come in just like regular phone calls, so don't worry about missing them if you don't have the app open.

Accepting a WhatsApp call

  1. Slide the green phone icon to the right.
  2. Tap the red phone button to end the call, as shown above.

Declining a WhatsApp call

  1. Slide the red phone icon to the left.
  2. Tap the message icon at the bottom of the screen to decline with a message.

    Tap and slide to accept, tap to decline, decline with a message

Voilá! You're making and receiving calls like a big shot. Always keep in mind that any time you use WhatsApp with your mobile data, instead of using Wi-Fi, you may be racking up data charges, depending on your plan.