Although not yet officially confirmed, many users have been reporting the rollout of a new feature on their WhatsApp clients to make VoIP calls to other WhatsApp users. Although at the moment the only way to get it is by receiving a call from a user who already has the feature, it’s also possible to unlock the feature if you have a rooted device.
The news, discovered on a Reddit thread, has now been published on several other mobile news venues like AndroidPolice, which has confirmed that the update is being cascaded out based on making calls to other users to expand the activation.
How to activate WhatsApp voice calls with no invitation
First of all, we need to point out that this process is not official and has not been fully verified, but many users of the aforementioned sites have confirmed that it works.
- You’ll need to have rooted your Android using any of the methods available for that purpose.
- You’ll also need Android 4.4 Kit-Kat or higher, although Lollipop is preferable.
- Next, install the latest version of WhatsApp (2.11.508).
- Open the console of your Android device. If you’re not familiar with how to connect your device to a PC via development environments, the best thing would be to install the Android Terminal Emulator app, which will let you open it directly on your smartphone.
- Type in: am start -n com.whatsapp/com.whatsapp.HomeActivity
- Make a call to another contact that also has the latest version of WhatsApp and have that person call you right back so that both devices get the new feature.