WhatsApp, the popular social media app for Android and iPhone, has been gradually rolling out new features since it was purchased by Facebook last year.
And today, after months of waiting, free voice calling as finally come to iOS in an update to the app.
Free voice calls for iOS WhatsApp users
The free voice service was already available on Android, but it’s only just been added to the latest version of WhatsApp, which is now live in the App Store, calling support included.
However, the new feature isn’t actually yet available for everyone just yet, as the company said in its changelog notes, that it will be rolling out steadily by flipping a switch on their servers. So don’t worry if you’ve already updated the app and don’t see any support for voice calling.
How does it work? It’s done over Wi-Fi in much the same way as Skype and apps like Viber. That means that the other party must also have WhatsApp installed for it to work.
Besides voice calling over Wi-Fi, the update for iOS also includes better sharing options – for example, select a photo in the Photos app and tap share, after which you’ll see the option to share directly into a WhatsApp message. There’s also a new camera button that lets you more easily add photos (or take a snap) in a chat.
With WhatsApp having recently passed the 800 million active users mark (as announced last week by CEO Jan Koum), a lot of people now have the possibility to use WhatsApp solely as their free calling app.
Let us know in the comments below if you’re a WhatsApp user, and what you think of the service in general.