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Wi-Fi Calling

Do you have to stand outside your house to use your cell phone because your cell service inside is weak?

If so — and you’d prefer to stay inside — set your phone to make calls using your strong home Wi-Fi internet service rather than your weak cellular service. This is called “Wi-Fi Calling.” (If the cell service inside your house is fine, you don’t need to turn on Wi-Fi Calling.)

To turn on Wi-Fi Calling on your iPhone:
Settings > Phone > Wi-Fi Calling > Wi-Fi Calling on this Phone (slide to on) > Enable.

To turn on Wi-Fi Calling on your Android Phone:
Home Screen > Apps > Settings > Connections > Wi-Fi On (if it’s not already) > More connection settings > Wi-Fi Calling > On.

You may also be asked to enter your local address. Apparently emergency services cannot detect your location if you call 911 using Wi-Fi the way it can when it bounces off a cell tower. So, enter your address.

To learn more about Wi-Fi Calling for your specific cell phone carrier, go to your carrier’s website.