WhatsApp voice calling now available to all without an invite

WhatsApp on iOS
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If you’ve been impatiently waiting for an invite to try out the new WhatsApp calling feature, you’ll be glad to know someone finally flipped the switch for everybody.

The only catch is you need to make sure you have the most recent version of the app installed: you can grab it from the WhatsApp site, APK Mirror, or wait for version 2.12.19 to show up in Google Play.


Fire up WhatsApp next time you want to call one of your buddies.

Once you have this new feature enabled, you’ll see three new tabs in the interface: one for calls, chats, and contacts. The feature set is pretty straightforward, but at least you can switch to speakerphone and mute your microphone if needed during a call. 

Why this matters: Add WhatsApp to the strong group of contenders offering free phone calls for your Android device. Facebook also offers calling within its Messenger app, which the social network is trying to turn into a full-blown commerce platform. And don’t forget about Google’s Hangouts, which comes baked in right with Android.

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