One of the key features for WhatsApp is the ability to make and receive calls over Wi-FI without burning through precious call-time minutes on your cell phone plan. To make a call through WhatsApp, the person you're calling must also have the app installed and set up on their phone to receive calls. Thanks to WhatsApp's integration into the iOS contacts infrastructure, it's as easy making a call through the phone app… assuming people still use their iPhones as actual phones.

How to place a call with WhatsApp for iPhone

WhatsApp makes it easy to find the person you want to call. You can call a friend directly from their contact card, right from a chat, and from your own call history.

How to place a call from a contact card with WhatsApp for iPhone

  1. Launch WhatsApp from the Home screen.
  2. Tap the Contacts tab on the bottom menu.
  3. Tap the contact you want to call.
  4. Tap the phone button next to their mobile phone number on their contact info to place a WhatsApp call.

How to place a call from a chat with WhatsApp for iPhone

  1. Launch WhatsApp from the Home screen.
  2. Tap the Chats tab on the bottom menu.
  3. Tap the chat conversation with the person you want to call.
  4. Tap the phone button in the top-right corner.

How to place a call from the recent calls tab with WhatsApp for iPhone

  1. Launch WhatsApp from the Home screen.
  2. Tap the Recents tab to show your WhatsApp call log.
  3. Tap a recent call to call back said person (missed calls are highlighted in red).

How to view a chat while on a call in WhatsApp for iPhone

When you're making a call, WhatsApp gives you some call options. You should be familiar with Mute and Speakerphone, which are features that basically speak for themselves. The other option is Message, which brings you straight into the WhatsApp chat conversation of the person you are calling. It's a simple way to share something like an address or refer back to something said in chat.

  1. When in a call, tap the Messages button. It is the chat bubble in a circle right underneath your contact's photo. This opens your shared chat history.
  2. View or send messages in the chat window. The status bar will turn green and show the call details.
  3. Tap the status bar to return to the call screen.

How to answer or decline a call in WhatsApp for iPhone

If you've ever answered a call on your iPhone, you know exactly how to answer a WhatsApp call. Its the same process, except the call is conducted over Wi-Fi and not your cellular data.

When a call comes in, you have a few options:

  • Tap Accept to answer the call.
  • Tap Decline to ignore the call.
  • Tap Message to decline the call and send a message.

  • Tap remind me to decline the call and receive a reminder to call them back later.

(Apologies to Carly Rae Jepsen)