How to Enable WhatsApp Calling Feature for Android for Rooted/Unrooted Device

Enable WhatsApp Calling Feature for Android:WhatsApp is the most globally popular messaging app with more than 600 million users.It is also the most downloaded and popular app Whether it is Android,BlackBerry,iPhone or Nokia smartphones.This app has served many mobile users to send text,pictures,videos.WhatsApp announced last year that it will come up with a new feature of calling via WhatsApp which will allow to make free calls over internet between WhatsApp users.This was clearly a way to give competition to Google hangouts and Skype.WhatsApp has given WhatsApp Calling Feature for Android in it’s latest version i.e. 2.11.508 but it is not as easy as simply updating the app.In this tutorial I will tell you the method by which you can Enable WhatsApp Calling Feature for Android for rooted/unrooted devices.

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How to Enable WhatsApp Calling Feature for Android

The voice calling feature is in it’s beta testing mode which means that this feature is available only for developers for testing purposes and hence not everyone would get WhatsApp calling feature.But after reading this tutorial you can easily Enable WhatsApp Calling Feature for Android whether rooted or unrooted.This feature is currently available for android users only.Before we start with the tutorial let us take a look on the requirements for using this feature.

Enable WhatsApp Calling Feature for Android

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Enable WhatsApp Calling Feature for Android:Minimum Requirements

  • Android OS version should be atleast 2.1
  • WhatsApp latest version.Click here to download
  • An active internet connection.

Tablet devices do not support the WhatsApp Calling feature.

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How to Enable WhatsApp Calling Feature for Android

  • The first step is to update your App to the latest version

Click here to download the latest version of WhatsApp for Android.

  • Install the updated version.
  • Now you need a person who has already activated the calling feature to call you in order to Enable WhatsApp Calling Feature for Android.
  • Once you receive a call, the voice calling feature will get activated on your WhatsApp and then you can also invite others by calling them.

You can wait to search/find a person with calling feature activated to call you or try the following methods to Enable WhatsApp Calling Feature for Android for rooted and unrooted devices.

Enable WhatsApp Calling Feature for Android [Rooted]

Make sure that your android phone is rooted and you have the latest version of WhatsApp installed before you proceed.

  • Install Terminal Emulator App on both the rooted Android device.
  • Now open the app and enter the code given below.

am start -n com.whatsapp / com.whatsapp.HomeActivity

Success! you have now Enable WhatsApp Calling Feature for Android on rooted phones

Alternate Method

  • Install ES File Explorer and Enable Root Explorer.
  • Now navigate to the following path

Device >> data >> data >> com.whatsapp >> shared_prefs

  • Here you will see some .xml files.Search for com.whatsapp_preferences.xml file
  • Tap on Edit to edit this file.Scroll down and look for </map> in the last line.
  • Add the following  line before </map> tag.

<boolean name=”call” value=”true”/><string name=”call_allowed”>all</string>

  • Save the file with the changes made by you as it is and close ES File Explorer
  • Go to Settings>App and Force Stop WhatsApp.

That’s all you need to do for now and now you will get a calling tab along with Chats and contacts.

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Enable WhatsApp Calling Feature for Android [UnRooted]

You will need ApkTool and Notepad++.Now follow this step by step guide

  • First Decompile WhatsApp
  • Now open Androidmanifest.xml
  • Search for the following code
<activity android:configChanges="keyboard|keyboardHidden|orientation|screenLayout|screenSize|smallestScreenSize|uiMode" android:hardwareAccelerated="false" android:name="com.whatsapp.Main">
                <action android:name="android.intent.action.MAIN"/>
               <category android:name="android.intent.category.LAUNCHER"/>
                <category android:name="android.intent.category.MULTIWINDOW_LAUNCHER"/>


  • Change the code from above to the one with below
<activity android:configChanges="keyboard|keyboardHidden|orientation|screenLayout|screenSize|smallestScreenSize|uiMode" android:hardwareAccelerated="false" android:name="com.whatsapp.Main"/>


  • Search for the following line
<activity android:configChanges="keyboard|keyboardHidden|orientation|screenLayout|screenSize|smallestScreenSize|uiMode" android:label="@string/app_name" android:launchMode="singleTask" android:name="com.whatsapp.HomeActivity" android:theme="@style/Theme.App.Home"/>
  • Now change this also to the following
 <activity android:configChanges="keyboard|keyboardHidden|orientation|screenLayout|screenSize|smallestScreenSize|uiMode" android:label="@string/app_name" android:launchMode="singleTask" android:name="com.whatsapp.HomeActivity" android:theme="@style/Theme.App.Home">
              <action android:name="android.intent.action.MAIN"/>
                <category android:name="android.intent.category.LAUNCHER"/>
                <category android:name="android.intent.category.MULTIWINDOW_LAUNCHER"/>
  • Compile it and sign
  • uninstall your previous WhatsApp app and Install this new modded app

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