Don’t you just hate it when you go to make a phone call and there’s no signal? Now there’s an iPhone feature that will come in handy!
Poor cell coverage? Activate this feature
By activating Wi-Fi Calling, you can make a call with little or no cellular coverage by using a Wi-Fi connection instead, according to Apple. So if you have a dead spot in your office building, you may be able to use your company’s Wi-Fi to successfully make a call.
Just go to Settings > Phone > Wi-Fi Calling to activate this feature. You’ll probably need to enter or confirm your address for emergency services.
Here’s the fine print from Apple’s website to explain exactly what that means:
When cellular service is available, your iPhone uses it for emergency calls. If you turned on Wi-Fi Calling and cellular service isn’t available, emergency calls might use Wi-Fi calling. Your device’s location may be used to aid response efforts when you place an emergency call, regardless of whether you enable Location Services.
To use Wi-Fi Calling, you must have an iPhone 5c or later model, according to Apple’s website. The feature is supported by all four major wireless providers in the United States: Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile. To see a full list of carriers, click here.
If you have an Android device, Wi-Fi Calling may be an option for you as well. Check your settings to find out.
We should mention that Wi-Fi Calling isn’t the same as Wi-Fi Assist, an iPhone feature that switches from a Wi-Fi network to a cell network if there’s a weak Wi-Fi signal — and can lead to surprise overage charges.