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Following months of promises and multiple delays, Facebook-owned WhatsApp, which commands more than 800 million active users worldwide, on Tuesday started rolling a voice calling feature in its iPhone application.

WhatsApp Calling is a staggered release and will be rolling out “slowly over the next several weeks,” the company said, meaning it may not be available for you immediately.

In addition to calling other people for free over Wi-Fi networks, regardless of where they may live, the app has gained other enhancements, too, starting with a much welcomed app extension on iPhones running iOS 8. Sadly enough, this update hasn’t brought out support for iOS 8’s Interactive Notifications.

Using WhatsApp’s handy extension, it’s now easy to share links to articles and media from other apps using iOS 8’s multi-purpose Share widget. As the top screenshot shows, I was able to use the extension to send an iDB article URL to Sebastien, right from Safari.

And here’s sharing images to WhatsApp from Apple’s stock Photos app.

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As mentioned before, WhatsApp uses Wi-Fi networks for voice calling, so you won’t have to worry about international rate hikes. The app does not support VoIP calling over your cellular data connection as of yet.

Other new features and enhancements in this edition of WhatsApp include a faster way to snap up photos and capture videos in chats, using a quick camera access button.

Moreover, it is at last possible to send multiple videos at once, as well as crop and rotate videos before sending them. Here’s adding multiple videos to a WhatsApp chat, followed by rotating and cropping a single video before sending.

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As a bonus, you can now edit your phone contacts who are on WhatsApp right within the app itself (assuming you’ve allowed WhatsApp access to your phone’s contacts), without having to switch to Apple’s stock Contacts app.

WhatsApp 2.12.1 changelog:

  • WhatsApp Calling: Call your friends and family using WhatsApp for free, even if they’re in another country. WhatsApp calls use your phone’s Internet connection rather than your cellular plan’s voice minutes. Data charges may apply. Note: WhatsApp Calling is rolling out slowly over the next several weeks.
  • iOS 8 share extension: Share photos, videos, and links right to WhatsApp from other apps.
  • Quick camera button in chats: Now you can capture photos and videos, or quickly choose a recent camera roll photo or video.
  • Edit your contacts right from WhatsApp.
  • Send multiple videos at once and crop and rotate videos before sending them.

Although the groundwork for voice calling was actually laid in WhatsApp months ago, the feature wasn’t functional at the time. On jailbroken devices, a Cydia tweak titled WhatsApp Call Enabler saw to that.

Another tweak, WhatsApp Web Enabler, added the ability to access to WhatsApp’s web interface through the Safari browser, a feature the company rolled out to Google Chrome users on desktop back in January.

The iPhone-only app is 57 megabytes and requires iOS 6.0 or later.

Download WhatsApp free in the App Store.

  • YES

    FINALLY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! GODDAMN!!!

  • Anmol Malhotra

    Finally their 6-7 months of promises became a truth. Lol.

    • Do you know ANYTHING about WhatsApp Web for iOS? Thank you.

      • Anmol Malhotra

        Nothing bro. :/ I’ll contact the devs and will report it to you. 🙂

      • Thank you very much. I’m waiting that update more than the calling feature!

      • Dev Shah

        WhatsApp Web is avaliable through various tweaks on Cydia, i have installed a tweak named “watusi”

      • I don’t jailbreak anymore. But thanks for your reply!

      • dan

        whats the name of ur font ?

      • Dev Shah

        “Nova Square”

  • James

    They’ve only made the code live. The feature not actually active.

  • bdrsdki

    and about WhatsApp web ??

    • roger

      nothing .-.

  • hkgsulphate

    i jizzed in pants

  • Rounak

    Still No Interactive Notification Support i.e no Quick Reply..

    • Miqdad

      I second that. Been waiting for this a loong time

    • Jonathan

      iOS 8 only supports actions from notifications (see facebook notifications) not quick reply (see iMessage/SMS notifications).

    • Faisal

      Maybe they will add it after 8 months of iOS 9 release

  • Tdaniels

    Top two reasons I have not updated to iOS 8.3:
    *WhatsCallEnabler (been using it for a couple of months now)
    *BDaySpotify (enables premium Spotify for free!)

    i think it’s time to upgrade! I Want to use a 3rd party keyboard sooooooo bad! I just hope the keyboard switching delay has been fixed in 8.3. Can anyone attest to this??

    • Anmol Malhotra

      It’s update btw not “upgrade”. :p
      Stop everything and UPDATE!!
      Yep. Almost fixed in 8.3. 🙂 Currently testing 8.4, they’ll improve it more with coming betas. 🙂

      • Tdaniels

        Uh-oh, grammar police! haha
        I standby ‘upgrade’, as I’m getting the ‘upgraded’ performance via an ‘update’!

    • hkgsulphate

      difference between appsync and BDaySpotify?

      • Tdaniels

        appsync allows you to install unsigned apps,
        BDaySpotify is a tweak that adjusts the Spotify app.

    • Martynet

      I’m on 8.3 and I was using latest whatsapp beta with VoIP without any problem. Did you know guys that you can install any app you want without jailbreak? I use appaddict tool for this and works like a charm.

      • Tdaniels

        Pay to use service…..hmmmmmmmm….no thx

      • Martynet

        I still prefer to pay few bucks, once and use latest version of iOS without jailbreak, then horrible appsync.

      • Tdaniels

        I would strongly consider upgrading to 8.3 & using this service if the 3rd party keyboard lag issues was solved. Do you use a 3rd party keyboard? If so, has it been fixed or has the lag only been reduced?

      • Martynet

        I would love to use a swiftkey keyboard becase I switch between 2 languages and emojis all the time and swiftkey gives me one keyboard for all. But, it still lags. And I think it will not change unless apple gives 3rd party keyboards more memory.

      • Tdaniels

        I also want to use SwiftKey. I love how i can type in english, then spanish, without the need of manually switching the language.

        I use SwiftKey when typing bilingually, Flesky for english only typing due to it’s superior word prediction – thereby increasing the ability to type quickly, and the stock keyboard when i’m tired of the lag of them both….sigh

  • Scope

    Who has it? It didn’t show on mine. Can someone call me please? 🙁

    • Shkippo

      My friend have it on android and when he called me it say i should upgrade my whatsapp and i already upgrade it i dont see the call button

  • Shkippo

    I dont see the call button

    • al7oot

      Me too

      • Shkippo

        We have to wait the next update maybe

  • Anmol Malhotra

    To everyone,
    No one is gonna see the call button right now. They only rolled out the update but the feature is not enabled right now. Kindly wait for few days. 🙂

    Whatsapp beta tester.

    • Tdaniels

      I just wish they would hurry and add Safari to the web client, as all those other browsers kill the battery of my MacBook!

      • Anmol Malhotra

        Well i’ve no idea about this. Will ask them and keep you updated. 🙂

      • Tdaniels

        Groovy! Thx!

        Has no one else noticed that Safari is supremely superior in battery life versus the other browsers!?!?

      • Black Jesus

        It’s already done…safari is compatible now..

      • Tdaniels

        Whoa!
        Thx for the update!

    • Shkippo

      So why they type in discreption whatsapp calling

      • Anmol Malhotra

        As i said it’s there in 2.12.1 . 🙂 But it rolls out gradually. 😉
        I’ve it activated on my Whatsapp beta (ver 2.12.1.199).
        Little more patience. 🙂

      • Shkippo

        Hmmm thank you very much

    • Faisal

      Dear Anmol, if you are in contact with whatsapp’s idiot deveopers, could you tell them to add “open in” feature for recieved mp3 and audid files, so we can save them in other apps like Dropbox or Documents.app, every other app has this feature enabled. Thanks

  • faisal

    Woohooo … Nope .. I dont see the calling feature anywhere .. The sharing part is enabled, but the calling option is not available.

    • Ahmed Ot

      This also for me

  • Jonathan

    getting closer to merging Messenger and WhatsApp.

  • Mohammed

    GOD DAMN IT!!!
    That share extension is 10 months late!!!

  • Arturo Polanco

    WhatsApp++ compatible?

  • The Shop

    Does anyone have it?

  • TechLove

    Força Barça.

  • Shredded

    Telegram is actually infinitely better than Whatsapp.

    • Tdaniels

      How so?

      • TechLove

        1) iPad app support
        2) web support
        3) quick reply
        4) unlimited image sharing
        5) share file extension has been there for ages
        6) more protected
        7) and more
        8) and more
        9) and more
        10) and many more features that makes it better!

      • Tdaniels

        Will take a look….thx!

      • Dhoklastellar Fafda®™

        Wheres the call support yo?

    • Black Jesus

      Unfortunately its true ….Whatsapp is just too damn popular wish more people can use telegram ..

      • Tdaniels

        Per Telegrams site, they will add a calling feature depending on demand. Which means, they can only dream of being a ‘WhatsApp’. No one company will have all the features of every other app in its genre, but bigger generally equates to more features.

      • Black Jesus

        The calling feature is no big deal to me. FaceTime audio is my go to VOIP…..

      • Tdaniels

        It really is better than the proprietary VoIP systems of Apple & Android. Neither can use their built in systems to call one another. Sux, and is limiting.

        Also, I don’t think FaceTime or Androids built in VoIP to be used to call internationally, plus, FaceTime needs wifi in order to work. Whatsapp calling ft does NOT.

        WhatsApp wins!

      • Black Jesus

        You truly don’t understand how voip works….

      • Tdaniels

        You care to enlighten?

      • sunfire7

        Please read before comment…
        It’s the other way around… Facetime dont need wifi to work, and I do international FaceTime calls and works pretty well….

        Whatsapp needs wifi at the moment.

      • Tdaniels

        You’re correct, Apple enabled FaceTime Audio & Video with cellular data in iOS 6.

        I’ve been using WhatsApp calling for a couple of months now and it DOES work withOUT wifi =)

      • Tdaniels

        See =)
        No WiFi

      • sunfire7

        thanks for pointing that out, it seems the article is wrong about it “The app does not support VoIP calling over your cellular data connection as of yet.”

  • Gabriel Silva

    “WhatsApp Calling: Call your friends and family using WhatsApp for free, even if they’re in another country. WhatsApp calls use your phone’s Internet connection rather than your cellular plan’s voice minutes. Data charges may apply”

    when they say that data charges may apply, doesn’t this mean that the app uses mobile data for calls? isn’t this Voip? My carrier has LTEVoip.

  • VITICO

    I dont think this has hit the U.S. yet..

  • Unicorn Drank

    They need to add gif support then I will go back to using WhatsApp again.

  • Straw hat

    Does whatspad still work for the new update?

  • Tamilarasan Thangamani

    how to make whatsapp calling after the update?

  • Ruchir Purohit

    WhatsApp Web Enabler doesn’t work after the update…

  • Ruchir Purohit

    WhatsApp Web Enabler doesn’t work after the update.

  • J™

    If weird that WA is so popular even without the calling function while other apps like LINE or VIber which have the function do not gain as much popularity

  • Faisal

    Idiots at whatsapp please allow “Open in” function for received mp3 or audio files, so i can save them in dropbox or documents app, i am currently using Workflow for this which involves a few extra steps so if you guys can add this it will be much easier for me as well as for others..

    I’ve tried so many times through email but no response maybe they will read it here. Idiots

  • i am able to receive calls from Android number, but not able to make calls 🙁
    need to wait

  • Wilberth Barrantes

    New feature
    Disable double blue check

  • Kanwarpal Singh

    Will it be enabled automatically on my iphone(call button will appear automagically?)once I’ve updated and waited for staggered roll out? Or I have to do something ?

  • Benedict

    @disqus_YxV9hwOIEp:disqus @disqus_udV8HUzCkE:disqus @disqus_LnBw6z1gM7:disqus @sarmedsiddique:disqus @vijaypanjwani:disqus Mark the date: 04/2015:
    All the time until now you weren’t able to share via whatsapp from other apps on an iphone?! Sorry, but that’s ridiculous. I don’t understand how people let themselves getting jerked around by Apple. Why you accept compromises and wait for YEARS for a crappy feature! smh. Get yourself a REAL Phone. Every 50€ phone is able to share everything from every app! And that’s ony one feature which is missing.
    (Sorry for the harsh words, but I’m fed up with this toy phone!)

    • Tdaniels

      Those ‘real’ phones aren’t perfect either (assuming you’re referring to Android). Both platforms have their benefits & drawbacks. Neither is ‘better’, only different. Apps are the same way. If people didn’t complain about this feature or lack thereof, they’d complain about another 🙂

      Why do people continue to use WhatsApp, rather than Viber or some other app that has had a calling feature for a while already? It just boils down to preference…. It’s ok. It is just a phone & they are only apps after all 🙂

      • Benedict

        True, everything has disadvantages. But we talk about essential and small features.
        That’s exact the same problem: Why don’t they use viber instead though it’s “better”? Because they are unaware of it and just mimic other people.

      • Tdaniels

        I think a lot of people actually prefer the look of WhatsApp over Viber. I know i do.

        WhatsApp came out a couple of years before Viber. So it had a head start.

        Some people probably felt it to be kind of a ‘hip’ app, in that it sounds kind of like ‘what’s up’.

        Either way, both are great, and the competition is good for us all 🙂

  • Syed Auj Haider Zaidi

    Anyone know, how to share music from whatsapp iphone!! Tried everything, it wont give me an option to share mp3 from my music library and also downlaod from whatsapp