WhatsApp calling feature
How to enable WhatsApp calling feature on Android 5.0 Lollipop devices XDA

Earlier this month WhatsApp confirmed testing the WhatsApp calling feature, which allows users to call other WhatsApp users through the app, with a small group of Android users. Those running on Android 4.x.x can download the WhatsApp beta version, but if you are on Android 5.0 Lollipop, here is good news for you.

XDA member, tosunkaya has shared a couple of methods using which the WhatsApp call feature can be activated on Android 5.0.x Lollipop powered devices. But to get this feature working you need to have a rooted Android device.

Try one of the following methods if you want to get the WhatsApp calling feature on your Android Lollipop device.


1: A rooted Android smartphone

2: Latest WhatsApp apk from Whatsapp.com/Android or, Play Store

3: Android 5.0.x Lollipop

How to unlock WhatsApp calling feature [Method-1]

Step-1: Download Whatsapp Call Enabler Inc Whatsapp default.rar . Extract the files and install the WhatsApp apk

Step-2: Install the apk for "Enabling WhatsApp Calling Feature" within extracted file

Step-3: Run the APK downloaded and installed in step-2. Give WhatsApp Superuser permission

Step-4: The calling feature should have been enabled now

If the above method does not work for you, proceed through the alternative methods.


Step-1: Install the latest apk

Step-2: Open with es file or, root explorer and navigate to data/data/com.whatsapp/shred_prefs/com.whatsapp_preferences.xml

Step-3: Add the following lines anywhere in the file but within the < map > < / map ><map><map>and save code:

WhatsApp calling feature

Step-4: Go to Settings/Apps/Whatsapp and force stop it

Step-5: Open the app again

Note: The activation is successful, but you might not be able to call, since the WhatsApp call servers are down now.

For Android 4.4.4 KitKat

WhatsApp has released a beta version of the calling feature. You can download the latest WhatsApp version from the official website or, Google Play Store. After downloading, you need to get someone who has the calling feature activated, to call you. Answer the call, and you will get it enabled. The app UI changes for call and chats. It has been tested and is working for several users.

Method-3: Using Terminal Emulator

Step-1: Download Terminal Emulator for Android from Play Store

Step-2: Now execute the following code

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

Note: As the call servers seem to be down as of now, wait for some time until the severs are opened up again.

[Source: XDA]