Activate voice calling on WhatsApp

WhatsApp is rolling out voice calling feature on invite only basis. The voice calling feature is supposedly available in the latest WhatsApp app (v2.11.508) for Android but is not accessible until you get an invite.

Read : WhatsApp Voice Calling being rolled out on invite only basis

Now if you can’t wait till the voice calling feature rolls out for everyone and wanna feel the user interface here is simple guide to activate the voice calling feature.

This trick is known to be working only on some devices with Lollipop and Kitkat however we heard some people got it working on Jellybean also.


How to activate voice calling feature?

Follow these steps to activate voice calling feature :

  • Download and install Whatsapp Apk From Official Site –
  • In any file explorer (I suggest ES File Explorer) goto to /data/data/com.whatsapp/shared_pref
  • Open file com.whatsapp_preferences.xml with ES Note Editor or any text editor you prefer.
  • Add following lines exactly under <map> tag and save the file.
    • <boolean name=”call” value=”true” />
    • <string name=”call_allowed”>all</string>


  • Restart whatsapp and you will have following interface.




Note : You need to be rooted in order to use this trick.

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  • Jnana

    How do you restart whatsapp??I forced closed and retstart whatasapp..But the xml was reset to it’s original.Same thing when I restarted my device.

    • aniketd65

      Try force close whatsapp then edit the xml save it and then start whatsapp.

  • is it possible without rooting???

    • GRK

      No its not possible, to edit xml file(or any files/folder in root directory) you need to have root permission.

      • there any other way???? Using Moto G 2 Nd lollipop..

        • GRK

          Nope, just have patience until its being official.

        • aQuickLookAt

          If you don’t wanna wait, consider rooting.

  • epode

    ok the phone book and calls are “enabled”, but actually the call does not work. Part but is immediately canceled ……..

    • GRK

      Yeah, for that you’ll need an invite from user who has this feature working.

      • epode

        ok, and how you can do this?

    • aQuickLookAt

      This trick is known to be working only on few nexus devices running lollipop. If it’s not working in your device don’t worry, whatsapp officially confirmed this feature will be available to all users in couple of weeks.
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