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How to use WhatsApp internationally

WhatsApp allows its users to make international calls and chat for free even when you are abroad. However, if you want to use the app without being charged for data roaming, you will need to have access to Wi-Fi for communicating via WhatsApp.

Using WhatsApp abroad is really easy. Texting and calling abroad is completely the same as if you were doing it at home. Find out on How to use WhatsApp on iPhone and How to use WhatsApp on Android to revise the program’s basic principles.

How to use WhatsApp internationally using Wi-Fi?

  1. Turn off the cellular connection in your smartphone. In most mobiles, you will find this option in Settings – Cellular Data Settings. You can easily switch it on again anytime.
  2. Connect to the available Wi-Fi network. The wi-fi standards are the same all over the world, so you can use your smartphone for communication through the Internet almost anywhere worldwide.
  3. Open the app and start using it as you normally would. This way, the program will use only Wi-Fi network for making calls and sending texts for free.

Additional tips

  • When you travel abroad, set up a certain status for your friends and family notifying your contacts that you will not be able to answer calls and texts immediately. For example, you can set something like “I’m in roaming now and will reply when having a Wi-Fi access”. This way, your loved ones will not worry that you are not replying to messages and calls.
  • When you need to perform a group video call, make sure you have a strong internet connection. Otherwise, it is better to initiate audio calls since they usually require less traffic.
  • If you are planning to stay in another country for a long time, you can buy a local SIM card and start using the app on your device. This way, you will be able to use the local cellular data for reasonable prices.
  • When you first connect to any new Wi-Fi network, open any website first to make sure you have an active connection. Furthermore, some networks might require accepting their terms. If you are not agree with these special terms, the messenger, as well as other apps, will not work.

How to call abroad using WhatsApp?

If you want to call your friends or family members when they are abroad, you can also use WhatsApp. The rules for calling and chatting with your contacts when they are miles away will be similar to your common calls and chats.

  1. Make sure your contact is online.
  2. Go to your contact list, choose the needed contact and tap Call/Chat to initiate a conversation.

In case you need to add an international number to your phone book, make sure to start entering the number using a + sign and an international code of the country. For example, all British numbers will start from +44.

Using the app overseas is surely easy and convenient. Feel free to communicate with friends and family with no charges even when you are staying in different countries! WhatsApp international calls and texts are available for all app users, no matter what country you are in.

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