Users of Android devices might notice that they have the option to make a call using their Wi-Fi in addition to using their mobile service or data. While there is certainly something to be said for using a wireless connection when you don’t have mobile service, there are circumstances when you might not want to default to using a Wi-Fi connection.
Now, why would you want to disable these call settings? Well, consider reasons why you would want to use your mobile data over Wi-Fi and you won’t have to think too hard on this. Imagine trying to buffer a video on YouTube over a slow wireless connection when you could instead stream it effortlessly using your mobile data. Nobody wants to have a choppy conversation, and depending on where you’re located, the connection might not be all that secure, either. Still, if you have a reliable wireless connection, you can save your mobile data plan by using Wi-Fi calling.
All that said, let’s go into how you can disable Wi-Fi calling on your Android smartphone. Keep in mind that the settings used to demonstrate this might vary depending on the operating system.
A quick way to disable Wi-Fi calling on your Android device is to head to your Settings app. From here, you go to Wi-Fi & Network, then proceed to SIM & Network. Select your SIM card, then turn off your Wi-Fi calling. Once the slider is in the Off position, you should have disabled Wi-Fi calling on your Android device.
You can also disable Wi-Fi calling mid-call if you notice that you are having trouble hearing the other party or if you discover you are breaking up a bit. Just tap the button for Wi-Fi calling from the call menu.
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Sam is a network engineer with a broad range of experience spanning more than 35 years. He wrote is first piece of code in 1979 and has been involved with the industry ever since. For the last 20 years, he has worked for SCW Consulting where he has embraced his passion for network technology and security.
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