Fix: WhatsApp calls not working on Android

From the independent developer’s instant messaging miracle to Facebook-owned mega-project (with sketchy privacy-infringing moves), WhatsApp is still the most used instant messenger in the world. Besides messaging, VoIP and video calls are now more popular than ever. However, for many users, WhatsApp calls are not working on Android. If you are among them, make sure to use the steps below to swiftly solve this issue.

Why is WhatsApp call not working?

  1. Clear apps cache
  2. Reinstall WhatsApp
  3. Make sure WhatsApp has all permissions enabled
  4. Check the connection
  5. Rollback to an older version of WhatsApp

1. Clear apps cache

Let’s start with the simplest of solutions. If the problem is of local nature, the best thing you can do to address is reset the app’s cache. Every app stores it in order to keep some configuration data locally for more seamless use. However, once it piles up, it might cause some issues with the app.

And that’s why you should clear the cache and look for improvements. If you’re not sure how to do it, check the instructions below:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Choose Apps & notifications.
  3. Select All apps.
  4. Open WhatsApp from the bottom of the list.
  5. Select Storage.
  6. Clear cache and data.
  7. Restart your device and sign into WhatsApp again.

2. Reinstall WhatsApp

Another possible reason why you can’t make calls with WhatsApp might lie in the profile configuration. As you already know, the WhatsApp account is attached to your phone number, and thus any switches might lead to an issue, especially on the dual-SIM handsets. That’s why we suggest removing your account and re-establishing it.

The best way to do so is to simply reinstall the app. Just make sure to back up your chat history to Google Drive before uninstalling the app.

Here’s how to reinstall WhatsApp on Android:

  1. Open Play Store.
  2. Find WhatsApp and uninstall the app. You may also consider leaving the Beta program as there’s a chance that the current Beta has a bug. Stick with the stable version.
  3. Restart your device and install WhatsApp again.
  4. Check for improvements.

Solution 3 – Make sure WhatsApp has all permissions enabled

In order to make WhatsApp calls, WhatsApp needs your permission. Making sure that the required permission is granted is your next step. Of course, Camera permission doesn’t have much in common with the problem we’re trying to address today. However, for the sake of troubleshooting, we suggest granting all permissions to WhatsApp.

If you’re not sure where to check permissions, here’s the instruction:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Tap Apps & notifications.
  3. Choose WhatsApp.
  4. Select Permissions.
  5. Enable all permissions and try making a call again.

If WhatsApp calls are not working even after this step, move to the next one.

Solution 4 – Check the connection

This is, far and beyond, the most probable reason why you’re not able to make a call on WhatsApp, Skype, Viber, Duo, or any other VoIP app in your hands. If there’s a chance to do a test on an alternative network, do so right away. Switching to mobile data instead of Wi-Fi or vice versa should do the trick. Now, if the problem is persistent, we suggest moving to the final step.

On the other hand, if the other network works as intended but you’re not able to make calls on your own, follow these steps:

  • Restart your phone and wireless router.
  • Delete the Wi-Fi network from your device and connect again.
  • Make sure Mobile Data is not disabled on WhatsApp’s App Data Usage.
  • Reset your router to factory values.
  • Reset phone’s Network settings.
  • Check out our articles about Wi-Fi and mobile data issues on Android for more solutions.

If WhatsApp calls are still not working for you, despite the network being stable, try the last step below.

Solution 5 – Rollback to an older version of WhatsApp

Finally, if none of the previous steps worked for you, the only reasonable solution we can suggest is to roll back the app to an older version via an APK. We wrote extensively about this procedure, here, and deem it one of the best troubleshooting steps there is.

Here’s how to roll back WhatsApp via an APK:

  1. Navigate to APKMirror, here, and download an older APK version of WhatsApp. Alternatively, you can try any other version except the one currently installed on your device. Beta versions are also an option but we suggest avoiding them due to stability issues.
  2. Uninstall the app as explained in solution 2.
  3. Allow app installation from external sources.
  4. Install APK, sign in, and look for improvements.

With that said, we can conclude this article. In case you have any questions or suggestions, feel free to tell us in the comments section. Thanks for reading and pay us a visit at MobileInternist  Twitter and Facebook pages.

Editor’s note: This article was originally published in October 2018. We made sure to revamp it for freshness and accuracy.

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May 30, 2020 11:43 am

If I call or someone calls me, then I pres the answer button, it will show connecting till the call drops

September 16, 2020 7:17 pm
Reply to  Elvis

Just switch off your data saver from settings

February 9, 2021 7:42 am
Reply to  Elvis

Turn off the VPN if you’re using one. I had to open the VPN app and close it as I noticed it kept auto switching on if I disabled it in settings. That fixed my issue.
If that’s not it check any other app you have installed that might be stopping it – one that runs continuously in the background.

March 23, 2021 11:08 pm
Reply to  Elvis

Me too

Ravi Kumar
Ravi Kumar
April 6, 2021 6:31 pm

When I call, it gets connected and after few secs it shows reconnecting and then connects back in every single call. Below resolution doesn’t works.

November 29, 2020 7:43 am

When I call someone or if I receive a call it says connecting until the call drops

September 6, 2020 4:26 pm

This is not working,i use duo Sim and I can’t change or delete my account because I’m in so many job related groups.

Shilpa Rawal
Shilpa Rawal
March 18, 2019 6:45 am

I can call from wtsapp but if someone calls me it’s not ringing untill and unless I am currently working on Facebook or or watching any you tube link… It means if is lying idle it won’t ring