Make a free call using your iPhone and the Facebook app

Here's a video showing you how to use the Facebook iPhone app to make a free call from anywhere.

Facebook recently updated the iOS app to version 5.5, which included the same free calling feature its Messenger app has had for a while now. As with the Messenger version, you're able to place or receive a call over both a Wi-Fi or 3G/LTE connection from your iPhone.

The option to place or receive a call is available only on the iPhone, not on the iPad or Web site.

As you can see in the video above, placing a call is simple:

  • Launch the Facebook app and view your Messenger contact list.
  • Open a conversation with a contact, then tap in the "i."
  • If the contact is using either the Messenger for iOS app, or the most recent Facebook for iOS app, the "Free Call" button will be highlighted. Tap on the button to make a call.

If the calling option doesn't show for you, make sure to update the app.

Is placing a call through the Facebook app something you plan on doing, or simply another feature you'll soon forget about? Let us know in the comments below.

About the author

Jason Cipriani has been covering mobile technology news for over five years. His work spans from CNET How To and software review sections to WIRED’s Gadget Lab and Fortune.com.

 

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