How to Disable the WhatsApp calling Feature to block unwanted callers.

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Jascha Luca
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14.11.2016
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WhatsApp a free messaging App on both iOS and android systems has made keeping in touch with friends easy and free which is fantastic. WhatsApp Calls work by using the Internet connection on your phone, either your mobile data plan, or the Wifi network you are connected to.  Basically the same way Skype, Facebook Messenger, or Viber does. However with this new feature comes one slight annoyance. Random or unknown callers dialing you, if you would like to turn the calling feature off let’s begin.

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How to block WhatsApp calling without rooting your phone.

The Whatsapp calling feature makes life easier, we can talk to anyone, anywhere and for free, using data, over Wifi, or mobile. (so long as your data plan is reasonable) However, with all these great improvements telemarketers and clever advertising companies have also adopted this technology. So if you have been getting flooded with random callers on "WhatsApp" lets shut them out.

There are two ways to block or turn off calling in WhatsApp, the first is done by installing a third Party app called “Disable Whatsapp Calls” it isn’t officially listed on Google’s Play store anymore, so you will have to get the APK file from elsewhere. Google searching is usually the best way to track it down. If you are not familiar with using APK files to install apps from places other than Google play, Downloadsource.net also has a How to Guide. Following the steps below to disable calling in WhatsApp.

How to Install APK files from sources outside of Google Play.  

Once you have downloaded and Installed “disable whatsapp calls” open it tap on “Service”, set it to “Disable Whatsapp calls” Also make sure that you set notifications to on. Next go down to the outgoing calls tab and tick the box there also. This is the option will allow you to still make calls from WhatsApp, just no recieve them.

The app is super basic, with very limited features so if you would like to enable it just tap the top service “on” or “off” switch, the same button again works to turn it off. There is an option at the very bottom of the app to forward WhatsApp calls to other numbers, but there is probably never going to be a time you would use it, unless of course you are forwarding all your annoying calls to someone you might "not be so fond of".

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How to block WhatsApp calls with a rooted android device.

Unfortunately this method for blocking calls In WhatsApp messenger no longer works for the newest versions, as the file paths and files have been either changed or removed. Currently method one seems to be the only working option at this stage in time. However, if you are using an older version feel free to try this option. 

This is a much better option for blocking calls on WhatsApp however it will require your phone to be rooted. If you have a rooted phone you will also need to download “Es file Explorer” if you haven't already got it. Once you have installed “Es File Explorer”

Open it and Swipe from left to right and  Enable root explorer Grant super SU permission.

Now go to  /data/data/com.whatsapp Now find a folder called  shared_preps and look for the file called com.whatsapp.preference.XML Once you have tracked it down “tap it” and open in a text editor. Find and edit it's "value” to false and save it. Once you have saved it restart your device and check for WhatsApp calling. It should now be successfully disabled.

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