WhatsApp voice calling invitations open again: report

WhatsApp users on Android can once again enable access to WhatsApp voice calling, Android Police reports.

The popular messaging service first made it possible for its Android users to “invite” one another to try WhatsApp voice calling in February 2015.

The invite windows are limited, after which the service appears to remain available for those who activated the service. The last invitation window started on 11 March and remained open for just over a week.

According to Android Police, a new invitation window opened on 25 March, and will likely require users to download a newer version of WhatsApp.

To give it a go, you’ll have to download WhatsApp for Android 2.12.14 from APK Mirror.

Receiving (left) and making (right) a WhatsApp
Receiving (left) and making (right) a WhatsApp call
WhatsApp voice call tab view (left) and notification widget (right)
WhatsApp voice call tab view (left) and notification widget (right)
WhatsApp interface changes for voice calling
WhatsApp interface changes for voice calling

Security warning

Security researchers have warned that purveyors of malicious software have jumped at the opportunity to exploit users anxious to try out WhatsApp voice calling.

One attack involves a message being sent from someone who appears to be a legitimate friend, which states: “Hey, I’m inviting you to try WhatsApp Free Voice Calling feature, click here to activate now.”

The link takes users to a website, where they are asked to take a survey on behalf of the Facebook-owned service. To take the survey, users are asked to download applications and software, which contain malware.

These fake invitation messages are circulating via social media, phishing emails, WhatsApp messages, and scam websites.

Users should be aware of this when trying to get the feature to work, and not fall for any typical phishing tricks that scammers generally use.

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