Elon Musk’s social media platform, X, is stepping up its game. Remember when we used to call it Twitter? Well, now it’s adding audio and video call support to its Android app. But there’s a catch. You gotta have a Premium subscription to use it.
So, what’s the big deal about X’s Android app getting calling support? Well, it’s been on Musk’s to-do list since he bought Twitter (and renamed it X) for a cool $44 billion in 2022. He had this grand vision to turn the social network into an “everything app,” and calling was a big part of that. Linda Yaccarino, X’s new CEO, confirmed this in August last year.
And guess what? The feature was finally rolled out to iOS users in October. Android users? They were promised the same, but no one knew when. Until today. An X engineer spilled the beans that audio and video calls are “slowly rolling out” to the X Android app. So, keep your eyes peeled over the next few days. And don’t forget to update your app.
Once you’ve updated, X will greet you with a pop-up banner announcing the new feature. “Audio and Video calls are here!” it exclaims. There’s even a shortcut to the Settings page where you can enable the calling feature. Missed the banner? No worries. Just head to Settings > Privacy and safety > Direct Messages and flip the “Enable audio and video calling” switch on.
Now, here’s the interesting part. While only X Premium subscribers can start a call, anyone can receive it. Yup, even if you’re not shelling out for a subscription, you can still get a call from someone who does. But both parties need to have the feature enabled. The settings page also lets you control who can call you.
You can choose to get calls only from your contacts, people you follow, or all verified users on the platform. X even lets you pick multiple options. And if you’re worried about privacy, there’s an “Enhanced call privacy” option to hide your IP address during the call. The calling feature comes with version 10.24 or higher of the X Android app. You can download the latest version from the Google Play Store.