Audio and video calls on X rolled out to non-Premium users

X premium is a paid version of X which unlocks access to exclusive and additional features for subscribers
An undated image displays X logo. — Adobe Stock
An undated image displays X logo. — Adobe Stock

Similar to social networking site like FaceTime and WhatsApp, Elon Musk-led social media platform X (formerly Twitter) is rolling out the audio and video calling feature to more users (non-premium users) on the platform. 

Before this expansion plan, the feature was only accessible to premium subscribers in exchange for a fee. However, as of now, X is now making this feature available to every ordinary user on the platform. 

As per Enrique Barragan, an X engineer,  and the company’s CEO Linda Yaccarino, the feature is gradually witnessing a wider roll out to those users who don't subscribe to X Premium. 

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After a few weeks, every X user will be able to make and receive calls, regardless of their subscription status. This new feature is seamlessly integrated into direct messaging and functions, mirroring calling features in other renowned apps like WhatsApp and Instagram. 

On users devices, incoming calls will appear on the Lock Screen just like regular calls, and that is made possible by its integration with the iOS CallKit API. 

The announcement of this feature rekindled a debate, as some users expressed concerns about receiving calls from unfamiliar contacts. Fortunately, users can personalise call setting on the app, control who can call them, and disable the feature. 

How to manage calls on X

Follow the steps listed below to manage calls on X.

  • Open X on your device
  • Tap on your profile picture at the top
  • Tap Settings and privacy
  • Choose the Privacy and safety menu
  • Tap the Direct messages option
  • Change the audio and video calling options as you wish

What is X Premium (formerly Twitter Blue)

In case you're not familiar with X premium (previously known as Twitter Blue), it's a paid version of the app which unleashes for subscribers the access to exclusive and additional features.

The list of premium features of X include the ability to edit posts, upload longer videos, and apply styling and formatting on the text in your posts. Premium users also receive a verified badge, enjoy a relatively wider reach, and encounter fewer ads.