Example to Make a Phone Call in React Native App

React Native Phone Calls

Here is an Example to Make a Phone Call in React Native App. To make a Phone Call from React Native App we will use react-native-phone-call. With the help of this example, You can provide one tab call feature to the users of your application.

You can also visit Make Phone Call, Send SMS or Email Using React Native Communication using react-native-communications to make Phone Calls, Send Text SMS, Send Email and Open a URL in Browser.

How to Make a Phone Call in React Native?

call = () => {
  //handler to make a call
  const args = {
    number: '0000000000',
    prompt: false,
  };

  call(args).catch(console.error);
};

In this example of making a Call from React Native App, we will open the contact number on a click of a button in the dialer to call directly using a call(args) provided by react-native-phone-call. So let’s get started.

To Make a React Native App

Getting started with React Native will help you to know more about the way you can make a React Native project. We are going to use react-native init to make our React Native App. Assuming that you have node installed, you can use npm to install the react-native-cli command line utility. Open the terminal and go to the workspace and run

npm install -g react-native-cli

Run the following commands to create a new React Native project

react-native init ProjectName

If you want to start a new project with a specific React Native version, you can use the --version argument:

react-native init ProjectName --version X.XX.X
react-native init ProjectName --version react-native@next

This will make a project structure with an index file named App.js in your project directory.

Installation of Dependency

To use call we have to install react-native-phone-call package.

To install this open the terminal and jump into your project

cd ProjectName

Run the following command

npm install react-native-phone-call --save

This command will copy all the dependencies into your node_module directory. –save is optional, it is just to update the react-native-phone-call dependency in your package.json file.

Code to Make a Phone Calls

Now Open App.js in any code editor and replace the code with the following code

App.js

/*Example to make a call from the React Native App*/
import React from 'react';
import { Text, View, StyleSheet, Button } from 'react-native';
import call from 'react-native-phone-call';
export default class App extends React.Component {
  call = () => {
    //handler to make a call
    const args = {
      number: '0000000000',
      prompt: false,
    };
    call(args).catch(console.error);
  };
  render() {
    return (
      <View style={styles.container}>
        <Button title="Make a Call" onPress={this.call} />
      </View>
    );
  }
}
const styles = StyleSheet.create({
  container: {
    flex: 1,
    alignItems: 'center',
    justifyContent: 'center',
    backgroundColor: '#ffffff',
  },
});

Known Issue for iOS

This example will not work with IOS simulator as simulator do not provide the phone call facility in case you try to run on the simulator you will get “invalid URL provided: tel:XXXXXXXXXX”.

Error while running this example on IOS simulator

To Run the React Native App

Open the terminal again and jump into your project using.
cd ProjectName
To run the project on an Android Virtual Device or on real debugging device
react-native run-android
or on the iOS Simulator by running
react-native run-ios (macOS only).

FAQ:
1. How to call without having to press the call button?
2. How can I call directly from my react native application without opening the Dialler?
Ans: Sorry but this is not possible with this example. This is a cross platform example which does not provide the same. If you need that in any case then you can see react-native-immediate-phone-call, with that library no additional user input is required for Android and the call starts instantly (Apple always asks confirmation since the last iOS updates…)

Output Screenshots

Android

    

IOS

Output in Online Emulator

This is how you can make a phone call from the React Native App. If you have any doubts or you want to share something about the topic you can comment below or contact us here. There will be more posts coming soon. Stay tuned!

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8 thoughts on “Example to Make a Phone Call in React Native App”

  1. Great tutorial! Works. But how can i do to make the call without having to press the call button, this only places the number, and the call must be made manually? How can I do to call directly from my react native application?

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