How to Make Phone Call on Apple Watch

Users can make and receive phone calls on Apple Watch using iPhone’s cellular connection. To do this, you need to open the Phone app on Apple Watch. Then you can quickly place a call by using the full Contacts list, the Recent list or the Favorites list. When iPhone has established the call, you conduct the call using the microphone and speakers on Apple Watch. You can control the volume, mute the call and end the call when you finish talking.

Apple Watch: How to Make and Recieve Phone Calls [Video]

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How to Make Phone Call

  • Lift your wrist to wake Apple Watch and display the watch face.
  • Click the Digital Crown to display the Home screen.
  • Tap Phone to display the Phone screen.
  • To display recent calls, tap Recent.
  • To display the full list of contacts, tap Contacts.
  • To access your voicemail, tap Voicemal.
  • Tap Favorites and the Favorites screen will open.
  • Tap the name of the person you want to call. Apple Watch will make iPhone to place the call.
  • Tap Quieter or Louder, or turn the Digital Crown, to change the volume. Note that you may need to hold Apple Watch up to your mouth for the other person to hear you, as the level of your speech depends on the ambient noise level and your voice projection.
  • You can tap Mute to mute the call.
  • Tap End Call when you are ready to end the call.

Troubleshooting with Making and Receiving Phone Calls on Apple Watch

If you are unable to receive calls through the Apple Watch (for example, you receive notifications of the call and get the decline or accept buttons but if you tap the green button, it answers on your iPhone instead of the Apple Watch, but you can make calls from the watch just fine, and everything else seems to be working well also). Well, to make the story short, you just can’t receive a call on the watch and then talk through the watch…

First at all you can erase the watch and set up as new. However I might prefer another way, some folks did some testing and had some success with this method:

  • Turn off the Apple Watch.
  • On your iPhone close all apps (to do so, double press the home button and flip the apps away to close them).
  • Next turn on the Apple Watch.
  • Force Restart your iPhone (press and hold the sleep/wake and home button until the phone restarts)
  • Wait until both devices are up and running (give the watch a little time to establish a connection).

Now you should be able receive and make calls on the Apple Watch.

Just to note: You’d better initially turn off all your other Apple devices first (so your MacBook Pro, your iPads and even your iPods should be off). Then test making and receiving calls turning one device on at a time.  It is possible the trick here is Closing all the Apps and the Forced iPhone Restart, as it was failing to answer calls on the watch when you were away from all the Wifi call enabled devices so I don’t think call forwarding is the culprit. Whether this holds true for any give amount of time or if you have just instigated a temporary fix remains to be seen.

If your watch doesn’t even show the incoming call at all, and it only shows a missed call and a voicemail notification, try to turn off Wi Fi on all your devices. This can help with this as it could be a linked to Yosemite / iOS Call Forwarding. If this doesn’t work or can’be done, try re-pairing Apple Watch and your iPhone, as to unpair and then pair again may solve the issue.

The problem can however be simpler than that: some users said that it seemed they were pushing the accept button, when they should have just tapped. When you are pushing the button, it is like you were forcing the face. So just tap gently, things should be OK, and you will be able to answer the calls with your Apple Watch.

Finally, remember that if your Apple Watch won’t charge or you see a message on your watch that charging with this accessory isn’t supported:

  • Make sure that you plug the Apple Magnetic Charging Cable all the way into the USB Power Adapter, then make sure that you plug the adapter all the way into a power outlet.
  • Make sure that you’re using the Apple Magnetic Charging Cable and the USB Power Adapter that came with your Apple Watch.
  • Completely remove any plastic wrap from both sides of the charger.
  • Make sure that the back of your Apple Watch and the magnetic charger are clean.
  • Position the back of your Apple Watch on the charger. The charger’s magnets align your Apple Watch, and you should see green lightning bolt on the watch face.
  • If your Apple Watch still won’t charge, force it to restart. Press and hold both the side button and Digital Crown for at least 10 seconds, or until you see the Apple logo.
  • Try a different Apple Watch Magnetic Charging Cable and a different USB Power Adapter. If your Apple Watch is out of power, you might need to wait a few minutes for green lightning bolt to appear after you start charging your device.
  • If you still need help, contact Apple Support.


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