How to Receive Phone Calls on Apple Watch

Apple Watch enables you to see who is calling and to deal with the call, when iPhone receives it. You can accept the call and conduct it via Apple Watch. Or you can decline the cal to send the caller to voice mail. You can mute an incoming call, silencing the ringing (to give yourself time to decide whether to accept the call or decline it).

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

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How to Receive Phone Calls

Accepting a Call

When somebody’is calling, the iPhone receives a call, and Apple Watch plays the ringtone. It also displays the caller’s name or phone number.

  • Tap Accept and iPhone connects the call.
  • If you want to change the volume, tap Quieter or Louder, or turn the Digital Crown.
  • The call duration appears on the screen.
  • Tap Mute if you want to mute the call.
  • Tap Unmute when you need to unmute the call.
  • Tap End Call to end the call. The Call Ended screen will appear for a moment and thenn the watch face will appear.

Declining a Call

As in the previous case, Apple Watch will play the ringtone and display the caller’s name and phone number, when iPhone receives a call.

  • Tap Decline.
  • Or double-click the Digital Crown to send the call to voicemail.
  • Apple Watch declines the call and the call goes to voicemail.
  • The Call Declined screen appears for a moment.

Muting a Call

When Apple Watch starts ringing and displays the caller’s name or phone number, place your hand over the screen just for a second or two, and Apple Watch will mute the ringing.

Now you can answer the call by tapping Accept or decline the call by tapping Decline.

You can also mute a call by placing Apple Watch against your clothing for a second or two, so the clothing fully covers the screen. Alternatively, you can place Apple Watch against your face briefly. Usually, people place the Apple Watch screen against their thigh to do this, but if you are flexible enough, you may be able to use your upper body instead. So you can mute a call using your free hand.

How to Make Call with Wi-Fi Calling

If you are in an area with little or no cellular coverage you can easily place a phone call if you have a Wi-Fi connection with Wi-Fi Calling feature.

To use Wi-Fi Calling, you need an iPhone 5c or later on a supported carrier. To place Wi-Fi calls from your iPhone:

  • Go to Settings > Phone > Wi-Fi Calling and turn on Wi-Fi calling. You might need to enter or confirm your address for emergency services. If Wi-Fi Calling is available, you’ll see Wi-Fi after your carrier name in the status bar. Now your calls will use Wi-Fi Calling.

Note that when cellular service is available, your iPhone uses this service for emergency calls. On the contrary, when cellular service is not available emergency calls might use Wi-Fi calling. Your device’s location may be used to aid response efforts when you place an emergency call, regardless of whether you enable Location Services.

To make and receive Wi-Fi calls from another device: If your carrier supports Wi-Fi Calling on iCloud-connected devices, you can make and receive Wi-Fi calls on other devices. You can use Wi-Fi Calling on the following devices, even if your iPhone isn’t on the same Wi-Fi Network or turned on: iPad or iPod touch with iOS 9 or later; Apple Watch with watchOS 2 or later; Mac (2012 or later model) with OS X El Capitan. However Wi-Fi Calling is not available on Mac Pro (Mid 2012).

Make sure that you’re signed in to iCloud and FaceTime with the same Apple ID that you use on your iPhone. Also make sure that your devices have the latest software.

To place a Wi-Fi call from your iPad, iPod touch, Apple Watch, or Mac, follow the following steps:

To call from your iPad, iPod touch, or Mac, if you haven’t added your device yet (this will allow to use Wi-Fi Calling -add it):

  • Open FaceTime.
  • Tap Audio.
  • Enter a contact or phone number and tap Wi-Fi call. You can also place a call by tapping a phone number in Contacts, Mail, Messages, Safari, and other apps.

To call from your Apple Watch:

  • Open the Phone app.
  • Choose a contact.
  • Tap Wi-Fi call.
  • Select the phone number or FaceTime address that you want to call.

To add a device, make sure that the device you want to add has the latest version of software. Then follow the following steps:

  • On your iPhone, go to Settings > Phone.
  • Once there turn on Wi-Fi Calling.
  • Turn on Calls on Other Devices.
  • Tap Add Wi-Fi Calling For Other Devices.
  • On your other devices, sign in to iCloud and FaceTime with the same Apple ID and password that you use on your iPhone.

To turn on Wi-Fi Calling:

  • On your iPad or iPod touch, go to Settings > FaceTime > Calls from iPhone and tap Upgrade to Wi-Fi Calling.
  • On your Mac, open FaceTime.
  • Next choose FaceTime > Preferences > Settings.
  • Select Calls From iPhone > Upgrade to Wi-Fi Calling.
  • When a six-digit code appears, enter it on your iPhone and tap Allow.
  • On Apple Watch, Wi-Fi Calling turns on when Calls on Other Devices is enabled.

If you can’t add a device, check the following:

On your iPhone, make sure that Wi-Fi Calling and Allow Calls on Other Devices are on, and that your device appears under Allow Calls On. Also make sure that you’re using the same Apple ID for FaceTime and iCloud on your iPhone and your other device.

If you don’t want to use Wi-Fi Calling from one of your devices, you can remove it:

  • On your iPhone, go to Settings > Phone > Calls on Other devices.
  • In the list of devices, turn off Wi-Fi Calling for the device that you want to remove.

To turn off Wi-Fi Calling on your Apple Watch:

  • Go to the Watch App on your iPhone
  • Tap Phone.
  • Now tap Wi-Fi Calls.

If you can’t turn on or use Wi-Fi Calling, make sure that your carrier offers Wi-Fi Calling and that your devices have the latest software. Then, follow these steps:

Important note: Wait two minutes before you go from one step to the next.

  • Go to Settings > Phone > Wi-Fi Calling and make sure that Wi-Fi Calling is on.
  • Restart your iPhone.
  • Connect to a different Wi-Fi network. Not all Wi-Fi networks work with Wi-Fi Calling.
  • Turn Wi-Fi Calling off and then on again.
  • Go to Settings > General > Reset and tap Reset Network Settings.

Note that FaceTime is not available in all countries or regions.


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