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How to answer phone calls and messages across your Mac, iPad, and iPhone

Hear your phone ringing while you’re working on your Mac or reading on your iPad? You don’t have to drop everything and make a mad dash for your iPhone. Just answer the call on the iThing you’re on.

How to activate

How to answer phone calls and messages across your Mac, iPad, and iPhone
How to answer phone calls and messages across your Mac, iPad, and iPhone

On your Mac, boot up FaceTime, click on Preferences, make sure that the box for iPhone Cellular Calls is ticked at the bottom. If you don’t want to receive calls coming via your phone on your Mac, just untick the box.

On your iPhone, go to Settings, then FaceTime, and make sure iPhone Mobile Calls is toggled on.

That's it. You're ready to start making and receiving calls on all your iThings.

Making calls

How to answer phone calls and messages across your Mac, iPad, and iPhone

You can fire calls from Contacts, Calendar, or Safari on your Mac or iPad. As long as you can tap the number, you can call it. We were on Spotify when making a call, and the music was softened in the background and completely switched off when the person picked up. But when the call was ended, the music from Spotify came right back on. 

Receiving or rejecting calls

How to answer phone calls and messages across your Mac, iPad, and iPhone
How to answer phone calls and messages across your Mac, iPad, and iPhone

Your incoming call shows up on your Mac as a bar on the top right corner of your screen and on your iPad as an iPhone-like screen. You can accept the call or if you choose to reject it, click on the arrow next to Decline to bring up options like Reply with Message or set a Reminder to give the person a call back.

You can even move your call from your Mac or iPad to your iPhone mid-conversation. Just tap on the green bar at the top of your iPhone and pick up the call where you left off to start moving around your home or office. The experience is so seamless that the caller wouldn’t even realise you’ve transferred the call over to another iThing. Foolproof. However, it's a one way street as you can't move the call back to your Mac or iPad once it's on your iPhone. 

Next stop: messages.

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