Handoff, FaceTime, and iPhone Calls

Using Your Mac or iPad to Make and Answer Calls with iPhone Handoff and FaceTime

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Last time, I walked you through the basics of using Handoff on your Apple devices. Today, I’ll give some specifics on the best feature of Handoff: Making and Answering Phone calls.

Making Calls

First, check your FaceTime Preferences (on Mac) and/or FaceTime Settings (iPad) and make sure “Calls from iPhone” is checked on.

Then, to call using your iPad or Mac, touch or click a phone number on the device and a notification of the call will appear. You can then adjust the volume of the speaker or use headphones with a mic.

Apps you can one-touch/click to activate a call:

  • Contacts
  • Mail
  • Messages
  • Safari
  • Calendar
  • FaceTime
  • Spotlight
  • Other third-party apps


Answering Calls

To receive a call on your iPad or Mac, just swipe or click the notification to answer, ignore, or respond with a quick message.

Switching the Call to Your iPhone

Anytime you want to transfer the call to your iPhone, all you need to do is unlock the phone and touch the bright green bar at the top of the screen. Note, however, it is not possible to pass an active call to your iPad or Mac from the iPhone.

Managing Multiple Devices Ringing

If your iPhone, Mac, and iPad are with you, you may be overwhelmed with many ringtones sounding when a call comes in. I recommend setting your iPad and/or Mac ringtone to something short and gentle.

On my Mac, I use “Bamboo.”—open FaceTime and then choose Preferences (Command+,).

On my iPad, I use “Pulse.”—open Settings>Sounds and select Ringtone.

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