Ways to Place Phone Calls Using iOS 11.

There several different ways you can make phone calls using iOS 11. Some even work on older versions of iPhones. The first method is Wi-Fi.


Wi-Fi calling can be very useful if you need to make a call in an area with little or no cellular coverage, or if you are using an iPad that doesn’t have a data plan.  This will work on iPhones version 5c or later on a supported carrier. Check here if you want a list of supported carriers. Even easier, if Wi-Fi calling is available, you will see the Wi-Fi symbol after your carrier name in the status bar.

Image of the Wi-Fi symbol

To make it work, turn on Wi-Fi calling in Setting > Phone > Wi-Fi calling on your iPhone.

Image of iPhone settings page "phone"

Set Up Wi-Fi Calling

And while you are there, turn on calls on other devices and indicate the devices you want to use – like an iPad, an Apple watch, or your Mac. You can make those calls if your carrier supports Wi-Fi calling on iCloud-connected devices. Your iCloud-connected devices will work even if your iPhone isn’t on the same Wi-Fi network or even turned on. However, make sure you’re signed in to iCloud and FaceTime with the same Apple ID you use on your phone. Your device(s) must meet the following requirements.

  • Pad 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

Steps to make a Wi-Fi call from your iPad, iPod touch, or Mac

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

Steps to make a call from your Apple Watch

  • Open the Phone app on your watch. Icon for making a call on Apple Watch
  • Choose a contact
  • Tap the phone icon 
  • Select the phone number or FaceTime address that you want to call.

One last thing, you need to turn on Wi-Fi calling on your other devices to make all this work.

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 and choose FaceTime > Preferences > Settings and 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.

See more ways to make calls in my next blog entry. 

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