Call failed on iPhone? 10 Ways to fix the issue

How to fix Call failed issue on iPhone

Making phone calls is the most basic function of your smartphone. So, of course, it’s super annoying when you dial a number, and the call fails on your iPhone. If it’s any comfort, you’re not alone. This glitch affects many users, and we’re here to help you solve the problem. Check out our tips below to help fix the call failure issues on your iPhone.

1. Dial *#31#

Almost sure shot and easiest way to fix the problem of call failed on your iPhone is to dial *#31#.

dial *#31# on iphone

2. Turn off and on Airplane Mode

Open the Settings app and tap on the icon for Airplane Mode to enable it. After 30 seconds, tap on the same toggle to disable it. Now, try to make a phone call. It should work.

turn on airplane mode on iphone

3. Restart your iPhone

Even after following the above fix, if you have trouble making phone calls, try restarting your iPhone. The simplest way is to use the buttons as you usually do. You may also open the Settings app and tap on General. Next, choose Shut Down. After a minute, turn on your iPhone and try making a call. The issue will most likely be fixed.

shutdown your iphone

4. Remove and reinsert SIM card

All modern iPhones have the SIM card slot on the right side. Use the ejector tool or a pin to remove the SIM card carefully. Next, slowly and with caution, rub it on a soft dry cloth and insert it back.

5. Reset Network Settings

If you think that network is the culprit behind call failed on iPhone, you can go for Reset Network Settings. Most network-related issues like the inability to make phone calls, message failures, cellular data issues are fixed after a reset. Please know that this won’t delete any personal data, but things like your saved Wi-Fi connection, Bluetooth devices, VPN configurations will be erased.

  1. To perform a Network reset, open the Settings app → GeneralReset.

    tap on general and then tap reset in settings on iphone
  2. Reset Network Settings → Enter your iPhone passcode and confirm.

    Reset Network Settings on iPhone

6. Reset All Settings

If the above less severe reset did not work, please follow the same steps as above and choose Reset All Settings. The consequences of this are more significant.

It will erase or return to default, all settings you have ever changed on your iPhone. This includes keyboard settings, Home Screen layout, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, VPN, Location Settings, and more. But, it won’t delete any personal data like photos, videos, apps, music, etc.

7. Update your software

  1. Open the Settings app and tap on General.

    open settings and tap then on general on iphone
  2. Next, tap on Software Update. If you see a pending update available, tap on Download and Install.

    Update iOS on iPhone or iPad

Once the process completes, there is a strong possibility that the call failed issue is successfully addressed.

8. Check the blocked contacts list

Maybe someday you had intentionally or accidentally blocked a contact. To make sure that the number you are trying to call is not blocked. For this, open the Settings app and tap on Phone. Scroll down and then tap on Blocked Contacts.

tap on phone and then tap blocked contacts in iphone settings

If the person/number is added here, swipe right to left on it and tap on Unblock.

unblock blocked contacts on iphone

9. See if Call Forwarding is Turned On

Call forwarding may also cause interference, and thus if you are facing call failures, make sure you turn it off. For this open the Settings app and tap on Phone. Next, tap on Call Forwarding. Wait for it to load. And if it is enabled, tap on the toggle to disable it.

make sure call forwarding is disabled on iphone

10. Contact Your Carrier

Finally, if nothing helps, contact your mobile carrier. You can reach them via email, Twitter, or use their mobile app. Make sure there is no pending bill or unpaid charges that have resulted in the suspension of the service.

That’s all!

These are some ways to successfully fix the call failing issue on the iPhone. I hope one of the solutions helped you out of this problem. At last, also give a shot at updating your carrier settings.

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  1. Could be many reasons. But this fixed mine (Android Pixel 2 XL on AT&T):
    Settings / Network & Internet / Mobile Network / Preferred network type:
    WAS: “LTE (recommended)”
    CHANGED TO: “3G”

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