How to Automatically Answer Phone Calls on iPhone in iOS 11

Hidden a bit deep in the Settings is an option to enable auto-answer calls in iOS 11 on iPhone. Head over to get started with this new feature in order to make your life easier!


Many a time I miss to pick up calls not because I can’t hear the ring but because I get a bit too late to receive them. It generally happens with me when I’m having dinner/lunch with my family, and my iPhone is lying on the bed. It also happens when my hands are too busy in enjoying something really tasty to pick out the phone from the pocket quickly. Finally, there is a right answer to it! You can now automatically answer phone calls in iOS 11 on your iPhone and iPad.

Interestingly, the option to enable auto-calls is slightly under the wraps. Instead of being available in the Phone app or its settings, it’s available as part of Accessibility suite. Read on to find out how it works the right way!

How to Enable Auto-Answer Calls in iOS 11 on iPhone and iPad

Step #1. Launch Settings app on your iOS device → Tap on General.

Tap on Settings Then General

Step #2. Now, tap on Accessibility.

Tap on Accessibility in iPhone Settings

Step #3. Next up, you need to scroll down and tap on Call Audio Routing.

Tap on Call Audio Routing in iPhone Settings

Step #4. Now, you need to determine where audio will be heard.

Select Audio Output in Call Routing in iOS 11

By default, Automatic is selected, which means the audio will be heard on iPhone. You also have the option to route it over Bluetooth Headset or Speaker. Depending on your need, choose the preferred option.

Step #5. You need to determine the duration of time to wait after which the call is answered automatically. To do so, tap on Auto-Answer Calls.

Tap on Auto-Answer Calls in iOS 11 on iPhone

Step #6. Now, toggle the switch next to Auto-Answer Calls.

Enable Auto-Answer Calls in iOS 11 on iPhone

Then, you have to increase/decrease the duration of time. To increase the time, tap on the “+” button and to decrease the time tap on “-“ button.

Adjust Auto-Answer Call Time on iPhone in iOS 11

That’s done!

Video: How to enable Auto Answer Calls on iPhone running iOS 11

Now, you will be able to automatically pick up calls after the set duration of time. If you ever wish to disable, follow the same steps and turn auto-answer calls switch in the end.

Your Take

What do you think of this new feature in iOS 11? In which situation would you like to use it? Shoot your views in the comments below.

The only downside of this feature, if any, is that it will automatically answer even spam or fraud calls. I wish there was a way to avoid it.

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