With your device running iOS 10.2 or later and macOS 10.13.2 or later, you can switch cellular phone calls between your iPhone, iPad, and Mac. So, while talking with your friend if you happen to find the battery of your iPhone running low on power or wish to take the full advantage of the more powerful speaker, you can instantly transfer the call from your iPhone to your iPad or Mac.
To use this continuity feature, your devices must be connected to the same Wi-Fi network. One thing worth noting is that it currently works only with cellular phone calls. More after the jump:
How to Transfer Phone Calls from iPhone to iPad and Mac
Before getting started with this Continuity feature, you need to ensure that your device meets the requirements. Set up your devices to work with it and do check out the things you can and can’t do with it.
Continuity system requirements:
- Your iPhone and iPad must be running iOS 11.2 or newer.
- The Mac must be running macOS High Sierra 10.13.2 or later.
- Keep your devices near each other.
- Each of your device must be signed in to iCloud with the same Apple ID.
- Each device must be signed in to FaceTime with the same Apple ID.
- Make sure Wi-Fi is turned on your devices.
- The devices must be connected to the same local network.
- With this feature, you can transfer a cellular phone call from iPhone to a nearby iPad and vice versa.
- You will also be able to transfer a cellular phone call from iPhone to a nearby Mac.
How to Enable Your iPhone to Transfer Calls to iPad and Mac
Step #1. Tap on Settings → Phone.
Step #2. Tap on Calls on Other Devices on your iPhone.
Step #3. Turn on Allow Calls on Other Devices and choose your nearby iCloud devices from the lists.
If you don’t want to switch the phone call to a certain device, turn off the switch which is right next to it.
How to Enable Your iPad and Mac to Accept Transferred iPhone Calls
Ensure that Calls from iPhone option is enabled on your iPad and Mac in FaceTime settings.
On your iPad: Open Settings app → Scroll down and tap on FaceTime and turn on Calls from iPhone.
On youme Mac: Open FaceTime and click on FaceTime menu. Then select Preferences.
Check the box for “Calls from iPhone.”
There are certain things you can’t do:
- You can’t transfer a Wi-Fi call between devices.
- Can’t transfer a FaceTime audio or video call between devices.
- Can’t transfer a cellular call accepted on your Mac back to your iPhone.
- Also, Can’t transfer a cellular call from iPhone to your Apple Watch.
- Can’t transfer a cellular call to a device not on the same Wi-Fi network as your iPhone
How to Transfer Phone Calls from iPhone to iPad or Mac
Step #1. Launch Phone app on your iPhone and make a call using cellular. (You can also ask your friend to call you on your iPhone and then switch the phone call to your other device.)
Step #2. Now, tap on the Audio button on the calling screen.
Step #3. Next, you have to select an iPad or Mac from the list to transfer the call to.
Once the call is transferred, the selected device will display the calling screen.
Note: Just in case your iPad/Mac is not listed, make sure that they are on the same Wi-Fi network as your iPhone.
Now, the device where you have transferred the call will display “From Your iPhone” on the calling screen.
On your iPhone’s calling screen, the Audio button will change to show the device where a call has been transferred to.
If you want to switch the call back to your iPhone, choose it from the Audio menu on the calling screen. Just in case you are not in the Phone app, tap on the green status bar at the top of the screen to return to the Phone app and make the change.
You can transfer calls from your Mac to an iPhone. But to do so, you need to select a call on your Mac first.
That’s all folks!
With the arrival of this nice feature, the imposing profile of Continuity has been further enhanced. Let me know what you think of it in the comments below.
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