How to Switch Cellular and FaceTime Audio Calls Between iPhone and Apple Watch

You can now quickly transfer calls between your iPhone and Apple Watch. Apple ecosystem allows you to use Handoff feature on your watch and phone to take calls on one device and continue the call on another.

Apple has created an incredible ecosystem and once you become a part of this system, you would never like to leave it. Here is one more reason to make the most of Apple devices. You can transfer cellular and FaceTime audio calls between Apple Watch and iPhone.

There are many situations wherein you are forced to switch calls from iPhone to Apple Watch and vice versa. Normally, your iPhone is your primary device for communication, and for this reason, constant use can drain its battery. With low battery status on your iPhone, you can continue your calls on Apple Watch. Let’s take a deep dive into this handy feature.

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How to Switch Cellular and FaceTime Audio Calls Between iPhone and Apple Watch

Earlier, this feature was limited between iPhone, iPad, and Mac. But with watchOS 4.2, you can use it on Apple Watch as well. Moreover, you can transfer calls between the devices even while the call is in progress. A FaceTime audio call is a welcome addition to this new feature.

Before you go ahead, make sure your iPhone is running iOS 11.2 or later, and your Apple Watch watchOS 4.2 and later. Turn on Handoff on both devices and your iPhone and Apple Watch must be enabled by Wi-fi and Bluetooth.

To enable Handoff on iPhone:

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SettingsGeneralHandoff → Toggle ON.

Enable Handoff on iPhone

To enable Handoff on Apple Watch:

Open Watch app on iPhone → General → Turn on Enable Handoff.

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Enable Handoff on Apple Watch

After setting up Handoff feature, you are good to go to handoff calls from your iPhone to Apple Watch and the other way round.

Transfer Calls from iPhone to Apple Watch

Remember, the process also applies to switch FaceTime audio calls between iPhone and Apple Watch.

Step #1. First off, when you receive a phone call or FaceTime audio call, pick it up on your iPhone.

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Receive Call on iPhone

Step #2. Next, tap on that green phone app icon on the top middle of your Apple Watch.

Tap on Green Phone app icon of Apple Watch

Step #3. Now your watch shows you the current call. Swipe your finger up on the watch face and tap on AirPlay icon.

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Swipe and Tap on AirPlay icon to Transfer Calls from iPhone to Apple Watch

After finishing the conversation, you can disconnect the call by tapping on the red button.

Tap on red button to disconnect the call on Apple Watch

Switch Calls from Apple Watch to iPhone

Step #1. When you receive a call, answer it on your Apple Watch.

Receive Call on Apple Watch

Step #2. Next, take your iPhone in your hands and tap on that green strip seen on the top of your iPhone screen.

Tap on Green strip seen on the top of screen to transfer calls from Apple Watch to iPhone

If you own an iPhone X and later (with Face ID feature), your iPhone will flash a receiver icon in the upper left corner. Simply tap on that receiver icon and continue the call on your phone.

iPhone X will flash a receiver icon in the upper left corner

This will open the Phone app on your iPhone and your call is smoothly transferred to your iPhone.

That’s all friends!

Summing up…

The call transfer between iPhone and Apple Watch comes handy when you are in the middle of something important. Whether it is a cellular call or a FaceTime audio call, above methods work similarly on your iPhone and Apple Watch.

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Jignesh Padhiyar
Jignesh Padhiyar is the co-founder of who has a keen eye for news, rumors and all the unusual stuff that happens around Apple products. During his tight schedule, Jignesh finds some moments of respite to share side-splitting contents on social media.

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