intelligentwatchreview How to Make Phone Calls on Your Apple Watch

Sure, the iPhone can make and receive phone calls. But you might not know that the Apple Watch can help you stay just a call away from anyone you need.

We’ll explain what you need and how to make phone calls on your Apple Watch.

What You’ll Need to Make Phone Calls on an Apple Watch

Whether you can make and place phone calls on your Apple Watch depends on a few different issues.

All Apple Watch models can make and place phone calls as long as you have it paired with an iPhone nearby that is turned on.

If you’re away from an iPhone, the GPS version of the Apple Watch can still place calls if your cellular carrier offers Wi-Fi calling for your iPhone.

As the name suggests, Wi-Fi calling allows you to place and make calls with just a Wi-Fi signal. Your watch needs to be within range of a Wi-Fi network that your iPhone has connected to in the past.

Related: Wi-Fi Calling on iPhone: A Complete Guide

Make sure Wi-Fi calling is enabled on your iPhone. Head to Settings > Phone. Then choose Wi-Fi Calling. Finally, turn on both Wi-Fi Calling on This iPhone and Add Wi-Fi Calling For Other Devices.

For any GPS + Cellular Apple Watch model, there’s no need to worry. You can use the watch for phone calls anywhere you receive a cellular signal, even if your iPhone is not nearby or turned off.

Head to the Phone App on Your Apple Watch

When you’re ready to make a call with the Apple Watch, it’s time to head to the Phone app.


In Favorites, you can quickly access contacts you’ve selected to add to the section on your iPhone. How to Make Phone Calls on Your Apple Watch

Recents shows the most recent calls made on your iPhone or Apple Watch.

Contacts will also show all the information from your iPhone. To make a call to a contact, select their information. Choose the phone icon. You can call the other party via their phone number or even FaceTime audio.

On the Apple Watch screen, you’ll see the name of the person you are talking to and how long the call has lasted. You’ll hear the other person using the Apple Watch’s built-in speaker. Just talk in a normal voice and the microphone will pick up your conversation.

To adjust call volume, turn the Digital Crown.

The mute button is in the lower-left corner of the screen. Press the large red phone icon to hand up the call.

You can also tap the … icon to bring up the keypad to enter additional numbers or transfer the call to your Bluetooth headphones like AirPods.

If you don’t have the person in your contacts, you can select Keypad to manually dial the number.

And if you ever miss a call, head to voicemail. You can hear the entire message and directly call the other party back, all without ever touching your iPhone.

Placing Apple Watch Calls Via Siri

To make a quick phone call on your Apple Watch, you can even use the power of Siri.

Related: How to Use Siri on the Apple Watch

You can ask the virtual assistant to dial a contact or even a phone number. It’s also possible to dial a contact using FaceTime Audio.

Answering Phone Calls on Your Apple Watch

It shouldn’t come as a surprise, but you can also answer phone calls on your Apple Watch. When a call notification starts on your watch, raise your wrist to see who is calling.

Hit the green phone icon to answer or the red icon to send it to voicemail. Tap the … icon to answer the call on your iPhone.

Never Be Out of Touch With the Apple Watch

While the iPhone will obviously be the best way to make phone calls, the Apple Watch is a great way to communicate with anyone in a pinch.

And along with phone calls, the Apple Watch offers a number of other ways to quickly communicate with anyone.

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Born and raised in sunny west Texas, Brent graduated from Texas Tech University with a BA in journalism. He's been writing about technology for more than 5 years and enjoys all things Apple, accessories, and security.

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