How to Use iOS 8 Continuity to Make and Receive Calls on iPad or Mac via Your iPhone
With the new Continuity feature in iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite, Apple has allowed users to do some exciting functions and one of the most important of those is the ability to make and receive phone calls when the iPhone is not around or it’s being charged in another room. Yes, that’s now possible: The Continuity feature lets you make and answer a call on your Mac or iPad as long as your iPhone running iOS 8 is on the same Wi-Fi network.
Though Apple’s FaceTime service can be used for video and audio calls on all iOS devices and Macs with the same account, phone calls over the cellular networks remain limited to iPhones. However, the latest update to iOS has changed the things making you “connected like never before.”
The incoming calls showing the caller’s name, number, and profile picture will show up on associated iDevices once the iPhone begins ringing. So you can simply click or swipe the notification to answer or ignore the call, or respond it with a quick message. Similarly, you can place a call from your iPad or Mac by just tapping a phone number in Contacts, Calendar, or Safari.
Continuity’s call making and answering feature requires an iPhone 5 or later, fourth-generation iPad or newer, iPad mini, or fifth-generation iPod touch.
Here is a short guide to walk you through all the steps required to make and receive calls on iPad, iPod touch or Mac using iPhone running iOS 8.
Note: Before you start following the below steps, it’s worth mentioning that your Apple devices running iOS 8/OS X Yosemite can make and receive phone calls only when the iPhone is connected to the same Wi-Fi network, and signed into iCloud and FaceTime with the same Apple ID.
Moreover, this feature will be available on Mac when the OS X Yosemite is publicly released in October.
Steps to Make and Receive Calls on iPad or Mac via iPhone
- Launch the Settings app, and tap on iCloud to make sure that the devices are signed in to the same iCloud account.
- Go back to the main Settings menu. Scroll down and tap on FaceTime to ensure that iPhone Cellular Calls is enabled on iPhone, and iPhone Mobile Calls is enabled on the iPad, and that you’ve logged in to the same iCloud account for FaceTime on iPhone and iPad.
- Navigate back to Settings menu and tap on Wi-Fi, and connect the two devices to the same Wi-Fi network.
- Now, open the Contacts app on your iPad and tap on the phone number of any contact. For iPad or iPod touch, you can also tap a recent contact in the multitasking screen.
- This will launch the phone app-like interface on the iPad, and inform you that the call is being made ‘using your iPhone.’
- A green banner-like notification will show up on your iPhone indicating that it is being used for a phone call. If you tap on it, the phone app will be launched and you can continue with the call on your iPhone. It will then notify on your iPad that the call was handed off.
- Similarly, you will see a phone call-like notification on the iPad when you get a call on your iPhone. You can then either tap on the Accept button to receive the call on the iPad via your iPhone or decline it.
How to Disable iPhone Cellular calls
- Navigate to the Settings app on your iPhone
- Tap on FaceTime
- Tap on the toggle for iPhone Cellular Calls to turn it to Off.
If you’ve got an iPhone and an iPad or Mac, and you’ve tried this Continuity calling feature then do share your experience with us in the comments.
Source: iPhone Hacks
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