How to Transfer Calls from iPhone to Mac

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Do you want to transfer calls in real time from an iPhone to a Mac? Not only does this allow you to use the noticeably better sounding speakers on your MacBook or iMac, but you can also save battery life and stay focused on a single device. But if you're having trouble figuring out how to get phone calls on your Mac, you'll learn everything you need to know about the procedure below.

How to set up call transfer between iPhone and Mac

The Apple ecosystem is made up of a set of features called Continuity that allow you to do tasks from an iPhone to a Mac and vice versa. Among them is iPhone Cellular Calls, which allows you to initiate and answer calls directly using a Mac. In addition, it also makes it possible to transfer phone conversations in real time between devices. 

But as the name suggests, iPhone Cellular Calls only works with calls from your iPhone's cellular account. This prevents you, for example, from transferring FaceTime or third-party VOIP calls (eg Whatsapp and Skype) between devices. iPhone Cellular Calls also requires your iPhone and Mac to meet the following criteria before you can start using it.

iPhone and Mac should be registered in iCloud with the same Apple ID

Both your iPhone and your Mac must be registered in iCloud with the same Apple ID. You can quickly confirm this by opening the app Settings dell’iPhone e l’app System Preference Mac. Both apps list your Apple ID at the top of the screen or window.

If you need to sign in with a matching user account, tap or select the current Apple ID and use the option Logout on the next screen to log out first.

iPhone and Mac should be connected to FaceTime with the same Apple ID

Both iPhone and Mac must also be signed in to FaceTime with the same Apple ID.

To check this, go to Settings > FaceTime on iPhone. You should then see your Apple ID listed in the section ID called. If you want to change it, tap it and select Logout. You can then sign in again using the correct Apple ID.

On your Mac, open FaceTime and select FaceTime > Pref Renze. You should see your Apple ID listed on the tab Settings. You can then select Logout and log back in using a matching Apple ID if you wish.

iPhone and Mac should be nearby and connected to the same Wi-Fi network

You need to connect both your iPhone and your Mac to the same Wi-Fi network. The devices should also be closer together, preferably in the same room.

iPhone should be configured to allow calls on Mac

You need to configure your iPhone to allow other devices to make cellular calls. To do this, open the app Settings iPhone and go up Telephone > Calls on other devices. Follow it by toggling the switch next to Allow calls to other devices. Then, turn on the switch next to your Mac.

Mac's FaceTime preferences should be set up to make and receive calls

You also need to allow calls from your iPhone on the Mac. To do this, open the app FaceTime on your Mac and select FaceTime > Pref Renze. Then, in the tab Settings, check the box next to Calls from iPhone.

How to Transfer Calls from iPhone to Mac

After making or receiving a call on your iPhone, you can transfer it to your Mac during a conversation whenever you want.

To receive calls on the MAC, just tap the icon Audio on the iPhone call interface. Then, in the list of displayed devices, select your Mac. The default speaker icon should change to look like a Mac and the call should be transferred instantly to your Mac. Despite this, your iPhone will continue to forward the call. .

Note: a Starting with iOS 14, you may want to tap the compact incoming call notification at the top of the screen to activate the full screen calling interface.

How to handle a transferred call on Mac

After transferring a call from iPhone to Mac, you should see a notification named From your iPhone at the top right of the Mac screen. You can use the controls inside to manage the call. For example, tap the button Muto to mute the call or select end to finish it. You can also display a numeric keypad by tapping the nine-dot button.

How to transfer a call to iPhone

You can also transfer a call back from your Mac to iPhone. But you can only do this using your iPhone itself.

Then start by accessing the iPhone call interface by tapping the green colored icon at the top left of the screen. Then, tap the icon Audio and select iPhone. Notification From your iPhone it should disappear from your Mac and the call should be transferred to your iPhone momentarily.

How to receive or make a call directly on your Mac

Instead of transferring a call, you can also answer a call directly on the Mac. If your Mac is unlocked, you should see a notification whenever there is an incoming call. Select the button Accept to accept the call. Of course, you can always transfer it back to your iPhone using the exact instructions in the section above.

Additionally, you can make calls via the FaceTime and Contacts apps on your Mac and forward them via your iPhone. In FaceTime, for example, type the contact's phone number and select Call via iPhone.

Final report: if your carrier supports Wi-Fi calling, you can also use your Mac to make a call even when your iPhone isn't nearby. To make it work, open the Settings iPhone and go up Wi-Fi > Wi-Fi calling. Then, turn on the switch next to Allow Wi-Fi calling for other devices.

Change freely

The tips above should have helped you transfer calls from your iPhone to Mac. However, if you have any problems, be sure to double check that both devices meet the criteria for iPhone cellular calls. 

Besides that, it is also a good idea to rule out bugs and other problems by updating the system software on the iPhone and Mac. To do this, go to Settings > Generali > Software update your iPhone and System preference > Software update your Mac.

Further Reading:

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  • How to transfer photos from iPhone to MAC

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