Working smoothly between hardware and software is one of the factors for Apple’s success with their devices. You can use Handoff option to share the calling feature across your devices. This helps you to make calls from your Mac using your iPhone. In addition, you can also pick up the calls on your Mac when someone calls your iPhone number. We will explain how you can make use of this handoff to make and receive calls without running for your iPhone.
Setup for Receive and Make Calls from Mac
In order to use your iPhone with Mac, you have to setup the followings:
- Enable handoff feature in both devices.
- Connect to Bluetooth and pair the devices.
In addition, you have connected both the devices using the same wireless connection and logged in using the same iCloud account.
Setting Up Handoff in Mac
- On your Mac, click on the Apple menu on top left corner.
- Go to “System Preferences…” section.
- Click on the “General” option and look at the bottom of that section.
- Enable the option that says, “Allow Handoff between this Mac and your iCloud devices”.
Settings Up Handoff in iPhone
- Go to your iPhone and tap on the “Settings” app.
- Tap on the “General” and go to “AirPlay & Handoff” section.
- Move the slider and enable “Handoff” option.
Connect Bluetooth and Pair Devices
- Click on the Bluetooth icon on the top bar of your Mac and turn on it.
- Similarly, go to “Settings > Bluetooth” section on your iPhone and enable Bluetooth.
- You can pair the devices either from Mac or from iPhone by selecting the name of your device.
- We recommend you to pair your Mac from iPhone to have the stable connection.
If this is a first time you are pairing with Bluetooth, you will receive a verification code on other device. Confirm the code by clicking or tapping the “Pair” option.
Receiving iPhone Calls in Mac
Now that you have setup Handoff feature successfully. When someone calls your iPhone mobile number or calls through FaceTime, you will get a notification on your Mac like below.
Accept or Reject the Call
You can accept the call and start using your Mac as a speaker for your iPhone. After accepting, you will see a small call box like below. You can mute, end the call or change to video call while talking.
In addition, you can click on the dial pad and call other numbers. This is useful when you want to connect multiple contacts in a conference call without reaching out your iPhone.
In case, if you or someone accepted the call on your iPhone, you will see a message on Mac that the call was answered.
If you don’t want to accept, click on the “Decline” option to reject the call.
Note: When you receive a call, Mac will open FaceTime app on the Dock and close the app when you disconnect the call.
Call Reminder Options
Alternatively, click on the small arrow next to decline to view additional options. You can reply the call with a message or select a reminder option to remind you later.
When you select “Reply with Message…”, Mac will open a small iMessage text box. You can type and send your message instead of accepting the call.
If you choose one of the time reminder options, Mac will create a reminder in “Reminders” app and send a notification. You can open “Reminders” app and check the reminder any time later.
Make Calls from Mac Using iPhone Number
The best part of using Handoff feature is that you can make phone or FaceTime call from your Mac. Simply, open “Contacts” app and find the person you want to call. Click on the small phone icon to call using your iPhone.
When the receiver accepts the call, you will see the dial pad similar to when you receive the call on your Mac. Using the dial pad, you can call multiple people and connect them in a conference call or change to a video call when using FaceTime.
It is very convenient to make or receive call directly from your Mac using iPhone. Though you have to make the initial setup on both devices, this is a one-time setup. If you receive a call or need to make call between the busy work on your Mac, you do not need to run around for your iPhone anymore.