How To Make Phone Calls On Mac: Apple’s software ecosystem connects a user’s Apple devices like nothing else in the market. Whether it’s the AirDrop feature for sending and receiving files across other Apple devices, or unlocking a Mac with Apple Watch, or fast-pairing AirPods with an iPhone, the magic of Apple’s software and hardware integration is phenomenal.
If you own an iPhone and a Mac device, you also can make phone calls directly from your Mac instead of reaching out to your iPhone for making calls. While the feature has been available on macOS for quite some time now, most Mac users fail to notice it since there is no dedicated Phone app found in macOS.
This is a useful feature, especially when you are using AirPods or other truly wireless pairs of earphones with your Mac, or it’s too much hassle to take your iPhone and make calls while you are working on an important project.
If you are interested in the idea of making phone calls on your Mac (via iPhone), then you can follow this guide to learn how to do it.
In order to make phone calls on your Mac, make sure that you meet the following requirements:
- Your iPhone is running at least iOS 8 or the latest version of iOS, which is 13.5 at the time of this writing.
- Both your iPhone and Mac devices should be logged in to iCloud and FaceTime on the same Apple ID.
- Your Apple devices should be connected to the same Wi-Fi network with access to the internet.
- Your phone carrier has to support the Wi-Fi calling feature.
Set up your iPhone for making phone calls on Mac
Here’s how you can set up your iPhone for making phone calls on Mac:
- Go to Settings from the iOS home screen, then tap the Phone option.
- Assuming that your carrier supports Wi-Fi calling, you should see the toggle next to the Wi-Fi Calling option. Tap it to turn on the feature.
- Under the same option, tap ‘Add Wi-Fi Calling For Other Devices.’ You can enable it to make phone calls on Mac over a different Wi-Fi network, or when your iPhone is turned off.
- In case you see ‘Calls on Other Devices’ instead of the option mentioned above, then tap it to allow calls using your Mac, albeit on the same Wi-Fi network.
*On older versions of iOS, the option is found under FaceTime settings, labeled as iPhone Cellular Calls.
Set up your Mac for making phone calls
Once you enable Wi-Fi calling on your iPhone, you will be prompted to turn on Calls from iPhone feature the next time you launch FaceTime on your Mac. In case you don’t get the option, then follow the steps below.
- From the FaceTime app on macOS, go to the Preferences menu and click Settings.
- Click Calls from iPhone to enable the feature.
If your iPhone is on a different Wi-Fi network, then you might see the Upgrade to Wi-Fi Calling option. Click it and follow the setup prompts as instructed on the screen.
Make phone calls on your Mac
Once you set up the Wi-Fi calling feature on your iPhone and Mac correctly, the easiest way to make phone calls on your Mac is to use Siri. Here’s how:
- Activate Siri on your Mac, then say the contact name or the number you would like to call.
- If Siri detects the command correctly, then you should see the caller pop-up window on the top right corner of the Mac desktop.
- You can either switch to FaceTime video, mute, end the calls, or toggle the dialer overlay from the caller pop-up window.
Make phone calls from FaceTime on Mac
If you don’t want to use Siri, then you can also make phone calls from the FaceTime app on macOS. The following steps will show you how to do it:
- Launch the FaceTime app from your Mac desktop.
- There’s a search option in the top-left corner of the FaceTime window. Enter the contact name or phone number in the search field, then click the Audio button below. You can also make a phone call from the call history in the FaceTime app.
Alongside FaceTime, you can make phone calls from Safari, Mail, Maps, Calendar, and the Reminders app on Mac by simply clicking a contact, email address, or phone number.
This guide covers detailed information on how to make phone calls from Mac devices. When you enable Wi-Fi calling, you can not only make phone calls but also receive calls on your Mac, as long as your carrier supports it or your Apple devices are on the same Wi-Fi network. Hopefully, this guide helps you increase your productivity on a Mac so that you can get more done in less time.
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