The great thing about Apple products is how everything works together. For instance, when I’m working at my iMac, and my iPhone starts buzzing, I can take the call on my Mac and continue, if necessary, working hands-free while I talk – thanks to the iPhone Cellular Calls feature.
You can use iPhone Cellular Calls with any Mac (or iPad or iPod touch) that meets Apple’s Continuity System Requirements. Continuity is Apple’s feature that allows you to connect all your Apple devices when you sign in to your Apple ID on all of them.
For phone calls, as mentioned, make sure that:
- Your Mac and iPhone are both signed in to iCloud with the same Apple ID
- Both are signed in to use FaceTime with the same Apple ID
- They both have Wi-Fi turned on
- They are connected to the same network using Wi-Fi or Ethernet
Set up your iPhone and Mac
Done all that? Okay! Now take your iPhone and go to “Settings > Phone > Calls on Other Devices,” then turn on “Allow Calls on Other Devices.”
On your Mac, open the FaceTime app, then choose “FaceTime > Preferences.” Click “Settings,” then select “Calls From iPhone.”
How to make Wi-Fi calls
If your carrier supports Wi-Fi calling on other devices, you can set up those devices to make and receive calls even when your iPhone isn’t turned on or nearby.
To place a Wi-Fi call from your Mac, make sure that Wi-Fi calling is enabled on your iPhone and that your Mac is added to the list of supported devices. Turn on Wi-Fi calling in “Settings > Phone > Wi-Fi Calling.” Now click the “Add Wi-Fi Calling for Other Devices” and follow the prompts.
Open FaceTime, and tap Audio. Enter a contact or phone number and tap the phone button. You can also place a call by tapping a phone number in Contacts, Mail, Messages, Safari, and other apps.
How to make and answer phone calls on your Mac
Now you’re ready to make a phone call on your Mac. In Safari you can double-click a phone number and select “Call [phone number] Using iPhone.”
In Contacts, selecting the contact associated with a number, and click the phone icon. It will launch FaceTime and place an audio call.
Conversely, you can open the FaceTime app, enter a phone number in the search field, then click Audio.
On your Mac, a notification appears when someone calls your iPhone. You can answer the call, send it to voicemail, or send the caller a message.