Call and text forwarding
Send and receive calls and texts on your Mac and other devices
Now it no longer matters if your iPhone is in another room when you receive a call or a text message. Provided that there’s a Mac or other Apple device to hand, there’s no need to rush to the iPhone to respond: iOS 8.1 allows your phone to forward voice calls and SMS or MMS messages to your iPad, your iPod touch and even your Mac.
We say forward, but in fact all of your devices – including your iPhone – will attract your attention, meaning there’s less pressure on you to keep your phone on your person. It works in the opposite direction too, enabling you to initiate calls and send SMS and MMS messages from those devices by routing calls and texts over Wi-Fi back to your iPhone.
As in the case of other Continuity features in iOS and OS X, there are a couple of conditions to meet before your iPhone can start forwarding calls and messages to other devices. All of your devices need to be signed into the same iCloud account as your iPhone, and they also need to be connected to the same Wi-Fi network as the iPhone.
Phone calls are forwarded to the FaceTime app on your other devices. This feature is automatically enabled for you, but you don’t have to accept it on all of your devices – if you’d rather not receive calls on your Mac or iPad, the feature can be turned off on individual devices and left enabled on others – whatever suits you. Conversations by SMS and MMS take place in the Messages app on both iOS and OS X. Alan Stonebridge
Working in the study, but left your iPhone in the lounge? Just pick up the call from your Mac!