MAKING AND RECEIVING CALLS
Sure, your iPhone allows you to do a lot of wonderful things—text, take pictures, play games, surf the web—but making calls is still its most primary function. Here's everything you need to know to start mastering all of your iPhone's most basic call-related features.
To make a call, tap the Phone icon on your Home screen. You can use any of the following options on the bottom row to make a call: Favorites, Recents, Contacts, and Keypad.
Your most frequently called contacts will automatically show up in Favorites. To manually assign a contact to Favorites, tap the Favorites tab and press the + button in the top right corner to select a contact. Specify whether you want the contact's number to be added to Favorites as a voice call, FaceTime audio call, or FaceTime video call. Now you can speed-dial the contacts that you speak to on a regular basis by opening Favorites and selecting their name.
Recents displays a history of calls you've made, answered, or missed, beginning with the most recent. Missed calls show the contact's name or number in red lettering. At the top of the screen, tap the All button to see a full call history or the Missed buttons to see only missed calls. Tap the contact's name or number to call, or tap the lower-case “i" to the right of each for full contact information and call details.
Contacts is your personal phone and address book. You can access it either from the Phone app or from the Contacts app icon on your Home screen. It's organized alphabetically by name—just scroll through and tap the contact you'd like to call. You'll also see a tiny vertical alphabet on the right side of the Contacts screen; you can skip to a certain letter of the alphabet by tapping on the letter rather than having to scroll through letter after letter on your hunt for a certain contact. There's also a Search field at the top of the screen that you can use to quickly locate a contact.
Keypad is what you use to dial a new number. Enter in the digits, and if you'd like to save the number in your contacts for future reference, tap the "+" symbol to add the number to Contacts before pressing the large green Call button.
STORING YOUR CONTACTS
Adding a new contact is simple—open the Contacts app (or the Contacts tab in the Phone app), press the "+" icon, fill in the fields, and tap Done. To edit an existing contact, find the contact and press Edit in the upper right corner, then change the necessary information. You can also delete a contact from the Edit page by scrolling to the bottom, pressing Delete Contact, and verifying. When you're back to a contact's main page, you can choose to send the contact a message, share the contact, or add it to Favorites.
SETTING UP VOICEMAIL
Voicemail, the fifth option on the bottom row of tabs in the Phone app, is where you'll see a list of all your voice messages. Tap one to listen to it. You can also play it on speaker, call back the contact, or delete the message. To record a personal voicemail greeting for others, tap Voicemail and your voicemail inbox will appear in a list. Tap Greeting in the upper left corner, then tap Custom to record your own welcome message. Select Default if you wish to keep the standard greeting provided by your network.
BLOCK & SILENCE CALLS
There may come a time when you want to block a specific user. To do this, tap the “i” button next to their name (if your carrier offers this option) and select Block this Caller. This will also block text messages and FaceTime calls from that contact. To edit your list of blocked callers, go to Settings > Phone > Blocked and tap Edit in the upper right corner. Your iPhone's Do Not Disturb feature is especially handy if you're in a meeting or otherwise busy. To enable this feature, swipe up for Control Center and tap the small crescent-moon icon. You can also schedule Do Not Disturb for particular times, as well as allow calls from Favorites and enable emergency calls by going to Settings > Do Not Disturb. Or, if you only want to hear potentially urgent calls, enabling the Repeated Calls feature lets a call come through if the caller dials a second time within three minutes.
When a call comes in, slide your finger left to right to answer or tap Message to automatically send a text message from a list of default options. To create your own custom message, tap Custom. You can change default options by going to Settings > Phone > Respond with Text and replacing them with your preferred text. In addition, when a call comes in, you can tap Remind Me to schedule a reminder to return the call. If you're in a meeting and you need to quickly mute the ringer, press the sleep/ wake button or volume control. You can decline the call by quickly pressing the sleep/wake button twice.
HANDLING MULTIPLE CALLS
This feature depends on whether your iPhone is GSM or CDMA. GSM supports up to five calls simultaneously, while CDMA only supports two. When you're on a call, simply tap Add Call to dial up another party. When you tap Add Call, you're taken to Contacts, where you can choose another person. You can also select someone from My Recent Calls and My Favorites or dial via the keypad. Once the person answers, tap Merge Calls, and all three of you will be able to take part in the conversation. If you're on a GSM network, you can repeat this process to add more people to the call.
TALK FACE- TO- FACE
You can call other iPhone and iPad users via FaceTime, whether over Wi-Fi or your cellular data connection. First, be sure you've enabled FaceTime by going to Settings > FaceTime. Then, select the contact you wish to call—either in the Contacts app, Phone app, or FaceTime app—and, next to where it says “FaceTime,” tap the video camera icon to start a video call or the phone icon to make an audio call.