iPhone Life Magazine - - How To -

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

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