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How to Use your Mac to make and receive phone calls

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When you want to make or receive a phone call, you don’t have to reach for your iPhone—you can use your Mac. When someone calls you, a notification appears on your Mac and you can take the call.

You can start a phone call on your Mac from FaceTime, Contacts, Safari, Mail, Maps, Spotlight, and many other apps.

Note:   Phone calls you make and receive on your Mac use cellular minutes—cellular charges may apply.

To make and receive phone calls on your Mac, make sure of the following:

  • Your iPhone has iOS 8 installed.

  • Your Mac and iPhone are on the same Wi-Fi network.
  • Your Mac and iPhone are signed in to iCloud and FaceTime using the same Apple ID.
  • Your Mac and iPhone have iPhone Cellular Calls turned on.

Turn on or off iPhone Cellular Calls on your Mac

  1. Open FaceTime, then choose FaceTime > Preferences.

  2. Select iPhone Cellular Calls.

    If you don’t see the iPhone Cellular Calls option, make sure you meet all of the above requirements, then open FaceTime preferences again.

To turn off phone calls, deselect iPhone Cellular Calls.

Turn on or off iPhone Cellular Calls on your iPhone

Tap Settings, tap FaceTime, then turn iPhone Cellular Calls on or off.

You can still make and receive phone calls on your iPhone with this option turned off.

Make calls

From FaceTime: Click Audio to see your past phone calls, or enter a phone number in the search field, then click the Audio button .

From Contacts: Select a contact, move your pointer over a phone number, then click the Phone button .

From Safari: Select a phone number in a webpage, click the pop-up menu , then choose which iPhone you want to use to make the call.

From Mail: Place the pointer over a phone number in an email, click the pop-up menu , then choose which iPhone you want to use to make the call.

From Maps: When you find a place of interest, click it, click the Info button , place your pointer over a phone number, then click the Phone button .

From Spotlight: Enter the name of a person or place in the Spotlight search field, then select the matching search result. Move the pointer over a phone number, then click the Phone button .

Answer calls

You can accept or decline incoming calls, send the person a text message using iMessage, or create a reminder to call the person back.

While you’re on a call

Mute yourself: Click Mute.

You can still hear the other person on the call.

Answer automated phone system prompts: Click the phone call notification and enter numbers.

Switch to a FaceTime video call: Click Video.

Use call waiting: If you’re on a call, and a new phone call notification appears, click Hold & Accept. Click Switch calls button to switch between calls.

Start a conference call when you have another call on hold: When you’re on a phone call and have another phone call on hold, click Merge.

Transfer the call to your iPhone: Unlock your iPhone, then tap the “Touch to return to call” banner at the top of the screen on your iPhone.

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