How to use call relay to make and take calls from your iPhone on your iPhone

Call relay lets you answer and place calls from your iPhone using your iPad. It's part of Continuity, and it means that if your iPhone is in your pocket or bag, across the room or in another room entirely, you no longer have to worry about getting to it just to take or make a call. Instead, as long as you're logged into the same Apple ID (iCloud account) and on the same Wi-Fi network, you can take or make those calls right from your iPad or Mac. It uses the same phone number, carrier, and plan as your iPhone, so the person on the other end won't know the difference. Call relay also uses the same interface as the Phone app on your iPhone, so you get all the features you're used to as well, including the caller's number, contact picture, and more. That makes it not only convenient, but easy to use as well!

Continuity call relay requirements

In order for call relay to work, both your iPhone and iPad need to be:

  1. Running iOS 8.1 or later.
  2. Connected to the same Wi-Fi network.
  3. Logged into the same Apple ID (iCloud account).

How to enable or disable call relay on your iPhone or iPad

You can choose which iPhones and iPads work with call relay. That way, you have the convenience of using the devices you want while avoiding the ringing and other annoyances on the ones you don't.

  1. Launch the Settings app on your iPhone.
  2. Tap on FaceTime.
  3. Turn On the option for iPhone Cellular Calls if it isn't enabled already.
  4. Repeat the same steps on your iPad as well.

To disable call relay, select Off instead.

How to place a call from your iPad with Continuity Calling and the Contacts app

  1. Launch the Contacts app on your iPad and find the contact you'd like to call.
  2. Tap the Phone icon next to the number you'd like to call.

That's all there is to it! Your iPad will automatically connect the call using your iPhone.

How to place a call from your iPad with Continuity Calling and Safari

  1. Launch Safari on your iPad.
  2. Start searching for the store, business, or location you'd like to call.
  3. Tap on the Maps suggestion when it appears.
  4. Tap on the Phone icon to place the call.

Keep in mind the Safari method may not work if the number you're looking for isn't published. However, this works great for businesses and restaurants where you may not know the number. It's just as easy as searching your contacts! You can also tap any number on an actual web page in order to call it through your iPad. Give it a try and let me know in the comments how it works for you!

And if you experience any issues setting up and using Continuity Calling, check out our troubleshooting guide and we'll get you up and running in no time!