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How to use the calling features of the Apple Watch

A surprisingly wonderful way to use the Apple Watch is by making and receiving quick calls while on the go or at your desk. Cory Bohon shares some tips for using the Apple Watch to talk on the phone.

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One of the most surprising features of the Apple Watch has been the ability to answer calls right from your wrist without pulling your phone out of your pocket. This is great for the quick call on speaker phone while you sit at your desk. Let's take a look at some of the lesser-known calling features of the Apple Watch.

Using Siri to call on speakerphone

The quickest and easiest way to make a call on the Apple Watch is by using Siri. This allows you to kickstart the Watch calling through your iPhone's cellular connection. To do this, perform these steps on your Apple Watch:

  1. Press and hold the digital crown
  2. When Siri appears, say "Call x on speakerphone," replacing "x" with the name of the contact stored on your device that you wish to call (Figure A)

Figure A

Figure A

You can use Siri to start a call on the Apple Watch.

Your Apple Watch will begin calling the person you specified. Hold your Apple Watch in front of you (you don't need to hold it up to your mouth or ear). To adjust the volume of the speakerphone call, scroll the digital crown up or down during a call.

Answering on your iPhone

Sometimes, if you have a longer call (or a call that's a little more private), you'll want to answer it on your iPhone without talking via speakerphone. While you could fumble trying to get out your iPhone before the call goes to voice mail, you may opt to follow these steps instead:

  1. When a call appears on your Apple Watch, use the digital crown to scroll down
  2. Tap "Answer on iPhone" (Figure B)

Figure B

Figure B

You can choose to answer your call on your iPhone.

When you do this, an audio message is read aloud to the caller stating "Please Wait," followed by a tone until you pick up on your iPhone. This makes it easy to answer on your iPhone, especially if your phone is in another room, without completely missing the call.

Sending a message to the caller

Sometimes, you might not want to talk on the phone to the caller. Don't leave them hanging on the other end. Instead, send them an iMessage to let them know you'll call them back later—or send another message dictated through the microphone on your Apple Watch by following these steps:

  1. When a call appears on your Apple Watch, use the digital crown to scroll down
  2. Tap on "Send a Message" (Figure C)
  3. Tap a reply to send back or dictate the message you wish to return to the caller

Figure C

Figure C

You can use your Apple Watch to send a message to the caller.

When you tap an auto-generated message, the iMessage will be sent back to the caller immediately to let them know you can't answer at that moment.

What other tips and tricks have you learned for making or receiving calls with the help of your Apple Watch? Share your expertise in the discussion thread below.

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About Cory Bohon

Cory Bohon is an indie developer specializing in iOS and OS X development. He runs a software company called Cocoa App and is also a developer at MartianCraft. He was introduced to technology at an early age and has been writing about his favorite te...

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