How to Make and Receive Phone Calls on Your Mac

  Matt Cone       February 10, 2021      Tutorials Mac


If you own a Mac and an iPhone, you can enable a feature that allows you to make and receive cellular phone calls from your Mac. This is handy if you primarily work on your Mac and prefer to take calls using whatever Bluetooth headset is connected to your Mac. This is a free feature that works even when you’re not next to your iPhone.

Facetime icon

Prerequisites

To make and receive phone calls on your Mac, make sure you’ve done the following:

Enabling the Phone Calling Feature on Your Mac

Here’s how to make and receive phone calls on your Mac:

  1. On your iPhone, from the home screen, tap Settings.

  2. Tap Phone.

  3. Tap Calls on Other Devices.

    Enable calling on Mac

  4. Move the Allow Calls on Other Devices switch to the on position. Make sure the switch for your Mac is in the on position.

  5. On your Mac, open the Facetime application.

  6. From the Facetime menu, select Preferences.

  7. Select the Calls from iPhone checkbox.

    Enable calling on Mac

Congratulations! Your Mac is now configured to make and receive cellular phone calls.

Making Phone Calls From Your Mac

You can now make phone calls from your Mac using the Facetime application. You can enter a phone number in the search field in the Facetime application and click the Audio button to call the number.

Applications like Contacts, Calendar, and Safari automatically detect phone numbers. Click on the phone number, and Facetime will automatically start calling the contact. An example is shown below in the Contacts applications — click one of the phone icons to initiate the phone call to the contact.

Enable calling on Mac

When you receive a phone call, a notification will be displayed on your Mac. Click the notification to accept the phone call.

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