How to make calls on an Apple Watch – and enable Wi-Fi Calling

A guide to leaving your iPhone in your pocket and chatting from the wrist
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Making calls on your Apple Watch is quick and easy and saves pulling out your iPhone when you can just tap a button on your wrist - or use Siri.

What's more, if you have an Apple Watch with LTE, you don't even need an iPhone to be present.

If you're vaguely remembering something about a favorites list, you can forget about all that. That's how making a call on the Watch used to be done. Things have changed, so let's see how you can swap your iPhone for your smartwatch when you need to get in touch.

How to make a call on an Apple Watch


Make a call via your address book

1) Tap the Digital Crown.
2) Scroll to the Phone app.

So far, so good, but now you've got some options. You can go to your favorites, check out your recent calls, scroll through your contacts, use the keypad or access your voicemails.

For the purposes of this how-to, let's head over to contacts:

1) Use the Digital Crown to scroll through your contacts.
2) Choose a contact.
3) Tap on the Phone icon.

Boom, you're calling.


Make a call using Siri

The first, and most easy way, is to use Siri. Just raise that wrist and say "Hey Siri" and then something like "Call Paul", "Dial 555-123-4567", or "call Steve via FaceTime Audio".

It's all simple and to the point, but Siri can be a bit fiddly around names - but it's probably the most hassle-free option. However, if you're out in public and don't want to tell the world who you're calling there is an alternative.

Make a call by punching in a number

If you don't have someone in your contacts, you can also just use the keypad, which will have you input the number and then call it.

For the most part, your Apple Watch should take care of the connections by itself.

If it's connected to your iPhone, it'll route things through there. If it's on cellular, it'll take care of things itself when you're out and about and need to call. There's also Wi-Fi Calling, a feature you can use if your carrier supports it.

How to enable Wi-Fi calling

If your carrier supports Wi-Fi Calling, this means you can make calls without your iPhone present or connected – as long as your Apple Watch has a Wi-Fi connection. This is really useful, and you'll want this turned on.

1) On your iPhone go to Settings and tap Phone.
2) Tap Wi-Fi Calling.
3) Turn on both Wi-Fi Calling and Add Wi-Fi Calling for other devices.

Now head over to the Watch app.

1) Tap My Watch.
2) Click on Phone.
3) Turn on Wi-Fi Calls.

Congratulations, you're all ready to make calls on your Apple Watch.

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Husain Sumra


Husain joined Wareable in 2017 as a member of our San Fransisco based team. Husain is a movies expert, and runs his own blog, and contributes to MacRumors.

He has spent hours in the world of virtual reality, getting eyes on Oculus Rift, HTC Vive and Samsung Gear VR. 

At Wareable, Husain's role is to investigate, report and write features and news about the wearable industry – from smartwatches and fitness trackers to health devices, virtual reality, augmented reality and more.

He writes buyers guides, how-to content, hardware reviews and more.

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