Make and answer phone or FaceTime calls with Siri

Siri can make and answer phone-calls and FaceTime calls on your iPhone, iPad and Mac. Here we go through the process of making a call.

Siri User Guide
Siri User Guide

Siri can make and answer phone calls and FaceTime calls using your iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple Watch, and HomePod. Here, we go through the process of making a hands-free call by asking Siri to dial for you.

Make a phone call or FaceTime call with Siri

You can activate Siri by:

  • Press and hold the Side/Home button until the Siri screen opens.
  • By saying "Hey Siri".
  • By using a pair of AirPods.

How to make a phone call with Siri

You can ask Siri to call a person or company in your contacts by speaking their number, name, or their relationship to you. We've written a separate article on how to set up contact relationships using Siri.

Just speak your command naturally, as if you are talking to another person:

Hey Siri, call Jane Smith
Hey Siri, call Dad
Hey Siri, call Dad on speaker
Hey Siri, call ACME Electronics
Hey Siri, call ### #### (phone number)

If you have more than one contact of the same name or no match is found, Siri will ask you for further information. If you regularly get a lot of name conflicts, look into setting up nicknames for your contacts.

How to make a FaceTime call with Siri

FaceTime is a great way to keep in touch with family and friends visually. It's a leading video chat service available to iPhone, iPad, and Mac users. Made even more incredible when used with Siri.

Note: You need to be signed in with your Apple ID for FaceTime to work.

To contact someone using FaceTime rather than by phone, say:

Hey Siri, FaceTime Jane Smith

Siri will ask you to choose the connection method (email address or iPhone number) and then make the call for you.

If you'd prefer not to show your face due to bedhead or don't want an important client to see you in your pajamas, you can also request a FaceTime audio call.

Hey Siri, FaceTime audio Jane Smith

How to answer a phone call or FaceTime call with Siri

You can use Siri to answer an incoming call on your iPhone or Apple Watch (with cellular) if you have a pair of AirPods, Beats headphones or a car with Bluetooth is connected.

When you receive an incoming call, you'll hear a ringing tone interrupt whatever it is you're already listening to.

Do the following to answer a call; do the same to hang up or switch calls:

  • AirPods Pro: Press the Force Sensor on either of your AirPods.
  • AirPods: (2nd generation) Tap either of your AirPods.
  • AirPods: (1st generation) Double-tap either of your AirPods.

From iOS 14.5 and later, Siri can tell you the name of the caller and respond to commands such as "Answer" or "Decline". There is no need to say "Hey Siri".

To enable this feature:

  • Open Settings on your iPhone.
  • Scroll down and tap on Siri & Search.
  • Tap on Announce Calls.
  • Select Headphones Only or Headphones & Car.
Announce Calls Settings
Announce Calls Settings

Want to discover more about using Siri, Apple’s popular virtual assistant? We’ve written a helpful collection of tutorials full of techniques for using apps, dictation, using Siri Shortcuts, and a comprehensive beginner’s guide to activating and using Siri.

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