Phone calls on the Apple Watch


Apple Watch and iPhone running iOS 11.

Submitted by: Nancy Gravely


On Apple Watch, calls are routed through the iPhone, but you can answer using your Apple Watch, even if your iPhone in another room or tucked away.

Answering a call on your watch works just like the calls on iPhone. You tap the green answer button. If you don't want to answer it, you can tap the red decline button and send the call to voicemail.

If your watch rings at an inconvenient time you can mute the ring sound by covering the watch display with the palm of your hand for three seconds and then tap to confirm that mute is enabled. You do have to enable this feature. Here’s how.

  • Open the Apple Watch app on your iPhone.
  • Select Sounds and Haptics from the menu.
  • Toggle the “Cover to Mute” switch to the On position.
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