How To Make Phone Calls On A Mac


Can you make phone calls from a Mac? It's a legitimate question. For a very long time, the functions and features of a phone and a PC were fairly contrasting. However, as we move towards an all-in-one tech era, people would like to enjoy the cellular freedom of the iPhones on their Macs.

So, to answer the original question, yes you can make and take phone calls from your Mac without touching your iPhone, and here is a guide to help you achieve that.

Pros Of Calling On A Mac

Using your Mac as a phone is convenient and carries a ton of advantages, a few of which are listed below.

It may occur that your iPhone is running out of juice, and you get an urgent call from your boss at work. In this scenario, you will have to unplug the iPhone, which might already be at a critically low battery level. You can talk while your iPhone is charging, yes, however, there is a better way. You can attend that urgent call from your Mac without even touching your mobile device. This gives you the freedom to enjoy cellular services even when your iPhone is compromised.

Making calls on your Mac doesn't disrupt workflow. A lot of people use their Mac for work-related tasks. Also, while working, many people put their iPhones away to help remove distractions. Receiving a call in this scenario can destroy up your focus. Instead, you can use your Mac to take the calls, as it helps to maintain that focus and not get caught up on Snapchat, tiktok, Facebook, Instagram, or whatever else on your iPhone once the call is over!

Cons of Calling On A Mac

Calling from your Mac is a great feature. But it has some limitations. You might want to keep these in mind whenever making an iPhone call.

This feature requires your iPhone to be near your Mac. It works only when you connect your Mac and iPhone to the same WiFi network. Moreover, Bluetooth should also be activated on your Mac. This means that you can make the call if your iPhone is a couple of feet away from your Mac, but anything more will likely render the call unsuccessful.

The biggest issue, though, is you can only call from a place with an Internet connection. That means if your office is on the corner of the building and the WiFi is unreliable, you can't use the feature even if you have your iPhone right next to you.

Prepare your Mac for Calling

If you made it this far, we understand you are interested in learning how to use your Mac's phone call functions correctly. We have created an easy-to-follow, step by step guide on how to prepare your Mac for calling, and how to make calls from a Mac.

Connect Your iPhone To Your Mac

This step involves connecting your iPhone and Mac to the same network. This is straightforward and will take a few minutes. Here is how to do it:

  1. Sign-in into iCloud. The account used should be the same on your iPhone and Mac.
  2. Sign in to FaceTime. Make sure to use the same Apple ID on your Mac and iPhone.
  3. Turn on WiFi on both your devices.
  4. Activate Bluetooth on your Mac.
  5. Open FaceTime on your Mac.
  6. Click on FaceTime on the top left-hand side of the screen.
  7. Select preferences.
  8. Check that all the information is correct.
  9. Select the "iPhone Cellular Call" option.

Sign-in To iCloud From Your Mac

You have to sign-in into iCloud from your Mac. This account should be the same as the one on your iPhone. In case you forgot how to do this, we will take you through it. For this process, you will need to have your iCloud ID and password. You can check your ID from your iPhone's settings.

  1. Click on the Apple logo on the top left-hand corner of the screen.
  2. Select System Preferences.
  3. Choose iCloud.
  4. Enter your Apple ID and password.

Make Calls From Your Mac

The previous steps all ensured that your Mac was ready for phone calls. Now you need to learn how to make phone calls. Fortunately, this is simple. It is as easy as calling from your iPhone. There are two methods to do this. Here is how to do it:

Method 1

  1. Open FaceTime.
  2. Locate the search bar.
  3. Enter the number you want to call here.
  4. Press the Call button.

Method 2

This method is useful if you want to call a restaurant or any service.

  1. Go to your browser.
  2. Search for any restaurants.
  3. Their phone number will be provided.
  4. Drag your cursor over the number.
  5. The number will be highlighted.
  6. Click the little arrow that appears.
  7. Select the call option.

How To Receive Calls On Your Mac

You may get an important call while working, when it would be distracting to pick up your iPhone. However, with your Mac's feature to attend calls, you can receive the call without touching your mobile device. Here is how to do it.

  1. A notification will pop up on the right-hand side of your screen.
  2. Your mobile will also be ringing simultaneously.
  3. You can accept it by clicking the accept button.
Muaz Ashrafi

Hi! I am Muaz, a Mass Communication major. I like to think I am a free urban spirit. I write blogs with a focus on tech and gadgets. When I'm not writing, you can find me with my headphones on, relaxing to some good house EDM music. I'm also a hobbyist photographer, you can find me on Instagram @mzwithacamera.

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