How to Get Your iPhone to Announce Calls

Know who's calling before you answer

Announce Calls is one of the lesser-known features of the iPhone. it also happens to be one of the handiest.

With Announce Calls activated, Siri announces a name or phone number each time you receive an incoming call. You don't have to look at your phone to know who's calling, which can be especially convenient when the device isn't within reach or immediately accessible. The Announce Calls feature is also helpful for vision-impaired iPhone users.

Information in this article applies to iPhones running iOS 10 and later.

When you enable the Announce Calls feature, Siri speaks the name of the person calling if the caller is listed in your Contacts app. If the number is not in your contacts, Siri reads the phone number aloud or says "unknown caller" if the number doesn't show on the screen.

The iPhone still rings while you have the Announce Calls feature enabled, but the ring sound is muffled while Siri announces the caller or number.

Configure Your iPhone to Announce Incoming Calls

You enable Siri to announce the calls that come to your iPhone in the Settings app.

  1. Open the Settings app.

  2. Scroll down and select Phone.

  3. In the Calls section, select Announce Calls.

  4. Select Always to activate the feature. Other options include Headphones & Car, Headphones Only, and Never, which is the default setting.

    iPhone Announce Calls settings

    If you select Headphones Only, Siri only announces the caller when you are using headphones. If you select Headphones & Car, Siri only announces the caller when your iPhone is connected to your car via Bluetooth or you have headphones connected.

  5. Close the Settings app. Your change is saved.

Siri does not announce the caller's name or number when you have your iPhone set on Do Not Disturb or vibrate.