How to Stop Other Devices Ringing When You Get an iPhone Call

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If you have an iPhone and a Mac or iPad, you may have had the odd experience of your other devices ringing when you get a call on your iPhone. It's odd to see a notification of a call on your Mac or hear your iPad ring — or both — when a call comes in on your iPhone.

This feature can be useful in some instance, but it can also be annoying. You may not want the interruption on your other devices.

Unless you want this particular feature, turn it off so your other devices don't ring when you get a call on your iPhone.

Information in this article applies to iOS devices running iOS 8 through iOS 12 and Mac computers running OS X 10.10 Yosemite through macOS 10.14 Mojave.

The Culprit: Continuity 

Your incoming calls show up on multiple devices due to a feature called Continuity. Apple introduced Continuity with iOS 8 and Mac OS X 10.10 and continues to support it in later versions of both operating systems.

Continuity is a great feature. It allows all of your devices to be aware of and interact with one another. The idea is you should be able to access all your data and do all the same things on any device. One well-known example of this is Handoff, in which you start writing an email on your Mac and continue writing the same email on your iPhone.

For Continuity to work, all the devices must be near one another, connected to Wi-Fi, and signed in to iCloud.

Change Your iPhone Settings

You can turn off the Continuity feature that causes your incoming iPhone calls to ring elsewhere. The best way is to change the settings on your iPhone:

  1. Open the Settings app on your iPhone and tap Phone.

  2. Tap Calls on Other Devices.

  3. Disable your calls from ringing on all your other devices by moving the Allow Calls on Other Devices slider to the Off/white position. If you want to allow calls on some devices but not others, leave the slider next to Allow Calls on Other Devices in the On/green position and use the sliders next to each device in the Allow Calls On section to make your choices as to which ones can and cannot acknowledge calls.

    iPhone Settings for Calls on Other Devices

Stop Calls on iPad and Other iOS Devices

Changing the settings on your iPhone should take care of things, but if you want to be sure, do the following on your other iOS devices:

  1. Launch the Settings app.

  2. Tap FaceTime.

  3. Move the Calls from iPhone slider to the Off/white position.

    iPad Settings deactivating iphone calls

Stop Macs From Ringing for iPhone Calls

The change of the iPhone setting should have done the job, but you can be double sure by doing the following on your Mac:

  1. Launch the FaceTime program.

  2. Click or press the FaceTime menu.

  3. Click Preferences in the drop-down menu. 

    Facetime preferences on a Mac
  4. Uncheck the Calls From iPhone box.

    Turning off iPhone calls on a Mac

Stop Apple Watch From Ringing

The whole point of the Apple Watch is to have it notify you of things like phone calls, but if you want to turn off the ability for the Apple Watch to ring when calls come in:

  1. Open the Apple Watch app on your iPhone. Scroll down and tap Phone.

  2. Tap Custom at the top of the screen.

  3. In the Ringtone section, move both the Sound and Haptic sliders to the Off/white position. If you want to turn off the ringtone, but still want vibrations when calls come in, leave the Haptic slider turned on.

    Apple Watch App settings