How to Transfer Calls From Your Apple Watch to Your iPhone

You can start a call on your Apple Watch and finish it on your iPhone.

What to Know

  • #1: Before you answer a call on the Apple Watch, tap the More menu (3 dots) and select Answer on iPhone.
  • #2: After you answer a call on the Watch, on the iPhone select the green bar indicating an ongoing phone call.
  • If you can't find your phone, swipe down on the Apple Watch face and tap the phone icon to ping the phone.

This article explains the two ways you can transfer calls from your Apple Watch to your iPhone. It includes information on how to ping the phone when you can't locate it.

How to Transfer a Call from Apple Watch to iPhone Before You've Answered the Call

The Apple Watch is great for taking and receiving hands-free calls, but sometimes it's better to talk on a handset. There are two ways to switch a call from your Apple Watch to your iPhone, depending on whether or not you have already accepted the call or how you feel about putting your caller on hold.

You can transfer a phone call from your Apple Watch to your iPhone before you've answered it.

  1. When you have an incoming call, select the More button (...).

  2. Select Answer on iPhone to put the caller on hold until your retrieve your iPhone.

    The More menu and "Answer on iPhone" command on an Apple Watch
  3. On your iPhone, accept the call as you would any other.

How to Transfer a Call from Apple Watch to iPhone After You've Answered the Call

You can also transfer a phone call after you've answered it. This method does not require putting your caller on hold. It is useful if you want to continue talking to your caller while you locate your iPhone.

  1. Answer an incoming call on your Apple Watch.

  2. On your iPhone, select the green bar on the top of the display indicating an ongoing phone call. The call will be transferred from your Apple Watch to your iPhone.

  3. Continue the conversation on your iPhone. There is no need to "hang up" the call on your Apple Watch.

If you're having trouble finding your iPhone while on a call, swipe up on the watch face and select the ping button represented by an iPhone with vibrating lines. Your iPhone will emit a noise to help you locate it. This feature works even if your phone is set to silent.

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