How to Use Your iPhone’s Tools During a Call

By Dwight Spivey

You iPhone is just full of great stuff! You have plenty of tools at your disposal that you can use even during a call. When you’re on a call, whether you initiated it or received it, a set of tools is displayed.

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Here’s what these six buttons allow you to do, starting with the top-left corner:

  • Mute: Silences the phone call so that the caller can’t hear you, though you can hear the caller. The Mute button background turns white when a call is muted. Tap again to unmute the call.

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  • Keypad: Displays the numeric keypad.
  • Speaker: Turns the speakerphone feature on and off.

If you are near a Bluetooth device and have Bluetooth turned on in your iPhone Settings, you will see a list of sources (such as a car Bluetooth connection for hands-free calls) and you can choose the one you want to use.

  • Add Call: Displays Contacts so that you can add a caller to a conference call.
  • FaceTime: Begins a video call with somebody who has an iPhone 4 or more recent model, iPod touch (4th generation or later), iPad 2 or third-generation or later, an iPad mini, or a Mac running macOS 10.7 or later.
  • Contacts: Displays a list of contacts.

You can pair your Apple Watch with your iPhone to make and receive calls using it.