How to make and receive phone calls on your iPad

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Now with Continuity on iOS 8 you can actually make and receive phone calls on your iPad.  Want to hear more? It’s actually pretty simple, and it can be very helpful and convenient for those times when you hear your iPhone ringing, but realize it is in the other room.  Maybe you can’t answer the call in time, or you just don’t feel like getting up to go retrieve it to see who is calling you.  It’s situations like these that make continuity such a great feature.  As long as your iPad and iPhone are both running iOS 8, and are on the same Wi-fi connection, making and receiving calls on your iPad is both simple and convenient.


Incoming calls will show the name of the caller, their phone number and their profile picture–just like they appear in your contacts.  When the notification displays the incoming call all you have to do is either click on it, or swipe the notification to answer the call.  In addition, you can also respond with a quick text message if it is inconvenient at the moment to take the call.  To make a call on your iPad, just tap on a phone number from your contacts list or any phone number displayed in Safari.


To set-up your iPad so that you can make and receive calls go to Settings–> FaceTime and toggle iPhone Cellular calls to the “on” position.  You can also elect to receive FaceTime calls, too, and choose which of your connected phone numbers and email addresses will share your cellular connection between your iPad to your iPhone while on the same Wi-fi connection.

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5 thoughts on “How to make and receive phone calls on your iPad”

  1. Yes, but, unfortunately, if you share an appleid with someone else in your home, you also share phone rings on incoming calls (on both your iPhone and your iPad). Interruptive and annoying. BTDT

    1. Thanks for the comment, Fjpoblam. Yes, you’re correct, it will ring on other devices that are set-up to work with this Continuity feature. The easy fix, though, is to turn off “iPhone Cellular Calls” on the iPad or Mac you would like to prevent from ringing. In my household we currently have 2 iPads, 3 Macs and 3 iPhones, and I can honestly say that the way we have our settings configured, it is not a problem. Hopefully, if the feature is important enough for someone to use, they can find a happy medium that works well enough for their situation. Let me know if I can be of any further help.

  2. Mine does not have the option of “iPhone cellular calls” ? I have the iPad mini 2 and iPhone 4s so I’m just wondering does it work with mine and how do I get the iPhone cellular calls option. Thank you

    1. Hi Michelle–
      I don’t think you have to be on iCloud. You can make and receive phone calls on your iPad or Mac as long as your iPhone and iPad are running iOS 8, and are on the same Wi-Fi network. Incoming calls show the caller’s name, number, and profile picture. You should also be able to make a phone call from your iPad as well by tapping or clicking a phone number in Contacts, Calendar, or Safari. Nothing else to set-up because it uses your existing phone number.

      Hope this helps. Let me know if you got it up and running.

  3. Do I have to have iCloud? Both of my devices have iOS 8 I think but I am now downloading iOS 8.2 on my phone to see if that helps

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