How to Receive Calls via Bluetooth Devices on iPhone

Taking a phone call on a wireless headset is one of the best use cases of Bluetooth. And like any smartphone, you can receive calls via Bluetooth devices on iPhone too. But there’s a catch. If you are an iPhone user, you might have observed that despite connecting your iPhone to a headset, you hear the audio on the earpiece. Well, this is not a bug or a software issue, but just how iOS works.

However, you can fix this issue through the call audio routing option. To understand what it is and how to route audio calls to your Bluetooth headset on iPhone, read on.

What is Call Audio Routing on iPhone?

Call audio routing, as the name suggests, refers to automatically ‘routing’ audio or FaceTime calls to the selected audio mode on your iPhone.

This audio mode can be the iPhone’s earpiece, the default option, the loudspeaker, or an external device like a Bluetooth headset or another hearing device. As you read further, you will understand how to receive calls via Bluetooth devices.

How to Set Bluetooth Headset or Speaker as Default Audio on iPhone

To receive calls via Bluetooth devices, you need to ensure two things. First, you need to connect your Bluetooth device to your iPhone. Second, configure the settings to route the call audio to your device by default. Here’s a step-by-step procedure for the same.

1. Pair Bluetooth Headset

Step 1: Open Settings.

Pair Bluetooth Headset

Step 2: Select Bluetooth.

Pair Bluetooth Headset

Step 3: Toggle on Bluetooth and click the device’s name you wish to pair under Other Devices. I am trying to pair OnePlus Buds Z.

Pair Bluetooth Headset - Connect Device

Step 4: Once your device pairs, you will see Connected written next to it.

Pair Bluetooth Headset - Device connected

This is how you can connect your Bluetooth device. If you have a trouble connecting, you can read our article to fix issues and successfully connect Bluetooth devices. Now, we move to the next section, changing the call audio routing settings.

2. Change Call Audio Routing Settings on iPhone

Step 1: Go to Settings and select Accessibility.

select Accessibility

Step 2: Select Touch.

 Select Touch

Step 3: Tap on Call Audio Routing.

Select Call Audio Routing

Step 4: Now, select Bluetooth Headset.

That’s it! The next time you pick up a call while connected to your headset, you will hear the other person’s voice on your headset by default.

Select Bluetooth Headset

How to Auto-Answer Calls on iPhone

As a bonus, here’s another feature that might interest you, Auto-Answer Calls. It enables the iPhone to answer calls automatically after a specific duration.

This feature is useful if you wish to receive calls on your Bluetooth device without having to press a button and is a good add-on to call audio routing.

Step 1: In Settings, go to Accessibility and select Touch.

Step 2: Next, tap on ‘Call Audio Routing’ and select ‘Auto-Answer calls.’

Select the Auto-Answer calls option

Step 3: Toggle on ‘Auto-Answer calls.’

Turn on the toggle for Auto-Answer calls

Step 4: Now, set the time duration to auto-answer the call.

Auto answer time delay duration

Once done, your iPhone will auto-answer your calls after the set duration. This feature works with as well as without the connected Bluetooth device.

Switch Between Bluetooth Device and Speaker During Calls

Here’s how you can quickly switch between Bluetooth device and speaker during calls.

Step 1: Tap on the Audio icon on your call screen.

Click on Audio button

Step 2: Now, select the appropriate option. As you can see, my call is connected to Bluetooth and I am switching it to Speaker.

Select Speaker

This is how you can quickly switch between the Bluetooth device and speaker during calls. Once you follow the above steps, you might still have a few questions. So, we have answered a few commonly asked questions for you.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Why doesn’t my iPhone ring when Bluetooth is on?

Check if the ringer is on mute. Make sure the side button is not silent. Next, increase the volume by pressing the volume control keys. Now, in the Control Center, turn off Do Not Disturb if not already. This might be silencing your calls. Another possibility is that Silence Unknown Callers is enabled. Go to settings > Phone > Silence Unknown Callers and toggle it off.

2. How do I turn off call routing on iPhone?

Go to Settings > Accessibility > Touch > Call Audio Routing and select Automatic. This will prevent the routing of calls to any different mode.

3. What does automatic mean in the call audio routing settings?

You get three options in call audio routing on iPhone: Automatic, Bluetooth Headset, and Speaker. When you select Automatic, the calls will be routed to the last selected mode. Suppose you got a call, and you chose the Bluetooth headset. As long as you are connected to the headset, you will continue receiving calls on your headset.

Receive Calls via Bluetooth Devices on iPhone With Ease

This is how you can receive calls via Bluetooth devices on iPhone. Have more doubts or want us to solve other queries for you? Share them in the comments below.

Last updated on 28 March, 2023

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