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Step by Step Guide to Making Phone Calls From Your iPad

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If you’ve got a MacBook (or an iMac) and any secondary Apple device you will know how great it is to use the Apple “ecosystem”.  To start, having the ability to send iMessages (and text) via your MacBook is incredible.  No more having to grab your phone every time someone sends you a message.  Simply do it from your desktop.  But there are so many other things you can do, which is why buying into the Apple ecosystem is actually beneficial.  Since the release of iOS 8.1, you have been able to make and accept calls from your iPad when your iPhone is nearby.  Again, another incredible feature.  The drawback is that you will need your iPhone nearby, however, this will let you stay working on one machine – no matter what happens around you.

I am not a fan of multi-tasking.  I like to do one task, really well, at a time.  But we live in a world that doesn’t allow for me to do anything BUT multi-task, so we are going to help you get this set up.  Having the flexibility to take calls and do things on different devices in a continuous way is incredible.  In this post, we will give you all the information you need if you want to make calls from your iPad.

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Getting Started

In order to make calls from your iPad, both devices will need to meet the following requirements:

  1. Running iOS 8.1 or later.
  2. Connected to the same Wi-Fi network.
  3. Logged into the same iCloud account (Apple ID).

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Enable Call Relay on your iPhone and iPad

  1. Open Settings on your iPhone.
  2. Tap Phone.
  3. Tap Calls on Other Devices.
  4. Flip the switch on next to Allow Calls on Other Devices.
  5. Flip the switch on next to the iPad in question.

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Next, you’ll need to move to the iPad that you want to use call relay on.

  1. Open Settings on your iPad.
  2. Tap FaceTime.
  3. Flip the switch on next to Calls from iPhone.

Once you’ve set it up, whenever a call comes in you can press the Answer button to pick up and conduct the call entirely on your iPad.

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Placing a Call on your iPad with the Contacts App

  1. Open Contacts on your iPad.
  2. Tap on the contact you want to call.
  3. Tap the call button to call them through your iPad.

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How to Place a Call on Your iPad using Call Relay and Safari

  1. Open Safari on your iPad.
  2. Tap the address bar.
  3. Type in the name of the location you’d like to call.
  4. Tap the phone icon when the location comes up to start the call.

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How to Place a call on your iPad using Call Relay and FaceTime

FaceTime is the closest thing the iPad has to the Phone app on the iPhone, and it makes both audio and video calls.

  1. Open FaceTime on your iPad.
  2. Tap Audio if you’re not on the audio tab already.
  3. Tap the contact field.
  4. Enter the name or number of the person you want to call.
  5. Tap the phone button to start a call with them.

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