Using Your iPhone as a Phone
Your iPhone is an amazing device, almost a notebook computer in your pocket. You can take photos with it, use it with FaceTime to have a video chat, use it as a personal assistant, keep track of your errands and events, check your email, browse the Web, play music, read books, play games, and carry out countless other activities with additional apps.
But don’t forget, your iPhone is also a telephone. And not just a simple phone, but one that helps you, among other things, keep and organize your contacts, view records of calls you’ve made, manage numbers you call frequently, conduct calls with speakerphone and mute, and retrieve voicemail.
In this chapter, you’ll take some time to discover just how your iPhone functions as a phone.
Odds are you bought your iPhone on a multiyear contract with a cellular provider. If this is the case, your phone is likely ready to go.
Once your iPhone has been activated with a carrier, you can make calls.
To make a call
- Tap the Phone icon in your dock.
If the keypad is not visible, tap the Keypad button on the bottom of the screen .
The iPhone’s keypad.
Dial using the keypad
tap and hold in the blue display area above the keypad to paste a number you’ve previously copied
use Siri or Voice Control to dial or call a contact (see Chapter 7, “Talking to Your iPhone”).
- If you make a mistake, tap the delete button to back up.
- When your number appears in the blue area, tap Call.
To redial a number you just called
- Tap Keypad.
- Tap Call to display the last number you dialed.
- Tap Call again to place the call.