iPhone Life magazine

iOS 7 Tips & Tricks: Phone and FaceTime

Our iPhones and iPads are capable of amazing things, but most of us only use a small percentage of their abilities. In this weekly column I share tips and tricks for beginners, or anyone who wants to harness the full power of their iDevice. This week, I'm going to give you tips for making calls and using FaceTime like a pro.

1. Block Contacts

If there is someone who has your phone number and you don't want to talk to them, you can block them from calling you. First, add their number to your Contacts if the person or company isn't already there. Then go to Settings > Phone > Blocked and add them to the list. You can also block them in Messages or FaceTime by going to Settings > Messages > Blocked or Settings > FaceTime > Blocked.


2. Audio-Only FaceTime Chats

Ever want to make a FaceTime call, but don't want to comb your hair and look presentable? With iOS 7, you can now make audio-only FaceTime chats. Launch FaceTime on your iPhone, then tap on the contact you want to call. You will see a video camera icon, as well as a telephone handset icon. Tap the phone handset to being the audio-only call.


3. Free International Calling

My husband travels frequently, and to avoid extra charges when he's out of the country, we use FaceTime. It's only free though if you are connected to a Wi-Fi network. Make sure the person you are calling is in your Contacts list, then launch the FaceTime app and choose their name. Again, you have the choice of using video chat or just an audio call. And of course, the other person must have access to FaceTime as well.


4. Make Calls From Safari

I often look up phone numbers via Safari. Sometimes I want to find out what time a business closes or maybe place a to-go order from a restaurant. One of the things I love the most is that I don't have to find a pen and paper to write down the phone number once I find it. Safari shows me the phone number and makes the call for me when I tap on the number. 

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Paula is a freelance media broadcaster and journalist. She enjoys life at home with her husband, two kids, two dogs, two cats and a parrot. Her iPhone is never more than two feet away from her and she can't imagine life without it.