How to Make Calls on the iPhone Hands-Free by Using Siri

How to Set Speakerphone as the Default for Answering Incoming Calls

Do you find yourself answering the phone and quickly putting it in speaker phone mode so you can use your iPhone hands-free? Do you find yourself fumbling for the phone to make an important call? Well, there’s an easier way than tapping buttons. You can set your iPhone settings to send and receive calls hands-free, automatically, within the Settings app. It’s part of Apple's accessibility and Hey Siri features. Here’s how to set speakerphone as the default for answering incoming calls.

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How to Use Siri to Make Hands-Free Calls

How to Use Siri to Make a Call:

You'll need to make sure Hey Siri is on to place calls hands-free on an iPhone.

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Tap Siri & Search.
  3. Toggle on Listen for "Hey Siri" and Allow Siri When Locked.

  4. To make an outgoing call,"Hey Siri, call [name of contact]."

How to Enable iPhone Hands-Free Calls:

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Select Accessibility.
  3. Select Touch.

  4. Scroll down and tap on Call Audio Routing.
  5. Select Speaker.

Your call audio will automatically be routed to speakerphone from now on. In the same settings, you can also choose Bluetooth Headset instead if you’d like your calls to be routed that way. You can also answer calls directly on your AirPods.

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Abbey Dufoe is a freelance writer and a web producer at a nonprofit based in Princeton, NJ. She's always itching for the newest iOS gadget (current favorite - the Apple Watch). She tweets and blogs about the earth and the Internet on Twitter at @abbeydufoe and at