How to use Hey Siri & Audio Routing to Enable Hands-Free Calls on iPhone

How to Set Speakerphone as the Default for Answering Incoming Calls

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Do you find yourself answering the phone and quickly putting it on speaker mode? 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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To enable hands-free outgoing calls through Hey Siri:

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

1. Open the Settings app

2. Tap Siri & Search

3. Toggle Listen for "Hey Siri" and Allow Siri When Locked to green

4. To make an outgoing call hands free, say, "Hey Siri" and tell Siri who to call from your contact list.

To enable speaker for answering calls on iPhone:

  • Open the Settings app
  • Tap General
  • Select Accessibility

  • Scroll down and tap on Call Audio Routing
  • Then select the Speaker option.

Your call audio will automatically be routed to speakerphone from now on. In the same settings, you can also choose Bluetooth Headset if you often use one of those and would like audio to always automatically redirect to your headset.

If you want to take a call without speakerphone, answer the call and then tap the speaker icon to go back to the regular iPhone speaker sound. That’s all there is to it!

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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 abbeydufoe.com.