How to Make a Conference Call on iPhone (2023)

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The ability to make conference calls on your iPhone makes it easier to use your device in professional settings. All major US carriers support conference calls, but the number of participants and the ability to add, merge, or disconnect individual callers will depend on your carrier. Here's how to make a conference call through iPhone.

Related: How To Make Speakerphone Calls Using Siri

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How to Set Up a Conference Call on iPhone

Be sure to check out our article on setting your iPhone to automatically answer calls. Here's how to make a conference call on youe iPhone. 

  1. Open the Phone app.

  2. Dial the first person, and wait for that person to pick up.

  3. Tap the Add Call button, and you will be taken to Contacts.

  4. In Contacts, tap a person's name to call them. This will put the first call on hold.

  5. Once the second person answers, tap Merge Calls, and all three of you will be able to hear each other and take part in the conversation.

  6. Repeat the above steps until you've connected to all the people in the conference call.

How to Drop a Person from a Conference Call 

  1. Tap the Info icon.

  2. Tap End below the person's name.


How to Talk Privately During a Conference Call

Depending on your phone carrier, the option to talk privately during a conference call may not be available to you. If the option is available, here are the steps:

  1. Tap the Info icon.

  2. Tap Private below the desired phone number or name.

  3. Tap on Merge Calls to reconnect with the conference call. 

How to Add Incoming Calls During a Conference Call

Finally, you can add an incoming call to an ongoing conference call. 

  1. When get a call, tap Hold & Accept.

  2. Once you've answered the call, tap Merge Calls.

Now that you know how to make a conference call on your iPhone, feel free to read our article on answering a call with a text message

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Rich Hall

Rich Hall has written about Handheld and Pocket computers for the last 13 years. He is the Editor of Pocket PC magazine and former editor of The HP Palmtop Paper, the NEC Ultralite Connection and the HP Portable Paper. He began his career as a high school Math and English teacher. Rich lives in Fairfield, Iowa, with his wife, Lucinda, and their children, Robert and Ella. You can contact him at