How many times have you missed an important call? How many times have your iPhone gone off when you were in the middle of something? The problem is that no one can find a solution to how to stop the phone from ringing without turning silent mode on.
Can it be done?
It sure can! It seems like Apple has not created this option by default, but there are hacks out there which make it possible for you to set your own rules and decide what happens with your iPhone when receiving incoming calls.
How do I change what happens when I get an incoming call?
The tricks which will help you answer the phone in any situation are using Control Center, Do Not Disturb, Airplane Mode, and Vibration.
What Is Control Center?
Most of you must know what “Control Center” means, but let us give you a brief explanation nonetheless. It is the menu that controls different settings on your iPhone like turning wifi or Bluetooth on or off. You can find it by swiping up from the bottom of your screen (for iPhones with iOS 10) or swiping down from the top-right corner for older versions of iPhone OS.
How do I activate Control Center to customize apple iphone answering calls?
Pressing the little sun icon launches control center where you can choose which actions you want to take place when receiving an incoming call: enable airplane mode (for turning your phone completely off), Vibration mode, or just mute the call.
Which of these actions would you choose when on a busy day?
Activating airplane mode means that no one can disturb you unless it’s urgent enough for them to call your emergency contact number. If the number is entered in your iPhone, then you will get an automated message saying which of your contacts is trying to reach out to you.
This way, everyone will know what is going on and they won’t have to bother with calling again later because nobody was picking up. Another option is vibration mode if some things are more important than others while some people cannot hear the ringtone anyway. At least you will feel the vibration, and that’s what really counts.
What Is Do Not Disturb?
This is another option which serves for cutting off incoming calls if you are in the middle of something. It works by silencing your phone completely so no one can bother you until either you turn it off or after a certain range of time passes. It also stops all notifications from popping up on your screen while working.
How do I activate Do Not Disturb to customize my answers?
Swipe up to open Control Center and tap on the moon icon (it was previously shaped like a crescent moon, but Apple decided it needed some revamping). You will then see a menu with three options:
Do Not Disturb is on
Activating it means that you won’t be receiving any calls unless the person calling also has your emergency contact information, which makes perfect sense.
Turn off Do Not Disturb after this is over
You are in the middle of something very important and cannot afford to stop for even a minute just to answer some phone call, so why not choose this option? You can always turn on “Do Not Disturb” later on if you want to handle incoming calls again.
I’ll turn on DND later / Never turn on DND (turns gray)
You’re not sure if you will need to turn it on or you don’t want to use it at all.
How do I make sure that people can still reach me when there is an incoming call?
There’s a cool feature which enables leaving your iPhone as it is, but notifying you about an incoming call. That way the person who needs to reach out to you will never have any problems with being unable to contact you.
This notification appears as a pop-up message saying “Contacts name wants to FaceTime” and the only thing you have to do is tap on either “Accept” or “Decline.”
What Is Airplane Mode?
This mode turns off everything except for phone calls and messaging. You can still use apps like Facebook and Twitter, but most of the other functions will be unavailable. This is perfect when you’re in a plane for example and it’s not safe to use your phone while up in the air.
Conclusion In general, “Do Not Disturb” mode is especially useful if you have an important event to go to or just don’t want people to disturb you from being able to concentrate on something else.
If there’s nothing more important and urgent than receiving phone calls and messages, then Airplane Mode will do the job nicely for you since it lets everyone reach out to you even if they know you’re in a plane or other location where it is not safe to use your smartphone.