10+ Things You Can Do While Talking On Your iPhone
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things to do while talking on the phoneTalking on the iPhone, or any smartphone for that matter, is something we take for granted these days. It’s not even cool anymore to be seen doing so. But what’s most useful for about a smartphone is what you can do while you’re talking on it.

Most of us know that we can answer another phone call while talking on the phone, and we can put a call on loud speaker so we don’t have to keep it pinned to our ear. But the iPhone includes several other little tasks you can perform that you may not know about if you’re new iPhone user, or if you just never realized what else you can do during a phone call. Below I start off with the most obvious things you can do, and then describe a few of the hidden or perhaps less known features.

 Speaker Phone

Okay, first off you have probably noticed the features available to you while talking on the phone. You really can’t make a mistake pushing any of these buttons, except the of course the red “End” the call button.

First off, the feature I use the most is the Speaker. This allows you to receive audio without holding the phone to your ear. If you’re put on hold, you can select the Speaker, put down the phone and listen to usually crappy music while you’re on hold. You can also tap the Keypad button while on speaker to type…say an extension number.

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Contacts and Green Bar

Have you ever been on the phone and someone asks you for a phone number that you know is on your Contact list? Well, you can actually stay on the call, tap the Speaker button, and then tap the Contacts button to locate the requested contact info.

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While on speaker, you just read off the contact information. Now notice the green bar at the top. It appears when you have tapped out of the Phone app, but not the call itself. You simply tap that green button to return to the Phone app and the person you are talking to.

Remember, as long as the green bar is at the top, you’re still on the phone call. So like wise, you can also add contact information to your Contact book while you’re on the phone.

Take Notes

Similar to looking up or adding contact info while on a phone call, you can type a note while on the phone. You don’t need to grab a pen and paper. Instead, put the call on Speaker, and then click the Home button, which will open your current Apps page. From there, open your favorite notes app, and then type the information you’re receiving from the caller.

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I like to use Captio ($1.99) or Drafts ($1.99) for this purpose, because these apps automatically open to a new note page, and I can save and send my note in one single tap; and afterwards return to my phone call. Again, just tap the green bar to return to the Phone/call.

Mute the Mic

Another little feature I use often is the Mute button, which mutes the mic on your phone. So if you’re ever talking to someone while you’re in the bathroom, or you need to holler at your kids to shutup while you’re on the phone, simply put the call on Speaker, and then tap Mute. You will be able still hear the call, but the person on the other end won’t hear you flush the stool or shout at your kids.

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Add a Call

You can also make another call, while you’re on an existing phone call. Just tap the “add call” button and make the call as you regularly do.

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You can switch between phone calls, by tapping the Swap button, or tapping on the name of the call at the top of the Phone app.

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At the top of the app, you can see which call is put on HOLD. Tap that button to switch back to the previous caller.

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Conference Call

Notice also, you can tap the “merge calls” button which turns the two or more calls you have made into a conference call. You can merge up to 5 calls at one time.

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Instant Text Reply

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You can customize your instant reply message by opening the Settings app > Phone > Reply with Message.

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Ignore or Answer Another Call

While you’re on the phone with someone else, you can select to ignore an incoming call, put the current call on hold and answer the new one, or end the current call and answer the new one.

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Notice also, you can send a text reply to the incoming call by pushing up the phone icon on the bottom-right of the of the incoming call.

Switch to FaceTime

If you’re on the phone with another iPhone user, you can switch to a FaceTime call with that person while you’re on the phone.


Check Time on Call

If you have never noticed it before, you can always see exactly how long you’ve been on a particular call. That time is displayed right under the name or phone number of the caller.

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There may be one or two other features I may have missed for things to do while talking on the phone. If you have a tip, please share it with us. And let us know if any of these tips are new to you.

For other iPhone-related tips, check out our post on essential iPhone Safari tips 15 Essential Safari iOS Tips & Tricks for iPhone Users 15 Essential Safari iOS Tips & Tricks for iPhone Users A surprising number of useful actions in Safari on iOS are hidden behind long presses, gestures, and 3D Touch. Read More .

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  1. Janis
    November 20, 2017 at 1:20 am

    You can also answer a text with a text while talking

  2. Mariana
    September 22, 2017 at 8:00 pm

    Thank you I will have to try these, they are new to me!

  3. raaj jain
    April 2, 2016 at 10:12 am

    Hi all their i am new to iphone and i found all above tip very useful thanks for it. Raaj India

  4. Grace
    March 29, 2015 at 5:59 pm

    I think it was really good thanks

  5. Roshan Moraes
    February 19, 2015 at 7:40 am

    Roshan Moraes
    Just now
    I have iPhone and if I have record the conversation when I make call how can that be done Pls let me know if u can send me the hints on my email will be very helpful to me email roshanmoraes @yahoo.com

    • Bakari Chavanu
      February 19, 2015 at 5:25 pm

      Roshan, sorry I don't understand what you're asking.

      • Lou
        July 14, 2018 at 8:46 pm

        He is asking how to record conversations on phone calls

      • Lou
        July 14, 2018 at 8:47 pm

        He is asking how to record phone conversations on calls.

  6. Roshan Moraes
    February 19, 2015 at 7:39 am

    I have iPhone and if I have record the conversation when I make call how can that be done Pls let me know if u can send me the hints on my email will be very helpful to me email roshanmoraes @yahoo.com

  7. ibehrang
    February 14, 2013 at 7:37 am

    you can play amusic while calling

    • Bakari Chavanu
      February 14, 2013 at 4:59 pm

      Excellent point, ibehrang. Thanks.

  8. Phil Engers
    November 19, 2012 at 9:47 pm

    The instant reply message to the caller is a great means to stay on the conversation and stil let the other party know that you will be getting back to them without their having to leave a voice mail message.

    • Bakari Chavanu
      November 21, 2012 at 4:27 am

      Yep, I've used it a few times, and found it very useful.

  9. Jeremiah Iliffe
    October 28, 2012 at 10:48 am

    Wow, I didn't know any of these. Thanks heaps

    • Bakari Chavanu
      October 29, 2012 at 7:03 pm

      Hey Jeremiah, appreciate the feedback.

  10. Eath Chantrea
    October 23, 2012 at 7:16 am

    Good information!

    • Bakari Chavanu
      October 29, 2012 at 7:04 pm

      Thanks, Eath. Appreciate it.

  11. Anonymous
    October 19, 2012 at 6:53 pm

    I don't have an iphone but lots of these should apply to an android phone as well. Thanks!

    • Tina
      October 19, 2012 at 9:47 pm


      I'm pretty sure there is, but I don't have an iPhone, so I can't really help you out with tips. The best place to ask for app recommendations is MakeUseOf Answers. Post your question there and you will definitely get some great suggestions.

  12. Rohail Shah
    October 18, 2012 at 11:45 pm


  13. Lal S.
    October 18, 2012 at 7:23 am

    Is there a way of voice recording a call so that I may playback the conversation later ??

    • Bakari Chavanu
      October 20, 2012 at 3:22 am

      Lal, you might give it a try. Open the voice recording app while on the phone and see what happens. I also think there are a few apps that will record phone calls.

  14. Saeef Alam
    October 16, 2012 at 5:09 pm

    Is not being able to browse the Internet while in a call a limitation of the iPhone itself? Or just a restriction put in place by mobile service providers?

    • Bakari Chavanu
      October 17, 2012 at 5:59 pm

      Saeef, you're saying you can't browse the internet during the phone call? I'll try to test that out in my next phone call.

  15. Adrian Rea
    October 14, 2012 at 10:22 am

    There is one app that I would really find useful and it would be a theatre mode. There are many professionals who do need to receive calls even during a performance. But to get up and out to take the call takes more disruption than even if they took the call. I would like to see an app that when in the "theatre Mode" the screen is very dim, vibrate is on and all sound is mute. The user can answer the call and listen normally through the phone but an in ear headphone would be better. there are onscreen buttons that give preset answers to reply to the callers conversation such as "I am unable to talk at the moment but I can hear and respond to what you say", "yes", "no", "I am not sure", "can you email me that", "I will contact you back in x minutes", and so on. At least it could reduce annoyance to others around them. Could be useful on covert surveilance :)

    • Bakari Chavanu
      October 15, 2012 at 5:43 pm

      Hmmm, Adrian, interesting idea. I'm wondering if you could do the same thing manually. Dim and mute your iPhone, and use a pre-written message to respond to phone calls during a theatre performance. Do you think that might work?

  16. Billy Tyler
    October 13, 2012 at 9:16 pm

    I still think jailbreaking is the way to go. Only thing it seems you can't do is reply directly from a phone call with a text, and I'm sure there is a tweak for that somewhere...

    • Bakari Chavanu
      October 13, 2012 at 10:11 pm

      Billy, I really need to try a jailbreak at least once. I keep seeing all the advantages, but I keep thinking it might become a hassle to update the iOS or deal with any quirks that may arise because of the jailbreak. But I really should try it.

  17. Edwin Williams
    October 13, 2012 at 8:02 pm

    Thanks! A very informative article! I didn't know most of these cool things!

    • Bakari Chavanu
      October 13, 2012 at 10:09 pm

      Edwin, thanks for your feedback. Glad this article was helpful to you.

  18. Kulwinder Rouri
    October 13, 2012 at 2:37 pm

    simple and useful info, thanks for this post.

    • Bakari Chavanu
      October 13, 2012 at 6:14 pm

      Thanks, Kulwinder, appreciate the feedback.

  19. Dwayne
    October 13, 2012 at 11:38 am

    I've been on a call and needed to provide directions, put it on sp
    eaker, pull up the maps app, and talk the other person through the directions

    • Bakari Chavanu
      October 13, 2012 at 6:13 pm

      Dwayne, I have to admit it took me a while to realize I could use the iPhone that during a call. But once I figured it out, it saved me a lot of frustration to know you can talk someone and say look up information on the phone at the same time.

  20. Imya Last
    October 13, 2012 at 11:01 am

    Good to know.

    • Bakari Chavanu
      October 13, 2012 at 6:11 pm

      Thanks, Imya, for the feedback.

  21. Ah San
    October 13, 2012 at 6:49 am

    i can show it to my sister ,nice one !!

    • Bakari Chavanu
      October 13, 2012 at 6:11 pm

      Ah, my own wife should read this list. She probably uses only a third of the features on her iPhone. Thanks for your feedback.

  22. Dimal Chandrasiri
    October 13, 2012 at 6:25 am

    this is great information... thank you.

    • Bakari Chavanu
      October 13, 2012 at 6:10 pm

      You're welcome, Dimal.

  23. Rashelle Puno
    October 13, 2012 at 5:45 am

    nice! ive tried some of this...

    • Bakari Chavanu
      October 13, 2012 at 6:10 pm

      Thanks for feedback, Rashelle.

  24. Macwitty
    October 13, 2012 at 5:39 am

    Thanks for a comprehensive overview
    (I can think about a lot of thing to do AFK when talking - some maybe better with your tips...)

    • Bakari Chavanu
      October 13, 2012 at 6:09 pm

      Thanks, Macwitty, for your feedback. Glad you find it useful.

  25. Anonymous
    October 13, 2012 at 2:17 am

    Thank you! It's nice to know that my phone can do these.

  26. Anonymous
    October 13, 2012 at 2:16 am
  27. Yudono Ra
    October 13, 2012 at 1:22 am

    i've only known a few of them, thanks for the info

    • Bakari Chavanu
      October 13, 2012 at 6:08 pm

      You're welcome, Yudono. Glad you found it useful.

      • Jackie meyer
        November 15, 2017 at 12:16 am

        Can I take a picture while on a FaceTime call? Thank you for all the info