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How to Default Your iPhone Calls to Speaker Mode

Saikat Basu 14-07-2017

Voice calls are probably far from the most important thing you do on your iPhone, but voice calls themselves are still important, especially if you conduct business from home and deal with multiple clients every day.


In cases like these, it’s better to use speaker phone because it frees up your hands — for writing notes, finding files on your computer, or multi-tasking simple chores during longer calls.

And instead of switching to speaker mode every time you make or receive a call, you can just set your iPhone to use that mode by default.  You just need to tweak an accessibility setting:

  1. Open the Settings app > Go to General > Accessibility.
  2. Scroll down and select Call Audio Routing. This is on Automatic by default. Select Speaker by tapping on it.

How to Default Your iPhone Calls to Speaker Mode Accessibility

Now, you do not have to tap the speaker icon every time on the call screen. From the same screen above, you can enable all calls to go to a Bluetooth headset automatically. Tap Default and your iPhone will revert to working like a good old telephone again.

All calls, both incoming and outgoing (including FaceTime), will respect this setting. Note that you can also use iTunes to manage the Accessibility features on your device.


Isn’t this more convenient? Can you see yourself using the speaker as a default? What other uses can you put it too?

Image Credit: mrmohock via Shutterstock

Related topics: Accessibility, Call Management.

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