iPhone Cellular Calls

Now that iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite are out, the FaceTime app in OS X Yosemite is now capable of making and taking phone calls. It does so by connecting to an iPhone running iOS 8 to transmit calls via the iPhone’s cellular connection. All calls made from your Mac will appear as if they came from your iPhone’s phone number.

Want to see how it works in action? Check out our video after the break for a demonstration and setup details.

To use iPhone Cellular Calls, your iPhone and your Mac must be logged in to FaceTime with the same iCloud account. You must also make sure that both devices are connected to the same Wi-Fi network. This is vital, otherwise you will not be able to make or receive phone calls.

On the iPhone, ensure that the iPhone Cellular Calls switch is enabled in SettingsFaceTime. On the Mac, make sure that iPhone Cellular Calls is checked in FaceTime’s preferences.

To make calls, launch the FaceTime app, type in a number, and click the Phone button. To receive calls, click the accept button when a new phone call appears.

iPhone cellular calling is a great feature for Mac users. It continues the trend of blurring the lines between the Mac and iOS. What has your experience been like thus far with iPhone Cellular Calls? Sound off with your thoughts in the comments below.

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  • im2slick4u

    It’s been able to do this since 8.0 came out…

    • Niko

      I don’t have that option on my MacBook either. I wonder if this is only for newer Mac computers… If it is, then I’m not a happy camper…

  • Aşkın Altun

    Works well and so useful.

  • Keabsy

    I use Continuity Keypad.. much easier and has a notification widget.

  • Dany Quirion

    Was able to do it with ios8 lol

  • Funny; I can make the call from a mac; running Yosemite; but it crashes my iphone running 8.1

  • Leonel Aquino

    For some weird reason I’m able to receive phone calls but I can’t find a way to me phone calls… Anybody having this issue. I just get a notification that says “Your iPhone must use the same iCloud and FaceTime account” which I’m already using…

    • Stephen Jakubiec

      I have the same issue with 8.0.2.

      The suggested fixes online (same network subnet, connect with Wifi or ethernet only not both, use the same Wifi SSID, sign out / sign in) doesn’t fix the issue.

      Here’s hoping iOS 8.1 fixes the issue.

      • Leonel Aquino

        thanks actually signing out of FaceTime on both My mac and the iPhone and then back in fixed the issue for me. 🙂

  • sign in to icloud on every device; enable cellular calling in facetime settings

  • M_thoroughbred

    does this work with a macbook pro early 2011?

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    • Babou

      yes it working on my MacBook Pro mid 2010

  • lompi129

    i dont have the option in either my vzw iPhone 6 settings, nor my macbook pro 2011 settings that say “iPhone Cellular Calls” under FaceTime…am I missing something?

    • Niko

      I don’t have that option on my MacBook either. I wonder if this is only for newer Mac computers…

  • Tegin Thomas®

    Thank you Dubai for banning FaceTime

  • Awesome. Is there any GUI on the Mac side to enter numbers? Or does it do as it should and automatically receives input from the keyboard?

  • Technocrz!

    i have been using this option since yosemite launched but right after updating to 8.1 my sms started working and i dont see any option of iPhone Cellular Calls in my iphone settings and nor in my mac facetime settings which were there before ios 8.1, am i missing something

  • Aromal Raveendran

    I am using Iphone 4s running on iOS 8.1 with Macbook air Mid 2012 model. I am able to dial call from my macbook air and send iMessages also but cannot receive call on my macbook air. It using same wifi and apple id. What is the issue?

  • John

    FYI, I noticed that using this feature with Tmobile will turn off wifi calling.