How to have your iPhone announce who’s calling you

By , Sep 14, 2016


Among the 100+ new features in iOS 10 is the ability to have your iPhone announce who’s calling when receiving a phone call. Based on the caller ID, your iPhone will vocalize the name of the caller, or tell you it’s an unknown caller in case the number isn’t in your contacts.

This is a nice little addition that can actually be configured in the Settings.

On your iPhone, launch the Settings app, and navigate to the Phone tab, then tap on Announce Calls.


From there you can specify under what circumstances your iPhone should announce calls. You can choose to have it name the caller for every call, only for calls received when you’re in your car or wearing headphones, only for calls you receive when wearing headphones, or simply never.

This new feature is particularly handy when walking with headphones on. You won’t have to reach for your phone to find out who’s calling. Instead, assuming the caller is in your contacts, Siri will announce the name of the caller.

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  • pegger1

    Anyone know if this exists for jailbreak?

    • Scott Curry

      I know it did at one time…that was a long time ago and I don’t remember the name of the tweak.

    • leart

      yes it should.. remember that this feature was present on iOS 7.0 and removed in 7.1 I guess.. and latter a tweak come out in cydia
      here’s a screenshot from iOS 7.0

  • Joostiphone

    Can I have Dave Grohl his number please

  • Cristian Meneses

    It would be cool to answer a call using the voice too … Can this be done ?

  • Scott Curry

    Would love to know how to get full screen caller id pictures….

    • It’s so hit and miss for me. Some are full screen, some aren’t. I suspect it has something to do with the size of the picture you use for your contacts, but I’m not 100% certain.

      • Scott Curry

        I don’t think that’s it as I purposefully made full screen contact photos at one time, thinking the same thing.

        A Google search returns so many different forums full of people speculating but no one knowing for sure.

        The most common theory seems to be contacts stored in iCloud with full screen photos (i.e. contacts created on your phone with a full screen photo and phone synced only to iCloud) will give a full screen contact photo, but other services (such as syncing Google contacts) will revert any full screen contact photo to a thumbnail.

        If you can figure it out and post a tutorial, I think it would be one of your most popular to date!

    • David Gow

      I had my other line call me it was full screen but no announcement from siri

    • Sailor_V90

      Well, for me personally what I did was resize all my contact photos a few pixels larger than my screen dimensions (I have a 6s) to 852×1608 and then saved it as a PNG. From there I manually dragged each photo into Contacts on my iMac and ever since then all my calls have gotten full screen pictures.
      It’s a bit labour intensive (if you have a lot contacts) but I wanted it lol. I used Adobe CS6 if that makes a difference.

  • Wanna have some fun; rename a contact “An important call from the White House” and impress your friends.

  • Dao Sasone

    This is so old. Come on apple. Do something better like having video tone that’s implemented in the os and runs bug free. Other 3rd party video tone are so bugy its not worth using.

  • S A Ghafoor Shirzadi

    Hi guys! I am new to the forum.
    I have a question. Hope, I get the proper answer. ( how you put your pic on airdrop panel to show. )

    • Ria1979

      Airdrop shows pics from your contacts. Only shows when a device capable of receiving the AirDrop is within range.

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  • leart

    if I remember well, this feature was present in iOS 7.0 and removed some versions later..