If you often wear headphones while you’re working or otherwise engaged, then your phone might be in your pocket. Taking it out to check a call can be tedious, so you might be interested in learning how to use a setting on the iPhone to speak the caller’s name or number.
How to Announce Calls on iPhone
- Open Settings.
- Choose Phone.
- Select Announce Calls.
- Tap the desired announcement setting.
Our guide continues below with additional information on how to speak the caller’s name or number on your iPhone, including pictures of these steps.
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When you receive a phone call on your iPhone, the call takes over the entire screen. You can view the identity of the caller at the top of the screen, and you can use the buttons at the bottom of the screen to either accept or reject the call.
But if your iPhone is in your pocket, or you are otherwise unable to look at the screen, then you might be in search of an option that will audibly tell you who the caller is.
Fortunately, this is an available setting on your iPhone 7 in iOS 10, and it is called “Announce Calls.” You have four different options from which you can choose for this setting, which allows you to control when your calls should be announced. Our tutorial below will show you how to find and use this option.
How to Enable the “Announce Calls” Setting in iOS 10 (Guide with Pictures)
The steps in this article were performed on an iPhone 7 Plus, in iOS 10. Once you have enabled this setting, your iPhone will say the name of the caller (if they are a stored contact), the phone number (if they are not a contact), or it will say “Unknown Caller” if the phone number cannot be identified.
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Step 1: Tap the Settings icon.
Step 2: Scroll down and select the Phone option.
Step 3: Tap the Announce Calls button near the top of the screen.
Step 4: Select the option that you would like to use for your iPhone to announce calls.
We have selected Always in the image below, which means that the caller will always be announced.
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Matthew Burleigh has been writing tech tutorials since 2008. His writing has appeared on dozens of different websites and been read over 50 million times.
After receiving his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Computer Science he spent several years working in IT management for small businesses. However, he now works full time writing content online and creating websites.
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