How to Make an iPhone Answer Automatically on a Bluetooth Headset
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You love your Bluetooth headset, but you don’t love that your iPhone won’t automatically route your incoming calls to your headset? Actually, your iPhone can automatically answer calls on your Bluetooth headset. Here’s how to make your iPhone automatically pick up calls on your headset.

Perhaps the only thing about this that is more frustrating than having your calls be picked up by your handset even though you have your Bluetooth headset firmly planted in your ear, and you know that it is connected, is finding the darned setting to make incoming calls default to your headset.


That’s why we have put together this easy-to-follow tutorial for you.

First, go into the settings area of your iPhone:

iphone settings

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Now, at this point you might see the “Sounds” settings area, and think “Aha!”, and… you’d be wrong. Instead, go into the “General” settings area:

iphone general settings

Now go into the “Accessibility” settings area (yep, what genius put this setting in – or at least only in – this area?):

 

iphone accessibility settings

Next scroll aaalllll the way down to “Physical & Motor” section, and tap on… tah dah … “Incoming Calls”:

iphone incoming calls settings

And there it is. Select Headset (Default goes to your handset, Speaker goes to the speaker on your handset).

make calls go to bluetooth headset in iphone

Hopefully this will save you some frustration when you don’t have to fumble with answering on your handset while at the same time trying to switch the call to your Bluetooth headset!

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You love your Bluetooth headset, but you don't love that your iPhone won't automatically route your incoming calls to your headset? Actually, your iPhone can automatically answer calls on your Bluetooth headset. Here's how to make your iPhone automatically pick up calls on your headset.
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  1. i have an iphone 5 – ACCESSIBILITY ; GENERAL ; CALL AUDIO ROUTING clicked on BLUETOOTH HEADSET and it worked beautifully
    thank you

  2. This answer fails to give an accurate description. The iphone does not have an auto answer function. What was described was how to make the bluetooth activated by default when you manually answer the phone. Android phones have a setting so a call will automatically be answered after two rings when bluetooth is on. The person does not have to touch the phone or the bluetooth – the call just comes through. There is an app that can be installed on the iphone to make this happen but it it not approved by Apple from what I understand.

  3. I went to setting general accessibility call audio routing and changed it to Bluetooth and it still won’t auto pick up

  4. Hi..
    I need to auto answer incoming calls while Bluetooth is connected. Is this possible? To be used by disabled cases.

  5. thats not working for me, calls are coming to bluetooth headset, but its not accepting calls automatically, I have to manually answer the call. please suggest.

  6. Re: iPhone6 Menu is slightly different but results the same:

    go to General settings then accessibility then call audio routing–set to headset–done

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