Using the Phone App

Get more information on using the iPhone Phone app in this free lesson.

Making calls

There are two ways to make a phone call from the Phone app. You can enter a phone number manually or call someone from your Contacts or Favorites list.

To dial a number:

  1. Tap the Phone icon.
  2. Tap Keypad at the bottom of the screen, then enter the phone number you want to call.
  3. Tap Call to place the call.
  4. When the call is finished, tap the red End button to hang up.

In some apps, like Mail and Safari, you can call a phone number simply by tapping either the number or a Call button.

To call a contact:

Instead of dialing numbers manually, you can save phone numbers to your phone as contacts. We'll talk more about contacts in our lesson on Adding and Managing Contacts.

  1. Tap the Phone icon on the Home screen.
  2. Tap Contacts at the bottom of the screen, then tap the name of the contact you want to call.
  3. Tap the contact's phone number to place the call.
  4. When the call is finished, tap End to hang up.


If you frequently call the same contacts, you can add them to your Favorites list. You may find this more convenient than selecting a contact from your Contacts list. To add an existing contact as a favorite, open the Phone app, select Favorites, then tap the + button. To call a favorite, simply tap the desired contact.

Active call options

There are several actions you can take during a phone call. For example, you can choose to add another person to the conversation or switch your voice call to a video call.

Click the buttons in the interactive below to become more familiar with the active call options.

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