Accessibility Settings: How to Set Your iPhone to Automatically Answer Calls

Did you know that the iPhone allows your phone to automatically answer calls after a certain number of rings? If you’re the type of person who’s always near their cellphone but sometimes takes too long to answer, or if you find the swiping-to-answer motion annoying (like my mom) or difficult to do, then you can turn on this setting. You can find this feature in your Accessibility Settings. Here’s how to set your iPhone to automatically answer calls after a fixed amount of time.

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To set your iPhone to automatically answer after a certain amount of time:

  • Open the Settings app.
  • Select General, then Accessibility.
  • Scroll down to Call Audio Routing.

  • Tap Auto-Answer Calls.
  • Toggle it on.

  • You can choose the duration of time your iPhone will ring before it automatically answers the call by tapping the plus or minus sighs to the right of Seconds.

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Conner Carey is a writer & joyous creator; she works with online businesses to develop their brand and as a creative consultant to help artists of all kinds get unblocked. You can reach her at (coming soon) or @connerleecarey on Instagram. She’s currently garage-selling all of her stuff to hit the road in an RV full-time with her mom, Jan and dog, Jodi. Follow their adventures on instagram @georgiatheRV.