Answer calls on watch via Bluetooth headset?

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by enderg, May 20, 2015.

  1. enderg macrumors member

    Apr 22, 2015
    OK, so I got the bluetooth headset paired up with the :apple: Watch. Music works fine but why can't I use the headset with the watch to answer a phone call? Am I holding it wrong? Has anyone figured this out?
  2. Mac 128 macrumors 603

    Mac 128

    Apr 16, 2015
    Why would you want this? It would just be an unnecessary power drain from both devices. You pair your headset with Both the watch and the phone, then use it to answer calls directly from the phone. As far as I can tell, the only point in pairing the headset to the watch is to listen to music when you are out of range of the phone.
  3. bjdraw macrumors 6502a

    Jan 24, 2008
    Tampa FL
    I haven't figured out a way to do this either. Funny too, as this worked fine on the Pebble. I expect Apple will fix this in an update soon, seems trivial to either add an option to never answer the phone on the watch when a headset is connected, or to simply let us scroll up and select answer on headset.
  4. cajunJohn macrumors newbie


    Jan 3, 2018
    If I am out of range and listening to music and a call comes in I would like to answer it with my headset the whole point is to not have the phone when I am working on the farm or fishing I can leave my phone in the truck and do my thing
  5. DeepIn2U macrumors 603


    May 30, 2002
    Toronto, Ontario, Canada
    Not to mention a lot of bluetooth headsets have better microphone audio quality to carry your voice to the recipient on the other end.
  6. CobraPA macrumors 6502a

    Mar 12, 2011
    Lansdale, PA, USA
  7. cynics macrumors G4

    Jan 8, 2012
    You might not be holding it wrong but you maybe answering it wrong. The functionality is certainly there because I've used it quite a few times after my phone battery has died and didn't want to be tethered to a charging cable.

    Generally speaking with bluetooth the device you press answer on is the device audio and microphone are routed too. So if you get a phone call you'll need to answer the call via the headset not the watch.

    However if you accidentally answer the call on your watch and want to transfer it to a bluetooth headset you can swipe up on the phone calls screen, press "Audio", than select your paired headset.


    The screenshot was mostly for me to verify it works with bluetooth headsets other than Apples AirPods. And it works just fine.

    Hope this helps or at least helps you not give up on finding a solution to why its not working for you.

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