Ask watch to make call on phone

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by thekayman, Jul 8, 2015.

  1. thekayman macrumors 6502

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    Often esp. when driving I've got my phone in the pocket and headphones on. Can I ask Siri on the watch to initiate a call on my phone? If not, is it something you would find useful? Should we tell Apple?
     
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    I use my watch sometime to call my husband while I'm driving. With Siri awake I say, "hey Siri call XX at (home, work or however I have the number listed)". You can also say "hey Siri call 1-xxx-xxx-xxxx". Works very well. I talk directly through my watch while I'm driving. You can always go to your phone to continue the call if you leave the car and would rather continue the call on the phone.
     
  3. thekayman thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I know about calling through the watch but thats not what Im after.
     
  4. Armen macrumors 604

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    I think OP wants to initiate the call from the Apple watch but hand it off to the iPhone so he can talk over his headphones. The issue is that you cannot hand off directly from the watch. You have to pick up your phone and use the icon on the lock screen to hand it off.
     
  5. HopefulHumanist macrumors 6502a

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    I haven't found a way to trigger it but I definitely would like that feature. My car has bluetooth so I rather talk through the mic in the car than the one on my wrist.
     
  6. thekayman thread starter macrumors 6502

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    It would be like the watch acting as a "remote" for the phone app on the iPhone. They do it with music, why not calls?
     
  7. OBirder macrumors member

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    Have you tried?

    For me this is actually one of the features I like very much and does work better than expected. I put my headset on, pull up the watch with e.g. "Hey Siri, call my wife iPhone". Without anything further the phone makes the call and I have the conversation on my headset.

    I use my phone as well as GPS with a windshield mount and plugged in to power. In the past when I woke up my phone with "Hey Siri ..." it made the call after a few attempts, but switched the screen away from the GPS App to the Phone App. Now I had to press Home, Home and tap on the GPS App to switch back.

    Not so with the Watch. Mostly it does work on the first attempt. As mentioned it makes the call to my headset and best of all it leaves the GPS screen on.

    I don't know if it has to do with the headset. I use the Plantronics Voyager with AirPlay set to Phone and not the Headset.

    Give it a try. Good luck ...
     
  8. thekayman thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I did, once, it didn't work. I will again, but in your case I suspect the call is handled by the watch with the sound routed through the BT headset.
     
  9. fischersd macrumors 68040

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    Heh, not to knitpick, but is that legal where you are? I know here it's illegal to use headphones while driving. Just something to keep in mind.

    Apple does have some work to do to make the combination of watch/phone more car aware and adjust the behaviour to complement the capabilities of the devices. (maybe they'll save that for their in-car software).

    Edit: if you have your headphones paired to the iPhone while you're listening to music, using the Siri integration on your headphones could be used for initiating a call.
    ...or are you saying you don't need to hear the person you're calling as you'd rather they just hear you and you continue to listen to your music? :)
     
  10. OBirder macrumors member

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    The headset has only Bluetooth connection to the phone and not the watch. The call is through the phone. The watch is back to normal operation after the initiation through Siri. I can end the call either through the headset or the phone.
     
  11. thekayman thread starter macrumors 6502

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    actually, that's another thing, the volume on the iPhone is kinda low even at max, it doesn't completely block out traffic noise... :)

    OT: where I live, these are very popular items. care to guess what they're used for?

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  12. Tinch macrumors newbie

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    Are you sure it's illegal there. It's not in Ohio. How do deaf people drive then.
     
  13. fischersd, Jul 9, 2015
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    fischersd macrumors 68040

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    Edit: Wow! I'm shocked. I know people that have been pulled over and given warnings by police for using them. I just did a cursory search. It's actually not. :eek:

    http://www.theglobeandmail.com/glob...rs-but-they-may-be-dangerous/article13528114/

    ...really should be though.

    Per your comment. Hearing aids would never be illegal, obviously. If someone was wearing a hearing assist device that looked like regular headphones, they could be pulled over, but wouldn't be charged once the officer saw what it was.

    Edit2: Here's a better north american view. It is illegal in some states and provinces / territories:

    http://drivinglaws.aaa.com/laws/headsets/
     
  14. fischersd macrumors 68040

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    So, you can feel smug as you're flying through your windshield. Awesome! Heh.
     
  15. thekayman thread starter macrumors 6502

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    10 points for you! (I actually like wearing my seatbelt, makes me feel more connected to my car which improves my sporty driving ;-))

    back on topic: I tried the above suggestion again (with apple's stock earphones), what it does, it calls my wife's iphone, not my wife through my iphone. maybe if she had a samsung Siri would understand what I actually wanted.
     
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    If you're using a bluetooth headphone connected to your phone, why not just activate Siri from the headphone? Even my cheapest BT earbud does that.
     
  17. Tinch macrumors newbie

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    Some people drive who are totally deaf. Hearing aids don't help them headphones are probably illegal in some places but not here in Ohio. I went to a State police barracks and asked just because I wanted to wear mine earphones.
     
  18. thekayman thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I'm using apple's stock earphones and if I ask Siri to make a call it asks me to unlock the phone first - which is not exactly practical when my phone is in my pocket. The watch bypasses the lock.
     
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    That's for car accident death accelerator, I think they have warranty user will go faster than anyone else in accident.
     
  20. fischersd macrumors 68040

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    Yep, people who are totally deaf can still drive as far as I'm aware.

    If you check that AAA list, they disagree with you about Ohio (now, maybe the state police don't care?) :)

    Ohio
    Wearing earphones over, or earplugs in, both ears is not permitted while driving. Exempts speakers built into protective headgear or hearing aids.
     

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