Siri Can Announce Phone Callers | Tips for Changing Devices for WiFi Calling Too

At the end of this post look for a video I embedded of a favorite YouTuber ZoneofTech discussing what Apple’s September 12th Live Keynote will entail.

This is what the app looks like.

Introduction to Call Announcements ios 10

I was pretty surprised to discover today that there’s a feature of ios 10 I almost missed shortly before ios 11 is launched. Call Announcements or Talking Caller ID. This neat feature appears to have flown under the radar for a lot of iPhone users. More importantly it also applies to iPad users too as long as you’ve enabled phone calls to be routed to your iPad as well. Since I use both I’ll run through how to setup this up on both devices.

Having callers announced out loud to you can come in really handy if you usually find yourself in situations that makes it difficult to drop everything instantly and answer the phone as soon as it rings. It gives you the opportunity to either answer quickly to arrange a callback in a few minutes…or to decide if you even want to talk to the caller. Regardless of the type of phone call involved…in my family, no one ever seems to actually answer a phone call immediately. I really think it’s generally just a timing thing. Because what almost always occurs is that someone calls someone else…they don’t answer so they leave a short message…and the callee calls back within 5 minutes without ever having listened to the actual message. I’ve always wondered if that’s pretty typical or not…if you can shed any light on it let me know in the comments way down at the bottom of the page.

How Answering Calls Works With Our LandLine System

At home we have a nifty little device that plugs into one of our cordless telephone bases and announces out loud who’s calling whenever our landline telephone rings. This is great for me because I’m the most time challenged member of my family! When it comes to answering phone calls it’s difficult for me to act immediately for one of 2 reasons. Either I’m in the middle of writing something and tearing myself away mid-sentence has more negative consequences than waiting until I’ve completed my thought does. 2nd, no matter how quickly I may act, I rarely can physically make it to the phone to answer the call before it’s gone to voicemail.

So, we’ve setup our answering machine to allow 6 rings before it kicks in to answer. 6 rings is a great number to use because it gives me time to get within hearing range of the talking caller ID and find out who’s calling. Also, I’ve learned that it’s a good number to use for blocking out most telemarketing calls. Most telemarketers will hang up after 4 rings (or really on the 4th ring,) I suspect because that’s the default number of rings that most answering systems are setup for out of the box.

I’ve always wished I could setup a similar arrangement for incoming cell phone calls. It turns out I can…sort of!

What Siri used to look like

How to Enable Call Announcements on iPhone

The steps are pretty simple…I’m not entirely sure why this seems to have flown completely under the radar for almost a year…and in fact just a few weeks prior to the launch of ios 11!

iPhone Setup

Go to Settings – Phone – Announce Calls – then Select either:

  • Always
  • Only While Using Headphones in your car
  • Only While Headphones period
  • Never

iPad Setup

Go to Settings – FaceTime – First Make Sure ‘Calls from iPhone‘ is Turned On – Then Drag the Right Side of the ‘Settings’ Screen Up to Go To ‘Announce Calls‘ at the Bottom of the Page –  Turn this On – Then Select Either:

  • Always
  • Only While Using Headphones in your car
  • Only While Headphones period
  • Never

That’s all there is to it! Now, whenever someone calls you you’ll have a spoken Caller ID message announcing the caller.

How to Enable WiFi Calling

In some of the screenshots above the purple arrows show you were to find WiFi Calling Settings on your iPhone. When you enable WiFi Calling your iPhone will use any WiFi it’s connected to improve the quality of the phone call if you happen to not have a great cell phone signal wherever you may be.

Here’s a link to Apple’s instructions for setting up WiFi Calling.

I also made a PDF of the steps you can download here.

How to Remove A Device to Free Up Space for ios WiFi Calling

If you happen to get a new device that you want to setup WiFi Calling for and you get an error message telling you that you’ve registered the maximum number of devices allowed to you for WiFi Calling…follow the instructions in the screenshot below.

ZoneofTech’s Video Discusses


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About vsajewel

Hi...I'm the author of 2 main blogs on WordPress...vsatips...where I write tech tips for mobile devices...primarily ios...2nd is vsatrends...where I write less about tech things and more about everything else. I also host a YouTube channel which I use to better illustrate some of the 'how to's' in my posts. I love everything about technology. Currently, my main interests/platforms are ios, Windows and Amazon Echo. Recently I decided we were spending way too much money with our local cable provider. So I decided to cut the cord. There is a definite learning curve, especially the antennae part, but we successfully did that and are now saving a boatload of money, so I write some about that. I also am extremely conscientious about security because of an event my family endured , so I write a lot about that too. Two sub-categories of security I tend to focus on are the password manager Dashlane and Hardware Firewalls. Last, I take a lot of notes and have been a beta tester for Evernote for many years. I love Evernote! In recent years Apple has beefed up Apple Notes a it’s become a fairly serious note long as its OK if you lose or mess up all your Apple note data. I write about those 2 note platforms primarily.
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