How to Use the iPhone Speakerphone

by David Lipscomb Google

    You make numerous phone calls on your iPhone each month. In some of those cases, it makes sense to use the speakerphone option on the device. Accessing the speakerphone on your iPhone is a one or two taps away during or prior to placing a call. The external microphone and speaker on the iPhone enables you to perform other tasks while the phone is on your desk, such as looking up directions or accessing a favorite recipe.

    Step 1

    Tap the green "Phone" icon on your iPhone.

    Step 2

    Tap "Favorites," "Recents" or "Contacts" to find the person you want to dial. Tap the name of the person, then the corresponding phone number. Alternatively, tap "Keyboard" to go direct to dialing a number, then tap "Call."

    Step 3

    Tap the "Speaker" icon on the menu to switch from normal to speaker operation.

    Step 4

    Tap "Voicemail" to check your messages. Tap the message you want to hear to begin playback. Tap the "Speaker" button to switch to the speakerphone.


    • If you find the speakerphone sound isn't very clear, ensure there are no obstructions in the way of the speaker or microphone, such as a protective case. When facing the iPhone 4 or 4S, this is the opening on the lower right. The speaker is on the lower left on earlier versions.
    • Check to see if headphones or another obstruction is in the headphone jack. This will mute speakerphone sound.
    • Turn off Bluetooth to ensure the iPhone is not paired with a nearby headset. Tap "Settings," "General" then "Bluetooth." Slide the switch to the left to deactivate the feature.

    About the Author

    David Lipscomb is a professional writer and public relations practitioner. Lipscomb brings more than a decade of experience in the consumer electronics and advertising industries. Lipscomb holds a degree in public relations from Webster University.

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