Can Siri answer the phone without AirPods?

Answered by Willie Powers

As of iOS 14.5, Siri can answer phone calls without the need for AirPods. This new feature, called Announce Calls with Siri, allows users to receive incoming calls and hear the caller’s name or phone number announced by Siri. Previously, users had to manually answer the call by pressing a button or tapping the screen.

With this update, Siri can now answer calls using the built-in speaker of your iPhone or any connected Bluetooth headset or speaker. This means that you can use Siri to answer calls even if you don’t have AirPods or any other specific headphones.

To enable this feature, you need to go to the Settings app on your iPhone and navigate to Phone > Announce Calls. From there, you can choose how you want Siri to announce incoming calls. The options include Always, Headphones & Car, Headphones Only, or Never. By selecting the appropriate option, you can customize Siri’s behavior according to your preferences.

Once Announce Calls with Siri is enabled, you can receive calls hands-free. When your iPhone rings, Siri will announce the caller’s name or phone number, and you can simply say “Hey Siri, answer the call” to accept it. This functionality is particularly useful when you are unable to reach your phone or if you have your hands full.

By allowing Siri to answer calls without AirPods, Apple has made it more convenient for users to manage their incoming calls. Whether you’re using a Bluetooth headset, a speaker, or just the built-in speaker on your iPhone, Siri can help you handle calls without the need for physical interaction.

It’s worth noting that Siri’s ability to answer calls without AirPods is dependent on the iOS version installed on your device. If you’re running an older version of iOS, you may not have access to this feature. Therefore, make sure to update your iPhone to the latest iOS version to take advantage of this functionality.

Siri can answer phone calls without AirPods, thanks to the Announce Calls with Siri feature introduced in iOS 14.5. This allows users to hear the name or phone number of the caller and answer the call using Siri, even if they don’t have AirPods or any specific headphones. It’s a convenient hands-free option for managing incoming calls, and it’s accessible through the Settings app on your iPhone.