While I'm on the train using my AirPods with my Mac, how do I accept a call from my iPhone over the AirPods while using my iPhone as a Wi-Fi hotspot?

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    If you have handoff set up, you can answer your phone from your Mac and then your AirPods will work, but that's a great question.
    – NoahL
    Dec 25, 2016 at 23:38
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    Unfortunately that doesn't apply for hotspot or non WiFi moments such as when im traveling on the train,
    – Macmaniman
    Dec 27, 2016 at 1:37

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This isn't currently possible as AirPods connect to one device at a time and your Mac isn't able to accept calls unless it is on the same Wi-Fi network as your phone (Hotspot doesn't count).

Until one of those changes you'll have to ask the caller to "give me a minute to put on my headphones" (common practice) while you open Bluetooth settings on your iPhone (fastest: swipe up control center and choose AirPods in AirPlay) and connect to your AirPods. The call will automatically route to your AirPods once connected!


Alternatively you could get a bluetooth device such as the Bose QuietComfort 35 which allows you to connect up to two devices so you could be connected to both your iPhone and Mac and switch easily between them!

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