Is it possible to set up my iPhone to automatically answer phone call for me?

I work in an environment where I constantly receive a number of incoming phone calls. To make it physically less straining, I use my iPhone connected with my EarPods. It's a hassle to pick up the iPhone and slide on screen, or to reach out to press the button near microphone of my EarPods to answer the call.

I would also like to have a mechanism to configure the duration of time my iPhone rings before the call is automatically answered.

I generally answer every call that I receive, irrespective of the caller. However, it would be nice to have the ability to know the name of the caller if the caller is a contact saved in my phonebook.

I am using an iPhone 8 running iOS 12.0.1.

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Is it possible to set up my iPhone to automatically answer phone call for me?

Yes, there is a built-in accessibility setting that you can use for exactly this task.

On your iPhone, in Settings app, navigate to General → Accessibility → Call Audio Routing (Last item under Interaction section) → Auto-Answer Calls. Tap on the switch shown against Auto-Answer Calls to enable it. (The setting is turned off by default)

Once enabled, you'll get the option to configure the duration of time to wait before a call is automatically answered. You can set any time interval from 0.0 seconds to 60.0 seconds in steps of 1.0 second.


I generally answer every call that I receive, irrespective of the caller. However, it would be nice to have the ability to know the name of the caller if the caller is a contact saved in my phonebook.

To hear the caller name announcement, you can use another built-in setting. Go to Settings app and navigate to Phone → Announce Calls (Under Calls section) and select one of the available options s desired.

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    Fantastic! Thank you for the answer. – Hara Sitaphal Oct 15 at 14:34

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