My MacBook pro is connected to my iPhone's personal hotspot. I am not able to make/receive cellular calls on my MacBook, is that a limitation that I have to be on the same network applies to it should not be an hotspot of same iPhone?

  • Macbook Pro 13" 2020 - Big-Sur
  • iPhone 12 - IOS 14.4.2

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No - the method by which your Mac connects to the internet doesn't affect whether it can hand off calls to your cellular service in general. I've tested this mostly in the US with US carriers, but it's possible you have different rules and would need to check with your carrier.

I suppose your network could be broken or firewall or traffic is preventing a properly set up set of devices from working, but the more common cause is the carrier setup didn't finish.

I would focus on undoing and re-doing the steps needed for the carrier to talk to the iPhone and then the settings on the iPhone to enable WiFi calling.

  • Thanks for the prompt reply @bmike. but i can now confirm that its working when i am using same network for both iphone and MacBook (and not the hotspot of an iPhone) it works. so it does not work when connected to same iPhone's personal hotspot i was trying to call from using MacBook. Commented Apr 12, 2021 at 12:07
  • Well, that’s unfortunate - I haven’t run into that but I suspect that this could be something in the cellular rule set from a carrier. Any chance your carrier has decent support if you open a ticket with them to validate your findings @aatifshaikh
    – bmike
    Commented Apr 12, 2021 at 14:09
  • I am not sure abput that @bmike, will sure do though Commented Apr 13, 2021 at 10:38

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