I'm trying to understand how to setup a picture of myself for my father's iPhone so he can press on the picture of me (on his home screen) and it will call me.

I found this site callmeicons.com (I haven't been to it) from this video https://www.google.com/search?q=how+do+I+make+a+picture+dial+a+number%3F+iphone&rlz=1C1CHBF_enUS947US947&oq=how+do+I+make+a+picture+dial+a+number%3F++iphone&aqs=chrome..69i57.13835j0j15&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8#kpvalbx=_sEy3YoJHxqzk2g_M0ofIBg17

which explains how to set this up, but I don't understand how it works and it seems to be making calls through that site which I don't want to do.

Is there a way to on an iPhone setup a picture on the home screen to call a phone number.

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    "I haven't been to it" well, why not? btw, the google search will show different results for everybody who clicks the link.
    – Tetsujin
    Jun 25, 2022 at 18:11
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    Or perhaps you are asking the wrong question? I think a shortcut could do this... howtogeek.com/736926/… Jun 25, 2022 at 18:37
  • @SteveChambers That's a good answer. Jun 25, 2022 at 23:31
  • I haven't been to the callmeicons.com website because I didn't trust it. What I want to do should be done from the phone.
    – PatS
    Jul 9, 2022 at 16:16

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The call a contact action is built in to shortcuts.

You can add shortcuts to Siri or the Home Screen. I think you need something like Widgetsmith or scriptable to convert a shortcut to Lock Screen widget but iOS 16 might have even more options when it ships.

You also should try adding your contact to their Home Screen - that way you can have the person’s face and other contact details ready for FaceTime, messages, etc…

  • I've accepted this as the answer, but felt that the comment Steve Chambers gave was also very useful.
    – PatS
    Jul 9, 2022 at 16:21

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