How to Stop Your iPad from Ringing: Turn Off iPhone Calls to Your iPad in Settings


Apples’s iOS 8 added a number of useful features. One of those is the ability to automatically “transfer” a call to your iPad from your iPhone. That is, your iPad “rings” when you get a call on your iPhone if the iPhone is nearby.

Apple calls this “Continuity” and it works immediately once all your devices are updated to iOS 8. If you have the same Apple ID and associated phone number on your iPad and iPhone, calls will show up on your tablet once the iPhone starts ringing. Your iPad becomes a speakerphone and you can handle the call from your iPad.

If you find this capability more annoying than useful, here’s how to turn it off. The first is to disable the feature on your iPhone so it won’t “forward” calls to your iPad.

On your iPhone:
Go to Settings > FaceTime > iPhone Cellular Calls
Turn this setting off.

The second way is to disable receiving calls on a specific device such as your iPad. The steps are the same.

On your iPad:
Go to Settings > FaceTime > iPhone Cellular Calls
Turn this setting off.


About Andy Brovey

Dr. Andy Brovey, The Portable Prof, has over 30 years experience in educational technology, including teaching, administration and professional development. In 2007, Apple Inc. recognized his work and named him an Apple Distinguished Educator. Andy now runs a professional development business, working on site and online to help others make sense and make use of digital tools. He started this iPad Academy website shortly after the first iPad went on sale to help others become more comfortable and competent with the iPad, in person and online. Click Here for Video Lessons