Can’t Answer Call on Apple Watch & Unable to Receiving Calls: Fixed Steps

🗓️ May 23, 2022 By ✍️ Jaysukh patel

in this article, I have covered all about Why can’t answer calls on my Apple Watch? in case you are unable to receive calls through the Apple watch. you may also face that the Apple watch allows tap the green button but it answers on your Paired iPhone. Apple watch is generally useful for receiving a call or make a call, Check notifications, and Messaging nowadays, So apple released a life-changing step in the last couple of months with the smart wearable Apple watch device. And now Apple watch owners are facing the biggest issue on Apple watch can’t answer a call or Make a call.

On each update, Apple makes it try to short out this problem day today, but still, Apple Watch can’t answer a call after receiving a call from a green button on the Apple watch screen. But we can talk through apple watch after receiving a call from apple watch. This trick is helpful to All Apple Watch Models, Apple Watch Series 7, Series 6, Series 5, Series 4, Series 3, Series 2 and Series 1.

Here Are Some Fixed on Apple Watch Can’t Answer a Call: Follow in Sequence

Solution 1: Prerequisite Conditions: Apple Watch Not Receiving Calls Information

  1. Your Apple Watch Must be on your Wrist and Unlocked [Enter Apple Watch Lock Screen Passcode].
  2. Your Apple Watch must be in Range, So you can check this through Ping your iPhone from Apple Watch. [Swipe up on the Apple Watch screen to Open Control Center > Tap on iPhone icon to Play tone on your iPhone].
  3. Apple Watch Not Play Ringtone & Haptic Vibrate for an incoming call, on Your Paired iPhone, Open Watch App > My Watch Tab > Phone > Enable Mirror my iPhone and Enable Ringtone & Haptic toggle to green.
  4. Make sure, Your apple watch is not locked with a Water lock. if it’s locked then Rotate the Digital Crown button to unlock the water lock. The Waterdrop icon will show on the Apple Watch Notification Center.Water Lock icon apple Watch
  5. Make sure Focus [Do Not Disturb] is off on your apple watch. Press the Digital Crown button > Find and Tap on Settings > Scroll to Focus and Turn off Focus. here’s How to Use Focus on iPhone and Apple Watch.
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Solution 2: Turn Off Do Not Disturb Mode & Theater Mode

Do Not Disturb or Focus in New Apple WatchOS is become smart and easy to manage all the Apple devices in sync. So to Reactivate all the Call, Message & Notification alerts we have to turn off Focus. Also, Theater mode is also useful while watching an uninterrupted movie experience. Also, Turn off from apple watch if it’s enabled. follow the below steps,

  1. Swipe up your finger on the screen to open the notification center on the apple watch.
  2. make sure Do Not Disturb is off. Tap on the Half-moon icon to turn it off.turn-off-do-not-disturb-mode-on-apple-watch
  3. Also Turn off Theater mode, from the control center. Tap on the Face mask icon to turn it off.turn-off-theater-mode-on-apple-watch
  4. Also, Make sure, Airplane mode is off on the apple watch.turn-off-airplane-mode-on-apple-watch

Also, make sure Bluetooth is on in your iPhone settings. You can troubleshoot with the below solution.

Solution 3: Make Sure Apple Watch is Connected with iPhone

To Mirro your iPhone notifications and call your apple watch must be connected and pair with your iPhone. We can check it from the Apple Watch control center, Swipe up on your apple watch face from bottom to top. You will see Green iPhone at the top left corner of the screen, which means your iPhone is paired with an apple watch.

  1. You will see Red iPhone, in the case of big Distance and out of bluetooth range.
  2. Your iPhone is Turned off or Bluetooth is off on your iPhone.
  3. Apple Watch is disconnected from Bluetooth settings on iPhone, Settings app on iPhone > General > Bluetooth > Apple Watch must be connected.

if still not connecting then Restart your iPhone [Settings >, General,> scroll to Shut Down and after 10 seconds turn it on using the side power button] then Turn off and Turn on Bluetooth on your iPhone to connect to your Apple Watch automatically.

Apple Watch no Connection with iPhone and Disconnected
Apple Watch Disconnected from iPhone

Solution 4: Turn Off Apple Watch Completely

  • To Turn off just press and hold the apple watch side button, until you see Power off slider. Slide power off option.
  • That’s it.
How to turn off apple watch 4 when not charging
How to turn off apple watch 4 when not charging

Solution 5: Remove Water Lock from Apple Watch

The water lock on the apple watch Prevent access to all input controls and close completely like the Speaker grill. So, Receiving or making calls on an apple watch is not working while the water lock is on for your apple watch.

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To turn off the Water lock, Rotate the apple watch digital crown button in a clockwise direction and unlock it.


Now, You can make & receive calls on the apple watch.

Solution 6: Force Stop or Close All Background Apps from iPhone

  • And the other side also Stops all running background applications from the iPhone. Double press the home button, From the multitasking screen, swipe up your finger on each opened app. Or on iPhone 6S or 6S Plus hard press on the left side edge and move the finger to right [Double tap on the home button].
Force Close Background App on iPhone [No Home Button iPhone X or Later]
Force Close Background App on iPhone [No Home Button iPhone X or Later]

Solution 7: Turn on apple watch

  • Press and Hold On the side button of your Apple Watch until you see the Apple logo on the screen. and Unlock your Apple watch with Passcode.

Solution 8: Restart or Force Restart your iPhone,

  • iPhone 8/8 Plus, iPhone X, iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone XR, iPhone XS, XS Max User,
  1. Quickly Press and Release Volume Up Button.
  2. Quickly Press and Release Volume Down Button.
  3. Now, Only Press and Hold the Side/Power button until you see the Apple logo on the screen. That’s it. See below image,
2 Hard Reboot your iPhone XS (1)
Hard Reboot your iPhone
  • Home button iPhone 7/7 Plus, 6S/6 Plus: by the press and Hold Sleep/ Wake + Home button, until you see the Apple logo on the screen.

Wait for a time, Your Watch trying to find your iPhone and establish a new connection with correct configurations.

Solution 9: Still Not Fixed Then Unpair and Pair Apple Watch Again

Still not fixed then you should fix the WatchOS Software issues by unpair and re-pair Apple Watch. The unpairing process will erase your apple watch after backup on your iPhone. On Re-pair apple watch, you will see the Latest backup restore option. So, This is a helpful solution as well.

Unpair Apple Watch From iPhone
Unpair Apple Watch From iPhone
  1. On your Paired iPhone, Open Watch App.
  2. Tap on Apple Watch name.
  3. Tap on (i) button next to the Apple watch name.
  4. Last Option is Unpair Apple Watch. Follow the onscreen instructions.
  5. That’s it.
    1. pair Your Apple Watch Again with the same iPhone, Use Watch App on iPhone to Re-pair your Apple Watch.
    2. Keep Apple Watch Near to iPhone in the whole setup.
    3. That’s it.

Can you answer calls on apple watch without Phone?

GPS + Cellular Apple Watch will able to receive a call or make a call from apple watch without iPhone. So we don’t need a nearby iPhone.

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But, GPS only Apple Watch will be able to receive a call or make a call from apple watch without iPhone but iPhone must be in bluetooth range.

  • To Make a Call, Open Phone app on Apple Watch > See Favorites, Recents, Contacts, Keypad, and Call Voicemail.
  • To Receive call, Click on Green button to Start call.

Can you make calls on apple watch without Phone?

TO make a Call in apple watch without iPhone, the GPS + Cellular Apple watch model doesn’t need your iPhone Nearby. But the GPS Apple Watch model needs your iPhone nearby.

  • To Make a Call, Open Phone app on Apple Watch > See Favorites, Recents, Contacts, Keypad, and Call Voicemail.

Now wait and watch, how will you manage apple this problem in the next update. Might be above steps are the best solution for all time. Are you successful like me, share with me if any help to others on Apple watch can’t answer a call or receive a call.

Jaysukh Patel
Jaysukh Patel

Jaysukh Patel is the founder of howtoisolve. Also self Professional Developer, Techno lover mainly for iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch and iOS, Jaysukh is one of responsible person in his family. Contact On: [OR]

1 Comment
  1. Disconnecting VPN in the iPhone will be yet another solution. I.e. With VPN enabled -> No Phone call is possible using Apple Watch.

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