Call Forwarding on iPhone — Enabling, Disabling, and Everything Else

By Sidharth | Apple

Your iPhone is ringing, but you are not there to pick it up. She calls you back after 5 minutes. No response yet. One more call. Same story — you are still away from your phone. She’s had it enough, and so she moves onto the next number. A guy picks up the call and she finally announces something shocking: “Congrats, you have won $10000.”

How do you feel now?

I made up that story, if it makes you feel any better. But the point is, sometimes — just sometimes — when we are away or busy we may want to forward calls to another phone number. This way we won’t miss any important incoming calls.

Fortunately, the iPhone’s Call Forwarding feature is super-easy to activate — all your incoming phone calls will be diverted to another phone number.

Look for the telephone icon on your phone’s status bar to know if Call Forwarding is already activated on your iPhone. If the icon doesn’t appear on the status bar, then you haven’t activate this feature yet. Here’s how to enable call forwarding on iPhone:

Turn ON Call Forwarding

  • Go to Settings from your iPhone.
  • Tap on “Phone.”
  • Go to “Call Forwarding“ and turn it ON.
  • Add a phone number. Incoming calls will be diverted to this phone number.

That’s about it. If the telephone icon on your iPhone’s status bar is visible, then you have successfully activated call forwarding on your iPhone.

Turn OFF Call Forwarding

Here’s how to disable call forwarding on iPhone:

  • Go to Settings from your iPhone.
  • Tap on “Phone.”
  • Go to “Call Forwarding“ and turn if ON.

Turning OFF Call Forwarding will automatically stop rerouting of calls. Apple iPhone’s status bar will not show the telephone icon anymore, which means you have successfully deactivated call forwarding on your iPhone.

In short: Navigate to Settings -> Phone -> Call Forwarding to enable or disable forwarding of phone calls.

Note: For the sake of this tutorial, we used iPhone 4S that’s running iOS 5 firmware. Users on iPhone 5/4 with iOS 5 or iOS 6 should follow the same steps.

Have you forwarded calls before? Did you encounter any issues? Any interesting stories to share? Let us know through your comments below!

About the Author

Hi, I am Sidharth. Full-time blogger. Editor of Blogote. And a self-proclaimed geek!