Is it possible to use an iPad as a phone? Definitely resolved — 2022
When we talk about the iPad, we always tend to focus on the area of productivity and leisure, since its format and screen allow it to be used in very different ways and for completely opposite purposes. However, we have rarely heard of the iPad as a device to communicate, and this does not mean that we cannot do it, so in this post we want to talk to you about how you can use your iPad as if it were your phone.
Most users who have an iPad are usually tied to a WiFi network, since it is the way through which the iPad can connect to the Internet. However, there is another model, the so-called iPad Wi-Fi + Cellular that allows the user to enjoy an internet connection at any time and anywhere thanks to an eSIM card.
The fact of having or not having an eSIM card inside your iPad will not only mark the availability of connecting to the internet, but also the possibility of using your iPad as if it were a mobile phone, that is, to be able to call and receive calls and of course also send and receive text messages.
Therefore, depending on which model you have, you will need to meet some requirements or others. Let's start talking about the basic model, the iPad WiFi, which is the one that most users buy since it is cheaper than the WiFi + Cellular version. In case you want to make or receive calls and send or receive text messages, you need to be connected to a Wi-Fi network. If you do not have an internet connection on your iPad, you will not be able to do the actions of a phone.
If, instead of having a Wi-Fi iPad, you have the Wi-Fi + Cellular model, your options for making calls or sending messages increase, since, in theory, by having an eSIM you have an internet connection always, at any time and, of course, anywhere (that is if the coverage is good enough).
In other words, broadly speaking and regardless of the iPad model you have, to be able to make and receive calls and send and receive text messages, what you also need is an Internet connection.
Another essential requirement is to have configured on the iPhone the option to allow phone calls on the iPad from the iPhone, because, obviously, to be able to make calls from the iPad, you also need to have an iPhone that channels the calls you make from your device.
About phone calls on iPad
The possibility of making or receiving calls on your iPad is by channeling them through the iPhone, an option that is available since iOS 9. You also have to have the FaceTime application configured and be logged in with the same Apple ID on both devices, that is if , you have to set up the iPhone first, and then the iPad.
Steps to allow phone calls
- On iPhone, go to Settings > Cellular Data
- If your iPhone has dual SIM, select a line (under Mobile Plans)
- Perform any of the following operations. Tap Calling on other devices, turn on Allow on other devices, then select iPad. This allows you to make and receive calls on your iPad if you're signed in with the same Apple ID and as long as your iPhone is nearby and connected to the same Wi-Fi network. Tap Wi-Fi Calling and turn on Wi-Fi Calling for other devices. This lets you make and receive calls on iPad as long as you're signed in with the same Apple ID, even when iPhone isn't nearby.
- On iPad, set up FaceTime and sign in with the same Apple ID you use on iPhone.
- Go to Settings > FaceTime, then turn on FaceTime and Calls from iPhone. If prompted, turn on Wi-Fi Calling.
So you can make a call or receive it
If what you want is make a call you just have to open FaceTime and dial the number. It is also possible to locate the phone you want to call in the Contacts application, also having the opportunity to find a link to a call in Calendar, Messages and even Safari. Also through the search engine (Spotlight) you could find this possibility, as well as with the Siri assistant.
If what you want is receive calls , you will see a notification appear on the screen when there is an incoming call. The way to answer is similar to that of the iPhone and any phone, having the option to accept the call with the green button or reject it with the red one. Once you are on the call, you will find controls similar to those of iOS, being able to pause the call, add more contacts, use a headset as a speaker and microphone and, of course, hang up.
You also have video calls
Obviously, and as long as you have an internet connection, you can use video call applications to call that or those people with whom you want to chat for a while, or simply because you want to tell something important that has happened in your day. The native option for it is FaceTime , being the application that is already installed on iPads and that allows you to contact other Apple users and even those with Android or Windows via the web (from iPadOS 15).
In any case, there are many other video call applications available in the App Store. Some of the most popular will sound safe to you, such as Skype or Zoom. Also within some messaging apps it is possible to find these options, such as Telegram. The case of WhatsApp is already more particular, since today there is no official version of it for Apple tablets.
Text messages on Apple tablets
Of course, another classic function of mobile phones is to send and receive text messages. It is true that with the arrival of messaging apps it seems to be in disuse, but the truth is that it still has great functionality and, as we said before, it is also possible to carry out these actions from the iPad.
iMessage, Apple's messaging app
Although it is integrated into the Messages app, iMessage is an independent Apple service that allows users with an Apple ID to send and receive messages for free , being able to obtain functions added to the classic SMS such as animated effects, Memoji stickers, sending images and videos and even playing games. Of course, for this it must be activated on the iPad by following these steps:
- Open Settings on the iPad.
- Go to Messages.
- Activate the iMessage option.
So simple and so fast. Once you have it active you will be able to synchronize all your iMessage chats through iCloud and enjoy identical conversations on both iPhone and iPad.
Send and receive SMS
The classic SMS messaging feature differs by having the balloons green (as opposed to iMessage's blue). This function doesn't really have much of a mystery, since it works in a similar way to what it does on any mobile and to iMessage itself. In fact, you can even use them to talk to contacts with Apple IDs when you do not have an internet connection, being able to send them as normal messages.