It will never fail. Just when your hands are full, or when you are washing dishes and covered with soap, or when you are working outside and you are muddy, the phone will ring. The last thing you want to do is dirty the screen or AirPods to answer the call. The good news: In iOS 14.5, you can now Answer Calls With Your Voice while using AirPods or certain Beats headsets, by just saying “answer” when the ringing rings.
To unlock this feature, you first need to set up the “Talk to Siri” feature on your iPhone, which of course means if you have not installed iOS 14.5. Go to “Settings”> “Siri & Search” and make sure “Allow Siri when locked” is enabled. Then tap “Notify incoming call”. You can choose one of the following three options:
- AirPods Max
- AirPods (2nd generation)
- AirPods Pro
- Powerbeats Pro
- Beats Solo Pro
And, yes, your iPhone will even tell you who the caller is when your ringtone rings.
Unfortunately, this little hack cannot be used on your iPhone or iPad alone. Tried yelling “answer” at my iPhone but to no avail, you must wear headphones. However, pairing with the similarly named “Notification Messages” feature is great technology. Siri will read the messages you receive from various apps (not just the default iOS messaging app) and allow you to reply back without having to say “Hey Siri” to begin with.
If you do not want the iPhone to Answer Calls With Your Voice without performing any operations, you can activate the accessibility functions that can achieve this function by visiting “Settings”> “Accessibility”> “Touch”> “Call audio routing”. From there, enable “Auto Answer Calls” and your iPhone or iPad will answer everything automatically, provided you understand the productivity risks and consider how many robocalls you can receive in a day.