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With the iPhone, it's easy to setup a call with multiple people, otherwise known as a Conference Call. In fact, you can host a call between up to six people, including yourself on your iPhone. Let's take a look at how this works. So a call has come in, I'll answer it, and it's my coworker Scott wanting to discuss a project we're working on. I think we should get an input from another one of our coworkers while we're talking. All I do is tap Add Call. This takes me to my Contacts where I can look up the person I want to add to this call. I have access to my Favorites, Recent Calls and the Keypad if I want to use any of those methods to place a second call.
I'll go to my Favorites and place a Call. Now up until this point, the person I was originally talking to can still hear me, unless I tap the Hold button. But once I dial the second number, Scott has put on Hold so I can hear the second person's phone ringing. Okay. So now Josh is on the line. Notice that at the top of the screen, I can see that Scott is still on hold. If necessary, I can tap Scott to talk privately to him, which puts Josh on Hold, and I can tap Josh again, and put Scott back on Hold. To bring all three of us together into a conversation, I tap Merge Calls, and now we can all hear each other.
As I mentioned earlier, I can repeat this process up to three more times to add a total of five people to this call if need be. I'll just tap Add Call again and call up another contact. After Francis answers, I tap Merge Calls to merge her into the Conference Call. Just be aware that each separate call is counted as separate minutes against your calling plan. So if you're talking to five people for 10 minutes, you're eating up 50 minutes of your plan's talk time. You can see everyone on your call at any time by tapping the arrow button.
This is where you can tap the red button to hang up on any individual caller without hanging up on the others, or if you need to talk to one of these people independently, you can tap Private, which places all the other callers on Hold, although they'll still be able to talk to each other while you're having your private side conversation. Merge the calls together again to let everyone hear everyone else once more. When you're done talking to everyone, tap End to hang up on everyone at once. Now there may be times when you're on a call during which time you receive another call, and maybe you don't want to create a Conference Call at all between the two parties.
Here's how that works. So, here's a call from Scott which I'll answer, and we're having a conversation. Now I see that a call from Josh has come in. Now if I tap Ignore, I'll ignore Josh's calls and send him to the voicemail. If I tap End call and Answer, I'll end my call with Scott and talk to Josh. I want to tap Hold Call and Answer. That allows me to place Scott on Hold while I talk to Josh. So this looks exactly like it did when I initiated a Conference Call. I can tap between Scott and Josh to talk to them individually or I can tap Merge Calls to create a Conference Call between the three of us.
That's how you manage Multiple Callers and Conference Calls on your iPhone.
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