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With the iPhone, it's easy to set up 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. Let's say a call comes in from Scott. I'll answer it. It's my coworker Scott wanting to discuss a project we're working on. I think we should get input from another one of our co-workers 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 also have access to My Favorites, My Recent Calls and the keypad in case I want to use any of those methods to place the second call.
I'll call from my favorites. Now up until this point, the person I was originally talking to can still hear me unless I tapped the Mute button. But once I dial the second number, the first person is put on hold so I can hear the second person's phone ringing. Okay, so now Greg is on the line. Notice at the top of the screen I can see that Scott is on hold. If necessary, I can tap Scott to talk privately to him, which puts Greg on hold. And then I can tap Greg again, to put Scott back on hold. To bring all three of us into a conversation together, I can tap merge calls. And now we can all hear each other.
And, 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. 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 ten 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 Info button. This is where you can tap the red end button to hang up on any individual caller without hanging up on the others. Or if you need to talk 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. You can merge the calls together again to let everyone hear everyone else once more. And when you're done talking to everyone, just 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 these two parties. Here's how that works. All right, so I see a call from Scott is coming in. I'll answer it. So let's say I'm having a conversation with Scott and then I see Greg call in. Now, I have three options here. I can tap, Decline Incoming Call, which sends Greg directly to my voicemail.
And I can continue with my call with Scott uninterrupted. Or if my current call with Scott is not as important as talking to Greg, I'd tap the top answer button to hang up and Scott, and talk to Greg. So the top and bottom buttons both result in me talking to only one person. By tapping Answer, Hold Current Call will place Scott on hold while I talk to Greg. So, this looks exactly as it did when I initiated a conference call. I can tap between Scott and Greg to talk to them individually or I can tap Merge Calls to create a conference call between the three of us. And that's how you manage multiple calls, and conference calls, on your iPhone.
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