Make & receive phone calls

You can make phone calls from these apps:

  • Phone app phone
  • Contacts app Contacts
  • Other apps or widgets that show your contacts

Wherever you see a phone number, you can usually tap it to dial. You may be able to tap underlined phone numbers in Google Chrome to copy the number to the dialpad.

Note: Some of these steps work only on Android 6.0 and up. Learn how to check your Android version.

Make a phone call

  1. Open your device's Phone app phone.
  2. Pick who to call:
    • To enter a number, tap Dialpad Dialpad.
    • To pick a saved contact, tap Contacts Contacts.
    • To pick from numbers you’ve recently called, tap Recents Recents.
    • To pick from contacts saved to speed dial, tap Speed dial Speed dial.
  3. Tap Call phone.
  4. When you’re done with the call, tap End call end button . If your call is minimized, drag the call bubble to the bottom right of the screen.

With some carriers and devices, you can also make video calls. Learn how to make video calls.

Answer or reject a phone call

When you get a phone call, you’ll see the caller’s number, if it’s available. You may also see contact or caller ID information.

  • To answer the call, swipe the white circle to the top of the screen when your phone is locked, or tap Answer.
  • To reject the call, swipe the white circle to the bottom of the screen when your phone is locked, or tap Dismiss.
  • To reject the call and send a text message to the caller, swipe up from the Message icon New message

If you’ve set up a voice mailbox, rejected callers can leave a message. Answering a call while on another call puts the current call on hold.

Use phone call options

While a call is open:

  • To bring up the keypad, tap Dialpad Dialpad.
  • To switch among the earpiece, speakerphone, or any connected Bluetooth headset, tap Speaker Speaker.
  • To mute or un-mute your microphone, tap Mute Mute.
  • To pause a conversation without hanging up, tap Hold Hold. To pick up the call again, tap Hold again.
  • To switch between current calls, tap Switch Switch. Others are put on hold.
  • To merge current calls into one conference call, tap Call merge Call merge.
  • To minimize the call, tap Home Home.
    • To move the call bubble, drag it.
    • To hide the call bubble, drag it down to "Hide" at the bottom of the screen.

With some carriers and devices, you can also switch to a video call. Tap Video call Video call.