How to Set iPhone Speakerphone as Default for Incoming Calls


In certain scenarios, it’s better to use the iPhone’s speaker to answer a call. I’m thinking of scenarios like a businessmanperson answering calls all day and not wanting to hold the device to his/her ear but to use the speaker instead — especially if said worker bee was in their own office (via OSX Daily).

Or you may have a technical issue with your iPhone’s earpiece, so you either need to use the earbuds you got in the package or a Bluetooth headset, or you can just use the device’s speaker.

The default setting of the device plays the voice call through the earpiece, so you need to tap the speaker button to activate it. However, you can reverse that and route all calls to your iPhone’s speaker by default. Here is how you can do it in three easy steps:

1. First, launch the Settings app, tap “General,” and search for “Accessibility.”


2. Tap on it and locate the “Call Audio Routing” tab in the “Interaction” field.

3. Change the default setting of “Automatic” to “Speaker.”

Call audio routing
That’s it.

From that moment on, the answered incoming calls will be routed to your iPhone’s speaker. This setting applies to FaceTime audio calls as well. Enjoy!


  • andrewe

    Just verified that this works for businesswomen too. Amazing, eh?

  • MikeJenkinson

    That’s a terrific tip. I much prefer to use speakerphone. Thanks!

  • Al

    The term “man” can also be used as gender-neutral. So, if you say businessman it applies to both sexes. “Man” means “human” and vise versa (“mankind” is the same as “humanity”). It all applies to everyone. Most people aren’t aware of this or, if they are, they just prefer to yell from the top of the pc or feminist bandwagon for the hell of it.

  • FragilityG4

    Much like the word “guys” as in “Hey guys, Big Gulps huh?”

  • Nilay

    I am already using it with my Pebble Steel so I can answer call by just click on Pebble. Very useful.

  • Great idea.

  • andrewe

    noun -?man, -m?n
    — a man who works in business especially in a high position
    — a man who is good at dealing with business and financial matters

    Hurl the label “feminist” at me and I will pick it up and wear it as a badge of honour.

  • andrewe

    Thank you for issuing the correction, István.

  • Al

    If you want to go that route, maybe you should dig deeper instead if just trying to find that first thing that “appears” to support your statement…
    The Oxford dictionary clarifies “man” under their second definition…
    – A human being of either sex; a person.
    – Human beings in general; the human race.
    – Traditionally, the word man has been used to refer not only to adult males but also to human beings in general, regardless of sex.

    As for wearing a “feminist” badge… Do you truly understand what it means? Even many feminists don’t like to be associated with the term feminist. What it is supposed to represent, through it’s 3 different waves (arguably 4 if you count “post-feminist”) has been under debate since it’s inception, and continues to present many undesirable issues for the “movement”. The negative impact brought on by the premature declaration to force pc terms for stature (ex; “postman”) appears (to me) to be giving way to previous terms. Further to that, aside from just the military, there are instances where “some” women wish to be addressed as “sir”, as they simply just despise being called “ma’am” and don’t like the connotation of “miss”. Soooo… kind of odd stuff to get hung up on.

  • andrewe

    I questioned the use of “businessman” —not “man”— but please continue.

  • Al

    Like I said… dig deeper. Go to the Oxford dictionary and find “businessman”. It clarifies the “man” portion of the word.

  • u_wot_m8

    what a bore

  • ????Dennis

    Can someone get me the definition of a “carpet muncher” ? ????

  • Urban dictionary is your friend

  • Léon

    These are the thermites that don’t munch on wood but on carpets instead

  • ????Dennis

    Good one!