Have you ever noticed that there are two different ways to answer calls on iPhone?

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Ways to answer calls on iPhone 1

Sometimes you have the option to either answer or ignore calls and sometimes you are only given the option to slide to answer. We thought we would investigate why there are two different ways to answer calls on iPhone and what the difference is between the two option.

At first we tested out if the actual phone made a difference. So we tried calls to an iPhone from another iPhone as well as from other phones and it made no difference. Both times we only had the option to answer the call by sliding.

Ways to answer calls on iPhone 3

Next, we tried making calls to the iPhone from the same network (in our case Vodacom) and from a different network (Cell C) to see if one of the calls would provide us with an option to answer the call as well as ignore it. Again, the network of another phone doesn’t have an effect on the different ways to answer calls on iPhone.

We thought maybe it had something to do with whether you have the number saved to your contacts on your iPhone. So we tried making a call to the iPhone from a number saved to Contacts and another made from a number that was not saved to Contacts. This also had no difference at all and we just had the option to answer both calls using the slider.

Ways to answer calls on iPhone 2

Finally, we decided to unlock the iPhone and make a call to it to see if it makes a difference. And, lo and behold, we finally had the option to either answer the call or ignore it.

Ways to answer calls on iPhone 1

So there you have it. If you receive a call on your iPhone while the screen is locked you will only be presented with the option to answer the call using the slider. But, if you receive a call while your iPhone is unlocked you will have the option either to answer or ignore the call.

You can of course also ignore an incoming call while your iPhone is locked. You have two options:

  1. Press the sleep/wake button (located on the right-hand side) ONCE to silence a call;
  2. Press the sleep/wake button TWICE to reject the call/send it to voicemail.