iOS 9.2 beta 2 now offers AT&T Wi-Fi Calling on Macs
On October 8, AT&T officially launched its Wi-Fi Calling feature for iOS users, and now with the latest beta release it’s expanding beyond iOS.
With the release of iOS 9.2 beta 2, which was released yesterday, Apple has included support for AT&T’s NumberSync technology. With NumberSync, Apple’s own Continuity feature gets expanded in a big way. With Apple’s technology, an owner’s iPad, Mac, or iPod touch can be used to answer a call received on their iPhone as long as that other device is connected to the same Wi-Fi network. However, with NumberSync that ability extends beyond the same Wi-Fi network.
It’s worth noting that to get this to work, you’ll need to be on iOS 9.2 beta 2 — the first beta doesn’t have NumberSync support, and iOS 9.1 doesn’t, either. So, if you’re running the second beta for iOS 9.2, which actually just released in a public beta as well, you can take advantage of this new feature.
Here’s a quick setup process, by way of 9to5Mac:
1) Settings –> Phone –> Wi-Fi Calling –> Add Wi-Fi Calling For Other Devices
Once that’s done, and you’ve gone through the on-screen instructions, you’ll see that the service has been activated. If you’re in front of your Mac (which you should be), you’ll see a pop-up from FaceTime that says the feature is now available. Click on that banner or open up FaceTime directly and you’ll see a prompt that asks you if you want to turn on Wi-Fi Calling for your Mac. Once that’s done, you’ll get a code you’ll need to enter on your iPhone.
That’s it. You’ll be able to make and receive calls from your Mac by way of your iPhone even if you’re not on the same Wi-Fi network, which should make it even more convenient than it already is.
Have you tried out Wi-Fi Calling yet?