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Hidden iPhone Feature Makes Your Calls Sound 100 Times Better



iPhone users with iOS 7 that want to dramatically improve their call quality can easily do so, just by using a feature that apparently remains out of focus for many iPhone owners on iOS 7.

Unsurprisingly, when my friends encounter a problem with their phone, tablet or laptop, they come to me for help. I’m their nerdy friend that writes about technology so naturally, I am usually the first person they call. I am also apparently the first person they call when the discover something that dramatically improves their experience.


Recently, I had two of my good friends tell me about an iOS 7 feature called FaceTime Audio. FaceTime Audio, they said, improved their call quality. And then one of my friends asked something that at the time, seemed so ridiculous, that I had to laugh: “Why didn’t you tell me about this feature sooner?”

I laughed because this is a feature that was detailed on stage when Apple announced iOS 7. It’s a feature that my co-workers and I started using just hours after installing iOS 7 back in September. It’s also a feature that Gotta Be Mobile included in our 25 Hidden iOS 7 Features from last year.

Evidently, to my friends (and probably many other iPhone users around the world), it’s this big hidden secret that Apple and I were keeping from them.

My friends were right about one thing. FaceTime Audio is hidden away inside iOS. It doesn’t jump out at you and Apple doesn’t supply any signs that lead the way. So while I was initially surprised that my friends, who have been iPhone owners for years, just discovered FaceTime Audio, I quickly understood.

FaceTime Audio is a feature that TechCrunch called the “biggest little feature” inside iOS 7. And in my opinion, that declaration holds up, even now several months after the arrival of iOS 7.

The feature, at its most basic level, is VoIP calling that is built into Apple’s FaceTime service. In other words, it can help cut down on your monthly phone bill when used over Wi-Fi. It also provides free international calling.

What FaceTime Audio also delivers, and this is why my friends got excited, is a call experience that is immensely better than the sound delivered through a basic phone call. One of my friends literally described the experience of talking to me on FaceTime Audio as “surreal.” He could actually hear me and hear me clearly. It was a pretty magical experience when I used the service for the first time, back in September, too.

It’s night and day, black and white. When I can, I always choose to make FaceTime Audio calls over regular ones, especially when connected to Wi-Fi. It’s a much cleaner experience than when it’s used over a cellular network, even 4G LTE.

If this was a secret to my friends, who I think have a finger on the pulse of the tech world, it’s probably a secret to many other people and so I want to show you, very quickly, how to improve your call experience.

To place a FaceTime Audio call, you have two options.

  • When in FaceTime, you can place a FaceTime audio call using your contacts list by tapping the phone icon.
  • When in Contacts, simply tap the FaceTime phone icon to place a FaceTime audio call to the contact you are viewing.

It’s that simple and who knows, you might have the same “surreal” experience that one of my friends did a few weeks ago with FaceTime Audio, a feature that again, has been out since September.



  1. Lagoo

    02/05/2014 at 5:51 pm

    For anyone who cares, I’m one of the “good friends” that had a surreal experience with this. That’s right, I’m super cool like that. Just saying.

    I also bring in $95 per hr on Shoprite! It’s amazing…jk. Don’t click that link.

  2. Everett

    02/06/2014 at 10:58 am

    Great story, thanks for this. It has already save me much money.

  3. Stupid Friends

    02/07/2014 at 6:58 am

    You’re friends are stupid& shouldn’t be allowed phones. And they don’t even read your articles……

    • Matt Baltozer

      10/11/2015 at 10:13 pm

      No. You’re stupid, and you shouldn’t be allowed to spell.

  4. Da

    02/07/2014 at 8:53 am


  5. Paul C

    02/07/2014 at 11:03 am

    Can you call any number?

  6. Mike R. Manzano (@bffmike)

    02/09/2014 at 12:18 pm

    only other iOS devices

  7. anonymous

    02/19/2014 at 3:27 pm

    Good article

  8. lee

    08/09/2014 at 11:07 am

    same issue here,wont charge or turn on,nothing,tried all,problem solved,bought an apple ipad,for longevity and reliabuility ,the nexus 7 is confirmed as crap,never again will i touch inferior crap.

  9. Muhammad Abrar

    10/12/2014 at 1:34 am

    Well I must interupt you on clearity of calls made on Factime Audio
    As our iPhones have 2 mic one on left and other on right, 1 is for Speach input and other is for Noise cancellation
    As all audio communication made through VOIP apps such as FaceTime Audio, Viber etc use only 1 Mic of iPhone
    What you call surreal is actually voice with distortion as voice transmitted through Mic # 1 without noise cancellation
    This is why you can hear fan noise while communications on face time audio.

    • mbaltozer

      10/11/2015 at 10:17 pm

      No. Noise cancellation is at the top. Tiny pinhole. You are referring to the speaker. VOIP is spelled VoIP. Wanna go on with corrections, raghead?

  10. babe

    07/07/2015 at 10:08 pm

    I just discovered this accidentally myself, so had to google it and I found this article. I can NOT believe how clear the call sounds! I was like wow and the first thing i said is “why do you sound so clear???”. I don’t give anything this much hype unless it is 100% deserved. It’s nice to discover a hidden gem like this, especially when everything else basically sucks these days.

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