How to Stop iPad from Ringing When You Get a Phone Call on Your iPhone


By default, if you have an Apple iPhone and iPad that are connected to the same Apple ID, your iPad will also ring whenever you get a phone call on your iPhone and your iPad is nearby. While this will be a convenience for most people, not everyone will be a fan — especially if your iPad is used by multiple people. Thankfully, if you don’t like the feature, you can easily turn it off.

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Steps to Stop iPad from Ringing When You Get a Phone Call on Your iPhone

  1. Open the Settings app. You’ll land on the Settings menu.
  2. Scroll down this screen until you see Phone, and then tap “Phone.” The Phone screen is displayed.
  3. Navigate to the Calls section, and then tap “Calls on Other Devices.” You’ll land on the Calls on Other Devices screen. You can see the list of other Apple devices that will ring whenever your iPhone is near them in the Allow Calls On section.

  1. If you don’t want any of your other Apple devices to ring when you get a call on your iPhone, tap to toggle off “Allow Calls on Other Devices.” Alternatively, if you want some but not all of your other Apple devices to ring when you get a call on your iPhone, you can tap to toggle off those individual devices. Your changes will take effect immediately.

Reasons to Stop iPad from Ringing When You Get a Phone Call on iPhone

1. Distraction Reduction

The jarring sound of multiple devices ringing simultaneously can be quite distracting. This is especially true in quiet environments where focus is paramount, like offices or libraries. For those working or studying, such distractions can lead to a significant drop in productivity. Even at home, an unexpected barrage of sound can disrupt peace and tranquility. In such instances, disabling the iPad’s ringing becomes a useful choice.

2. Battery Life Conservation

Every time your iPad rings, it uses battery power. Notifications, even audio ones, require processing power and screen illumination. Over time, frequent call alerts can deplete your battery faster than anticipated. This might leave you with a drained device when you need it most, like during a long commute or a power outage. Thus, stopping the iPad from ringing can be a proactive strategy to extend battery life.

3. Privacy Protection

Respecting privacy is vital in today’s interconnected world. When both your iPhone and iPad ring simultaneously, it can draw attention to your personal communications. This could be uncomfortable in a public setting or even in some private spaces, like shared homes or apartments. To maintain discretion around incoming calls, it makes sense to prevent the iPad from ringing when your iPhone does.

4. Professional Environment Respect

Professional settings demand a certain level of decorum. Interruptions due to personal calls can disrupt the flow of meetings or presentations. If you use your iPad for such purposes, it’s essential to prevent it from ringing in such settings. Stopping your iPad from announcing your incoming calls respects the professional environment and keeps your work interactions smooth and uninterrupted.

5. Sleep Disturbance Prevention

Good sleep is a cornerstone of health and well-being. Many people use their iPads for reading before bed or as digital clocks. If your iPad rings with every incoming call on your iPhone, it could wake you, disrupting your sleep pattern. Therefore, disabling the ringing can ensure a peaceful, uninterrupted night’s sleep, promoting better health and well-being.

6. Specialized iPad Usage

iPads are versatile devices, used for myriad purposes. If your iPad is designated for a specific use, like a child’s educational tool or a media player, call notifications can be disruptive. Imagine a climactic movie moment ruined by a ringing iPad. To ensure the iPad serves its designated purpose without interruptions, it’s best to stop it from ringing with your iPhone.

7. Separating Work and Personal Life

The boundaries between personal life and work can blur easily, especially with work-from-home norms. Using an iPhone for personal calls and an iPad for work-related tasks is a common practice. Keeping these devices’ notifications separate allows for a clear work-life distinction, fostering balance and reducing stress.

8. Avoiding Duplicate Notifications

Hearing the same notification twice can be irritating, to say the least. It also doesn’t offer any added advantage – after all, if you hear one device, you’re already aware of the call. To prevent this kind of redundant annoyance, many choose to disable the ringing on their iPad, ensuring a more pleasant user experience.

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