How to Turn On Full Screen Call Alerts for iPhone


By default in iOS 14 and newer, whenever you receive a phone call while your iPhone is unlocked you’ll just be notified through a banner at the top of the screen. This is a change from older versions of the iPhone operating system, where no matter what app you had open incoming calls would always appear via a full screen alert when your phone was unlocked. If you want to revert back to getting a full screen alert for phone calls whenever your iPhone is unlocked you can do that with a few quick taps. Examples of all instructions in the steps can be seen in the YouTube video below.

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Steps to Turn On Full Screen Call Alerts for iPhone

  1. Tap the “Settings” app on your iPhone home screen to open the Settings menu.
  2. Scroll down and then tap “Phone” in this menu.
  3. Tap “Incoming Calls.”
  4. Tap “Full Screen” to place a check mark next to that option. Going forward when you receive phone calls while your iPhone is unlocked, you’ll receive a full screen call notification rather than a banner.

Reasons to Consider Turning on Full Screen Call Alerts on Your iPhone

1. Increased Visibility

Full-screen call alerts boost the visibility of incoming calls. They take over the entire screen, making it easier for users to quickly identify the caller and respond. No more missed calls due to small notification banners or accidental taps.

2. Better Call Experience

Full-screen call alerts offer an immersive call experience. They display larger images of the caller, along with their name and relevant information. The user can personalize the call screen with a custom background or ringtone. It adds a touch of individuality to the call experience.

3. Customization Options

Full-screen call alerts provide more customization options. Users can change the background image or choose a custom ringtone. They can create a call screen that reflects their personal style and preferences.

4. Improved Accessibility

Full-screen call alerts improve accessibility for visually or hearing impaired individuals. They provide a larger, more accessible interface for managing incoming calls. Quick response options and clear identification of the caller make it easier for these individuals to answer calls.

5. Better Call Management

Full-screen call alerts simplify the process of managing incoming calls. The user can easily answer, decline, or send a message without leaving the current app. It streamlines the call management process and saves time. No more fumbling with a small, cluttered call screen.

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