Of course, nowadays, there are many options to communicate with people, for example, video calls, and it may seem that conference calls are in the past. However, participants of video calls may face some issues with frequent disconnections, problems with audio compression, and also some bugs. In this case, it’d be more convenient to use conference calls using your mobile data/balance, as you don’t need to download third-party apps and the connection wouldn’t depend on the Internet. However, due to the fact that nowadays there are many opportunities for group communications, people have forgotten how to organize conference calls. If you’ve faced this issue, keep on reading.
What do you need to make a conference call on iPhone
The conference call component is an element of the iPhone Phone app, although the number of people you can have in a conference call varies by the cellular carrier. In the United States, it’s allowed to have up to five callers (including you) on AT&T and T-Mobile, six callers may be connected if you use Verizon HD Voice on an iPhone 6 or 6 Plus or newer, and up to three callers may be connected via on Sprint.
So, if you want to organize a conference call on your iPhone, you should follow the steps which would be mentioned in the section below:
- First of all, you should open the Phone app and call the first person you want to be present on the conference call.
- When the person has answered, you should click on add call. After that, you’ll see the contacts list displayed.
- Then, you should click on the person you want to add to your conference call in the Contact list. You can also use the keypad to dial the next number.
- After the second person has answered, you should click on merge calls to initiate the conference call.
- To finish the process, you can repeat steps 3 through 5 until all the desired participants would be added.
If you’re already on the conference call and someone calls you, you should tap on Hold & Accept.
When you’ve answered that call, you should click on merge calls to add the new caller to the conference.
How to communicate privately and disconnect particular participants while e an iPhone conference call
When you use your iPhone for a conference call, it’s possible to speak to one participant privately or disjoin people from the call individually.
Only the person who starts the conference call would be able to view all the participants.
If you want to communicate privately with the particular person and be sure that no one would hear you, you should click on the i icon next to the participants’ names on iOS 7 and later, or on the arrow next to Conference on iOS 6 and earlier at the top of the screen.
On the Conference screen, you should click on Private which is located below the name of the person you want to speak to privately.
From the Conference screen, it’s also possible to disjoin particular callers from the conference call without finishing the whole call. If you want to disjoin individual callers, you should follow the steps which would be mentioned in the section below:
- If you have iOS 7 and later, you should click on End below the name of the person you want to remove from the conference call.
- If you have iOS 6 and earlier, you should click on the red phone icon beside the name of the person you want to be removed from the conference call, and then you should click on End.
How to initiate a conference call on Android
Android phones can take up to five participants in a single conference call. So, if you want to initiate a conference call on Android, you should follow the steps which would be mentioned in the section below:
- First of all, you should open your phone app.
- After that, you should click on a contact or dial a number to start your first call.
- When the participant will answer, you should click on Add call. The Add call button will be displayed until the participant accepts the call.
- Then, you should click on a contact or dial a number to start your second call.
- After all the participants have accepted the call, you should click on Merge to finish the process.
If you want to add more participants to the call, it can be done by reprising steps three, four, and five for each new caller, up to a maximum of five.