How to use the compact iPhone call interface in iOS 14

A long-requested feature that came with iOS 14 is a new compact iPhone call interface that doesn’t take up the full screen. Here’s how you can use it to make it work.

Up to iOS 14, the iPhone features a full-screen reception for incoming calls. This means that calls you want to keep silent (instead of rejecting) will have to wait for the call to ring before returning to what you are doing.

The new compact iPhone call interface is a banner-style alert at the top of your screen that lets you easily mute calls with a swipe, answer a call and do what you’re doing or expand the full-screen UI for dialing to pad / audio options / mute / etc. . In phone applications or third party applications.

Note: iOS 14 is available as a free public beta as well as developer beta. Read more about how to install them here. Keep in mind that running beta software on a primary device is not a good idea because of performance issues, bugs, and more.

How To Use iPhone Compact Call Interface In iOS 14

  • Compact call interface defaults to iPhone with iOS 14 (iPad too)
  • You can answer or reject any call from the compact alert with the green / red buttons at the top of your screen
    • After answering, you can usually use your phone item without the phone app (tap the green phone icon in the top left corner to go to the phone app or other third party application)
  • Swipe silently without lowering the call
    • If you change your mind, you’ll see the call icon in the upper left corner of your screen
  • Audio or swipe to fullscreen in compact call interface (get audio output options, dial pad, etc.)
  • When your iPhone is locked (screen off), you’ll see full-screen alerts for phone and video calls

Answering calls with compact iPhone call interface

After the compact banner carefully answers the call, it slides automatically after a few moments or you can swipe it away immediately (while your call is running).

Tap the call icon in the top-left corner to go to the phone app.

For audio and video calls, swipe to the right in the full-screen interface, or tap the compact banner:

Silence and reduction of calls with compact iPhone call interface

To reject a call, simply tap the red button. But if you want to be more discreet (do not send the caller to the right in voicemail) you can swipe to the compact call UI.

If you change your mind and want to answer, you will see the gray phone icon move to the top left corner of your iPhone.

You can still click a volume button on your iPhone to mute calls, but the compact call banner will remain on your screen.

If for some reason you don’t want to use the new Compact UI, you can go back to Settings> FaceTime or Settings> “Full Screen” alerts for audio and video calls on the phone.

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