Call Failed On iPhone? 12 Ways To Fix The Issue

Making and receiving calls is a basic yet important function of your iPhone. To the extent that we make or receive hundreds of calls daily. If that’s how important calls are for you, a situation where you get failed incoming or outgoing calls can wreak havoc. But jitter not; if you are in that situation, the below-mentioned fixes might come to your rescue.

How To Fix “Calls Keep Failing on iPhone”?

1. Restart Your Device

Restarting your iPhone is one step that can be a solution to one too many problems, including calls that may repeatedly be failing on your device. To restart your iPhone –

1. Press and hold down the volume up or down key and the side button.
2. Once the Slide to Power Off switch appears, slide the switch to the right-hand side.
3. Wait for 15 seconds and hold the side button until you see the Apple logo.

2. Dial *#31#

If your calls repeatedly fail on your iPhone, one of the first and easiest ways is to dial *#31#. This is one of the iPhone’s hidden codes that helps disable the outgoing anonymity status you might have accidentally set.

3. Check The Contacts You Have Blocked

“My iPhone keeps saying the call failed, and I have tried the above methods.” To begin with, we still have many tricks up our sleeves, one of which might fix your issue. For instance, you can go through your blocked contact list and check if the person to whom your calls are failing is in that blocked list or not. To check your blocked contact list, here are the steps –

  1. Open Settings.


  1. Tap on Phone.


  1. Tap on Blocked Contacts.


4. Check if the person’s contact appears in the blocked contact list.

If it’s there, unblock it and retry making calls to them, or you can text them to call you.

4. Turn Airplane Mode On And Off

Turning the Airplane Mode on and off can help you fix failing calls on your iPhone. For this –

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Tap on Airplane Mode and enable it.airplane-mode
  3. Wait for 30 seconds and then disable it by toggling it off.

Now, you can try making calls.

5. Reset Your iPhone’s Network Settings

If your iPhone keeps saying the call failed every time you try to make a call, you can reset your network settings. This workaround is especially effective in various network-related issues on iPhones, which are not just restricted to the inability to make calls but even the inability to send texts or access the internet. To reset network settings on iPhone –

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Go to General.


  1. Tap on Reset.


  1. Tap on Reset Network Settings and enter your passcode.


6. Remove Your SIM Card And Reinsert It Back Again

Sometimes, there could be problems with your telecom service provider, or it could be that the SIM is not placed correctly. In case of repeated failed outgoing and incoming calls that are happening because of this reason, you can use your SIM ejector tool or pin to eject your SIM card. Please be careful while ejecting your SIM card and ensure you don’t damage the slot or SIM card itself. You may use a soft dry cloth and rub your SIM card before inserting it back in. You may now try making calls again.

7. Update iPhone

Updates on iPhone are very crucial. Through these updates, Apple ensures that new features are released, and bugs are fixed. Needless to say, if your iPhone says the call failed every time, it could be that a bug is interfering with your iPhone’s operations. To update your iPhone –

  1. Go to Settings.
  2. Tap on General.
  3. Tap on Software Update.


  1. If there is an update pending, tap on Download and Install.


8. Reset Settings To Default

It could be that while tweaking some settings, you have meddled with your call settings, because of which you are now unable to make any further calls. To do that –

  1. Go to Settings.
  2. Go to General.
  3. Tap on Reset iPhone.
  4. Tap on Reset.

9. Change The Date and Time

For some weird reason, people who travel from different time zones sometimes get failed calls repeatedly, even on a new iPhone. If that’s the case with you, you can change your date and time –

  1. Connect your phone to the internet, Wi-Fi preferably.
  2. Go to Settings.
  3. Tap on General.
  4. Select Date and Time.


  1. Turn on Set Automatically.


10. Get In Touch With Your Carrier

We have already mentioned carrier issues in the “SIM removal point” above; however, if that and other workarounds don’t seem to work, you can reach out to the support team via various channels – through the service provider’s app, email, toll-free number that doesn’t require any connection, etc. and check why you aren’t able to make or receive calls.

11. Contact Apple Support

The last and final resort is to seek help from Apple support, who would be able to look into any hardware or any other issue because of which calls are failing on your iPhone.

Bonus Tip – Use A Third-Party App To Save Data

This is not exactly a workaround but something that can save you from losing precious data. Let’s say while fixing the issue, you might have to factory reset your iPhone, or there could even be more serious issues, such as the iPhone freezing or the iPhone getting stuck at the restart. As a prudent user, we urge you to keep an app like iMobie PhoneRescue handy. This way, you will even be able to get back accidentally lost data.

You May Ask, Why?

iMobie saves your data in the event your iOS is in a disastrous situation like the ones we just mentioned above. Consider this, you have lost some data from your iOS but have your iPhone and a Windows PC/ laptop. Here is how you can recover data from your iOS device –

1. Download, install and run iMobie PhoneRescue on your Windows system.

2. Once the application launches, click on Recover from iOS Device.


3. Select the type of data you want to recover.


4. You may choose to restore data to your iOS device or computer.

There you have it! You’ve rescued important data back on your chosen device. Isn’t that great?

Wrapping Up

We understand how frustrating calls can be when calls fail immediately and repeatedly on your iPhone. Trust us; we have been there. But one of the above-mentioned methods might be the solution you need to be able to make or receive calls successfully. So, which of the above workarounds worked out for you? Do let us know in the comments section below. For more such how-to guides, app listicles, and other interesting content on tech, keep reading WeTheGeek.

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