How to Add & Merge Calls on the iPhone to Create a Conference Call

Posted in How To, iPhone on 17/07/2013 by Chris Hauk


Ever need to talk on the phone to more than one party at a time, and all you have handy is your iPhone? Fear not, you can easily create a conference call with your iPhone, here’s how.


  1. While on a phone call with the initial call participant, tap the ” + Add Call” button, then use your contacts list to find the number for the additional party you wish to include on the call. (Or you can simply dial the number of the new participant.)
  2. The original caller will be placed on hold while the second number is called. Once you are connected to the second party, tap the “Merge Calls” button. This will add the new party to the initial phone conversation.
  3. Repeat the above steps to add additional parties to the conference call.
  4. If you’re already on a call and another party calls you, tap the “Hold and Answer” button that will pop up on the screen and then tap the “Merge Calls” button to add the new caller to the conference call.

It seems like it should be more difficult to do, doesn’t it?

Note: On a GSM network, like AT&T, up to 5 callers can be merged into a conference call. CDMA networks like Sprint or Verizon only allow two callers in a conference call. For more information, visit the Apple Knowledge Base.

Thanks to OS X Daily for the original how to for this subject.

For more helpful tips for your Apple devices, check out our full collection of tutorials by visiting our How-To category!


Chris Hauk

MacTrast Senior Editor, and self-described "magnificent bastard," Chris Hauk owns Phoenix Rising Services and writes for everyone's favorite "bad movie" website, Big Bad Drive-In.

His first Apple product was an iPod Classic 9 years ago, and he has since added a MacBook Pro, a number of iPads, iPhones, and multiple Apple TVs to his collection.

He lives somewhere in the deep Southern part of America. Yes, he has to pump in both sunshine and the Internet.