How to Stop Forwarding Calls to Your iPad: A Step-by-Step Guide

Have you ever found yourself in a situation where calls meant for your iPhone end up ringing on your iPad instead? It can be quite a surprise, especially if you’re not expecting it. But don’t worry, stopping calls from forwarding to your iPad is a simple process that you can complete in just a few steps.

How to Stop Forwarding Calls to Your iPad Tutorial

Before we dive into the steps, let’s talk about what we’re trying to achieve here. By the end of this tutorial, you’ll have successfully stopped all calls from being forwarded to your iPad, ensuring that your iPhone is the only device that rings when someone tries to reach you.

Step 1: Open Settings on Your iPhone

Open the Settings app on your iPhone, which is the app with the gear icon.

The Settings app is like the control center for your iPhone. It’s where you can change all sorts of preferences and settings for how your iPhone works.

Step 2: Tap on ‘Phone’

Scroll down and tap on the option labeled ‘Phone’.

The ‘Phone’ section in the Settings app is where you can manage all call-related settings, like call forwarding and voicemail.

Step 3: Tap on ‘Calls on Other Devices’

Look for the option labeled ‘Calls on Other Devices’ and tap on it.

This section allows you to control which devices can receive phone calls that are made to your iPhone.

Step 4: Toggle Off Your iPad

Find your iPad in the list of devices and toggle the switch to the ‘off’ position.

By toggling off your iPad, you’re telling your iPhone not to forward calls to it anymore. It’s like saying, “Hey, iPad, take a break from being a phone for a while.”

After you complete these steps, calls will no longer forward to your iPad. Your iPhone will be the only device that rings, and your iPad can go back to being the awesome tablet it is, without the added responsibility of handling your phone calls.

Tips for Stopping Call Forwarding to Your iPad

  • Make sure both your iPhone and iPad are running the latest iOS version to avoid any compatibility issues.
  • If you have more than one iPad, repeat the process for each device to ensure calls don’t forward to any of them.
  • Consider turning off ‘Calls on Other Devices’ completely if you never want your calls to ring on devices other than your iPhone.
  • Remember that changing this setting won’t affect text messages, which may still appear on your iPad if you have iMessage enabled.
  • If you change your mind, you can always go back and toggle the switch on to start receiving calls on your iPad again.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why are my calls going to my iPad?

Calls go to your iPad because of a feature called ‘Calls on Other Devices’ that is enabled on your iPhone, which shares calls between your devices using the same Apple ID.

Can I still make calls from my iPad if I turn this feature off?

Yes, you can still make calls from your iPad using FaceTime or third-party apps like Skype, even if you turn off call forwarding.

Will turning off call forwarding affect my Apple Watch?

No, your Apple Watch has its own settings for call forwarding, so changing the settings on your iPhone won’t affect it.

Can I choose which calls get forwarded to my iPad?

Unfortunately, no. The setting is all or nothing, so you can’t pick and choose which calls go to your iPad.

What about text messages? Will they still go to my iPad?

Yes, text messages will still go to your iPad if you have iMessage enabled. This setting only affects phone calls.


  1. Open the Settings app on your iPhone.
  2. Tap on ‘Phone’.
  3. Tap on ‘Calls on Other Devices’.
  4. Toggle off your iPad.


Now that you’ve followed the steps to stop forwarding calls to your iPad, you can enjoy a bit more peace and quiet on your tablet. No more unexpected ringing when you’re in the middle of something important—or worse, trying to relax and unwind. Your iPad is once again your dedicated device for entertainment, productivity, and everything in between.

But remember, technology is meant to work for us, not the other way around. If you ever find that you miss having your calls on your iPad, it’s just a quick toggle away to bring that feature back. Stay in control of your devices, and they’ll serve you well.

If you’re ever unsure about a setting or need more help, don’t hesitate to reach out to Apple Support or visit your local Apple Store. With their guidance and the steps you’ve learned today, you’ll be a master of your Apple ecosystem in no time. After all, it’s all about making your tech life easier, right? So go ahead, take charge, and keep those calls where you want them—on your iPhone.

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