This Is Why Your iPhone Can “Accept” Or “Decline” Some Calls, But Only “Slide To Answer” Others

For all those who, like me, have wondered about this endlessly but never actually looked it up. H/t Business Insider

1. Have you ever wondered why your iPhone sometimes receives calls like this…

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2. …and sometimes like this.

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3. Ever wanted to decline a call and been driven to madness by the seemingly arbitrary lack of such an option?


4. Ever wondered WHYYY you can only “decline” certain calls but have to “slide to answer” others? WHY, iPHONE. WHY. WHY ARE YOU SO TEMPERAMENTAL, YOU INFERNAL DEVICE?


5. So here’s the deal; pay close attention.

6. It doesn’t matter if you’re receiving a call from an iPhone or Android user. It doesn’t matter what time it is. It doesn’t matter if the contact is saved or not. It’s actually one remarkably simple thing.


7. If your iPhone is locked when you’re getting a call, you’ll get the slider.

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8. But if your phone is unlocked then you get the option to accept or decline the call.

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9. Yep. That’s it. Armed with this knowledge, go forth and live a slightly less baffling life. You’re welcome!


10. H/t Business Insider.

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