My iPhone Is Dropping Calls! Here’s The Real Fix.

Your iPhone keeps dropping calls and you don’t know why. Your iPhone has service, but it can’t seem to stay connected while you’re calling someone. In this article, I’ll explain why your iPhone is dropping calls and show you how to fix the problem for good!

Turn Your iPhone Off And Back On

If your iPhone has only dropped a few calls, there may just be a minor technical glitch that could be fixed by restarting your iPhone. Press and hold the power button until the “slide to power off” slider appears on your iPhone’s display. Swipe the small power icon from left to right to turn off your iPhone. Wait 30–60 seconds, then press and hold the power button to turn your iPhone back on.

If you have an iPhone with Face ID, press and hold the Side button and either volume button to get to the “slide to power off” slider. Swipe the red and white power icon from left to right to shut down your iPhone. Wait 30–60 seconds, then press and hold the Side button again until the Apple logo appears on the center of the screen.

restart your iphone

Check For A Carrier Settings Update

Sometimes when your iPhone is experiencing cellular or Phone app issues, there’s a carrier settings update available for installation. Carrier settings updates are released by your wireless carrier or Apple that enhance your iPhone’s ability to connect to your carrier’s cellular network.

To check for a carrier settings update on your iPhone, open up the Settings app and tap General -> About. Wait on this menu for about 15 seconds for a pop-up that says “Carrier Settings Update”. If an update is available, tap Update.

update carrier settings on iphone

If this pop-up doesn’t appear after about 15 seconds, there probably isn’t a carrier settings update available. If a carrier settings update isn’t available, that’s okay! There are still a few steps we can try before you’ll have to contact your wireless carrier.

Update The Software On Your iPhone

It’s possible your iPhone is dropping calls because its running an outdated version of iOS, the software of your iPhone. Some iOS updates include modem updates, which have the potential to fix the problem when your iPhone drops calls.

Open Settings and tap General -> Software Update to check for an iOS update. If an update is available, tap Download and Install.

Note: The version of iOS in the screenshot below may be different than the version of iOS ready to download and install on your iPhone.

install ios 15 on your iphone

The update process can take quite awhile, so make sure your iPhone has plenty of battery life. Check out our article if you have any issues updating your iPhone.

Eject And Reinsert Your iPhone SIM Card

Your SIM card is the piece of technology that connects your iPhone to your carrier’s cellular network and stores your iPhone’s phone number. Issues related to connecting to your carrier’s cellular network can sometimes be fixed by ejecting and reinserting the SIM card.

Check out the first page of our “iPhone says No SIM card” article to learn how to eject the SIM card on your iPhone. The SIM card tray are your iPhone is incredibly small, so we highly recommend reading our guide if you’ve never ejected a SIM card before!

Reset Network Settings

If your iPhone is still dropping calls, try reseting its network settings. When you reset network settings, all of your iPhone’s Cellular, Wi-Fi, APN, and Virtual Private Network settings will be restored to factory defaults. This step can potentially fix a deeper cellular issue causing your iPhone to drop calls.

Note: Make sure you write down all of your Wi-Fi passwords before reseting the network settings. You’ll have to enter them again after the reset is complete.

To reset network settings on your iPhone, open the Settings app and tap General -> Transfer or Reset iPhone -> Reset -> Reset Network Settings. You’ll be asked to enter your iPhone passcode, then confirm your decision by tapping Reset Network Settings. Once the reset is complete, your iPhone will restart.

Still Dropping Calls? Try Wi-Fi Calling!

If your iPhone is dropping calls, you may be able to temporarily work around the problem by using Wi-Fi calling. When Wi-Fi calling is turned on, your iPhone will be able to make phone calls using your Wi-Fi connection instead of your cellular connection.

To turn on Wi-Fi calling, open the Settings app on your iPhone and tap Cellular -> Wi-Fi Calling. Then turn on the switch next to Wi-Fi Calling on This iPhone. You can also turn on Wi-Fi calling by going to Settings -> Phone -> Wi-Fi Calling.

turn on wifi calling on iphone

Unfortunately, Wi-Fi calling isn’t supported by every wireless carrier, so you may not have this feature on your iPhone. Check out our article to learn more about Wi-Fi calling.

Contact Your Wireless Carrier

If you’ve worked through the steps above, but your iPhone keeps dropping calls, it’s probably time to contact to wireless carrier. A customer service rep will be able to help you address specific issues with your wireless carrier.

Call the phone number below to get in touch with the support staff of your wireless carrier:

  • AT&T: 1-(800)-331-0500
  • T-Mobile: 1-(877)-453-1304
  • Verizon: 1-(800)-922-0204

If your iPhone has been dropping calls for awhile now, it may be time to switch wireless carriers. It’s possible your carrier doesn’t have great coverage where you live, and your call quality could improve by making a switch. Check out UpPhone’s wireless coverage maps to see which carriers have the best coverage in your area, then use the cell phone plan comparison tool to find a great new plan.

Repairing Your iPhone

There’s a chance your iPhone is dropping calls because of a hardware problem. Set up an appointment and take your iPhone into your local Apple Store. If your iPhone is covered by AppleCare, you might be able to get it repaired free of charge.

Pick Up Those Calls!

Your iPhone is back to making calls without dropping them! I hope you’ll share this article on social media to help out your family and friends when their iPhone is dropping calls. If you have any other questions about your iPhone, feel free to leave them in the comments section below.

About Author

David Lynch is an expert on cell phones, cell phone plans, and other tech. After using a flip phone into his early 20s, he learned the ropes about iPhones and Androids from a former Apple employee. Today, his articles and videos are read and viewed by millions, and he has been cited by major publications including Reader's Digest, Wired, CMSWire, Consumers Advocate, and more.

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Deborah Spencer
10 months ago

hi i found a fix on youtube
go to settings>siri and search>call hang up>off
make sure it’s off
this fixed my problem.

10 months ago

Has anyone had their issue fixed ?

Deborah Spencer
10 months ago
Reply to  Caz

go to settings, Siri and search, call gang up,turn off

10 months ago

Did anyone manage tp
get a fix for their phones? My iPhone SE is doing the same, the loud speaker clicks on then cuts the call, so frustrating

9 months ago
Reply to  Caz

It’s a real problem. Mine does the same. I can use the phone with Airpods or s headset, but other calls cut off after attempting to go on speaker. Apple diagnosed it as a hardware problem but they want $300 for a fix since I’m off warranty.

2 years ago

Hello David. Thank you for your impactful article. I didn’t do anything you suggested but by merely reading this article, my iPhone was miraculously fixed! Please everyone share with family and friends. You know what they say: every day, once a day, give yourself a present.

10 months ago
Reply to  BlueRoses545

Could you fix mine too with your magical powers please

10 months ago
Reply to  Caz


2 years ago

I have an iPhone 6 and its all slow and even dropping calls.

2 years ago

Thanks for the help, all good now!

Paula esposito
2 years ago

I have an iPhone 8 and from time to time I hear a blaring noise and then I get disconnected from my call. I brought phone to Apple and Verizon and they can’t figure out the problem. Totally frustrated.

Snoopy Risk
3 years ago

Thanks so much I do appreciate your efforts and time in assisting us here… This was very helpful

3 years ago

Thank you ! I appreciate your openness to help others!

3 years ago

Device has multiple drop calls

4 years ago

I had the identic same issue and performed every imaginable fix. The problem is the new iphone software only works on 5Ghz, therefore the fix is to disable 2.4Ghz on the WiFi router. Very simple to do. (For AT&T customers.) Go to your router’s address, like http://routerip/cgi-bin/home.ha and login with your credentials; go to Broadband; then under that go to wifi; you may need your router access code printed on the router; then advanced options; click disable on the 2.4Ghz; scroll to the bottom and click save. That‘s it.
Hope this helps.

Kenneth Howard
2 years ago
Reply to  Donah

The only bad thing about this suggestion is my smart home only works on 2.4 Ghz.

4 years ago

I had an iPhone 10max which kept dropping calls or the person on the other end could not hear me. I just got an iPhone 11 Pro Max and the same thing is happening. I have Sprint as a provider and the sim card was installed at the apple store where I bought my phone. So frustrating and would really appreciate any help that you can offer.

2 years ago
Reply to  Gillian

LOL, its your carrier……. Change THEM!

5 years ago

thank you, David

6 years ago

I found a simple way to fix the “drop calls” problem. After hours of help from many sources I just removed and inserted the SIM card. Not a problem since then. My phone is four months old and it’s a Sony Xperia XA1.