One of the big new features in OS X Yosemite, released for free today, is Continuity, a series of technologies that bridge the gap between your Mac, iPhone, and iPad. Examples of Continuity in action include sending and receiving SMS messages via the OS X Messages app, a new “Instant Hotspot” option that automatically connects your Mac to your iPhone’s mobile data connection, and Handoff, which lets you start a task on one Apple device and pick up right where you left off on another.
But one of the most interesting Continuity features is phone calls. With OS X Yosemite and iOS 8, users can make and receive cellular phone calls, routed through their iPhones, on their Macs and iPads. At first, it seems like a great feature — and many Mac users will undoubtedly love it — but it can be a bit disconcerting the first time you hear your iPhone start to ring and, before you have time to react, your Mac starts to ring, too. For some users, it’s simply best to keep phone calls limited to the iPhone.
Luckily, there’s a quick and easy solution. To disable iPhone calling in OS X Yosemite, launch FaceTime on your Mac and, from the Menu Bar, select FaceTime > Preferences. Make sure you’re on the Settings tab and uncheck the box titled “iPhone Cellular Calls.” There’s no need to save or reboot; as soon as you uncheck that box, your Mac will no longer respond to incoming iPhone calls.
Of course, this also means that you can no longer place cellular phone calls from your Mac, something we hope Apple addresses in the future. For example, many users may not want to be interrupted by what is effectively an unexpected speakerphone call on their Mac, but they may want to make calls on their Mac when they’re ready and prepared to do so. A future option that lets users place calls when needed, but ignore unexpected incoming calls could be beneficial to many users.
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