# bash/terminal - change what settings in order to make a phone call

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#### arduinolego611

Joined Jan 23, 2022
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So I am taking some time to learn bash commands in terminal on a Mac, using Mac OS Big Sur. I am trying to make a phone call from the terminal. I know I could do this from the FaceTime or messages app, but I am doing this in the interest of learning commands in the terminal.

here's my code:
Code:
open "tel://+1800phonenumber"
when I hit enter, the phone call icon comes up in the corner of my screen and asks me to press "call" to complete the call, or "cancel". when I hit call, it says "1800phonenumber" unavailable. (obviously not the real number)

So I looked it up online and tried a few things in my settings - I enabled wifi calling on my phone. It seems like my face time account and iCloud accounts are signed in under the same name. I made sure my phone and laptop were on the same network.

all of this and I still cant seem to make a connection for the actual phone call. what should I do?

#### Ya’akov

Joined Jan 27, 2019
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Welcome to AAC.

This works for me with no issues. Have you tried an alternate phone number?

#### Ya’akov

Joined Jan 27, 2019
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Also, have you tried using FaceTime to place the call, do you get the same result?

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#### arduinolego611

Joined Jan 23, 2022
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Also, have you tried using FaceTime to place the call, do you get the same result?
I have tried several numbers, including my own.

When I call via the FaceTime app the call does go through, both as an audio and video call.

#### Ya’akov

Joined Jan 27, 2019
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Can you try to call a number that is not registered as an iMessage number, like a landline help number for some company, both from FaceTime app and the command line?

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#### arduinolego611

Joined Jan 23, 2022
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Can you try to call a number that is not registered as an iMessage number, like a landline help number for some company, both from FaceTime app and the command line?
I had tried my dad's cell, which is a flip phone. that didnt work. but just now I tried a random business number from my contacts and it worked.

#### Ya’akov

Joined Jan 27, 2019
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Did you retry your own number after that? It seems like the problem was related to WiFi calling, and perhaps that is cleared up now?

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#### arduinolego611

Joined Jan 23, 2022
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yes, it seems to work now.

#### Ya’akov

Joined Jan 27, 2019
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By the way, the // in the URL is not required. "tel:+19999999999" is the documented format.

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#### arduinolego611

Joined Jan 23, 2022
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By the way, the // in the URL is not required. "tel:+19999999999" is the documented format.
cool, next up is figuring out how to send an iMessage from terminal!

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