It’s been a frenzy of updates this past month or so, an Apple user’s delight. There is certainly lots of new shiny toys to play with inside iOS 8 and OS X 10.10 Yosemite.
I sit in front of my Mac most of the day and while doing so take and make a lot of phone calls. One key feature I’d been looking forward to since the announcement of Yosemite was the ability to use your iPhone via the Mac to both answer calls and make them.
With the updates this week, it’s now possible and works well – with one caveat.
The FaceTime app on OS X does not allow you to directly set the audio output for the call. Instead it routes the audio from the telephone call to the default system output. Pictured below, you access this from System -> Sound > Output.
I also listen to music most of the day at work, which also is routed out of the default audio settings. This become a pain when someone calls and you’d rather receive the audio from the call via headphones instead.
After looking around web for an answer I’ve arrived at the unhappy ending of there being no answer. (Was that a pun?).
Quickly change the audio output settings
That’s the answer for the moment and I’ll show you a trick that you might not know.
Top right corner of your Mac you have a tool bar. Start by ensuring that you’ve got the setting Show volume in the menu bar selected (see above screen shot).
When you receive a call via your iPhone hold down the option key on your keyboard and click the speaker icon in your tool bar and there is the answer (for the moment). You can quickly change the output settings while you take the call.
Hopefully at some point there will be an option to set the audio out in FaceTime but until then here’s your work around.