How to fix iPhone XR that cannot make a call, call failed error

While smartphones now come with more advanced features and several services, calling and texting are still the core functions. That’s the reason why it will be big trouble for many users if calling and texting services aren’t working on their respective phone. However, no matter how powerful a phone is; network problems can appear at any time. If that happens, network-related services will be affected.

On the positive note, most common problems are usually related to software errors, so they can be handled at home. Tacked in this post are some potential solutions to fix outgoing calls issue on iPhone XR. Read on the post to refer to these troubleshooting methods to fix call failed error on your iPhone XR.

How to troubleshoot iPhone XR with call failed error

Problems with outgoing calls are not always attributed to software errors. Many iPhone users who have had trouble with making phone calls, could resolve the problem without doing a single troubleshooting method. Instead, they checked on the following:

  • Account and service status:

Problematic accounts will be disabled outgoing services by network service providers/carriers. The main causes are from account security issues and billing issues. If outgoing services are disabled, making phone calls will not be possible. To fix this, you should contact your carrier to check that your account is still in good condition and outgoing services are still active.

  • Network signal indicator (signal bars).

There are at least 2 stable bars for network services to work properly. So, if your iPhone is suffering a weak or poor signal, it could lead to calling and texting issues. In this case, you should move to another location that has a stronger network signal. If possible, you should stay away from network signal barriers like tall buildings, or other places with signal interference.

  • Network outages.

Another possible reason what you suffer the poor network signal or no signal is network outages. They can occur due to scheduled network system maintenance on your network service provider. All you can do at that time is to wait until the outage goes away and the network services return.

If you still cannot make phone calls on your iPhone XR even when the network signal is good, and no network outages, you should try the following solutions.

Solution 1: Toggle Airplane mode on and off.

Disabling and then enabling Airplane mode is like restarting wireless features on your iPhone. Sometimes, performing this simple trick can clear out random network connectivity issues including problems with calling functions. Should you want to give it a try, here is how to do so:

  • Navigate to Settings-> Airplane Mode menu, and then toggle Airplane Mode ON. It will then disable all wireless radios like Wi-Fi and cellular data networks.

Once Airplane mode enabled, you should then your iPhone XR by following these steps:

  1. Press and hold the  Power button for a few seconds.
  2. When you see the Slide to Power Off command, release the button
  3. Drag the slider to the right.
  4. After 1 minute, press and hold the Power button again until you see the Apple logo.

A simple reboot will clear out errant cached files stored on your phone memory which might have halted your phone from making phone calls.

After rebooting your iPhone XR, return to Settings-> Airplane Mode and then toggle Airplane Mode OFF. Airplane mode needs to be disabled if you want to use Wi-Fi, cellular data and other wireless features on your phone.

Solution 2: Install iOS update and carrier settings update if they are available.

Keeping your phone always up-to-date will make sure performance stability. Software updates include patches that can get rid of any bug-inflicted issues. To check for the latest iOS update on your iPhone XR, head to Settings-> General-> Software Update.

If there is an update available, you will see the update details on the screen. Before tapping on Download and Install option, back up your important data for safekeeping first. Once done, follow the onscreen instructions to start downloading and installing the iOS update.

Apart from installing the latest iOS version, you should also check if there is a carrier settings update on your iPhone XR. It can fix problems that affect carrier’s network functions. Some updates are automatically installed on your phone while others will be optional. To manually check for new carrier settings on your device, simply head to Settings-> General-> About section.

Wait for about5 seconds to see the carrier settings update. If there is no update notification, it means your carrier settings are already up-to-date.

After that, restart your iPhone XR to apply the recent changes and then try making a phone call to check if it’s already working well.

Also read: How to fix cellular data that is not working on iPhone XR

Solution 3: Reset network settings on your iPhone.

Resetting the network settings might also be the key to clearing out the call failed errors if invalid network settings are the underlying cause. The process will delete all your current network configurations on your iPhone and then restore to the default network values. So, any settings error will be got rid of and associated problems will also go away. To reset network settings on your iPhone XR:

  1. Open Settings app from the Home screen.
  2. Tap on General > Reset.
  3. Choose Reset network settings
  4. Enter your passcode when prompted to continue.
  5. Tap on the popup to confirm a network settings reset.

Your iPhone will restart during the network settings reset. Once done, default network values will be restored. To use the Internet on your phone, you need to reconnect it to a Wi-Fi network.

Solution 4: Remove and reinstall your SIM card.

Damaged SIM card is also the main reason that causes the calling function to fail to work on your iPhone XR. To fix this, you should remove and reinstall the SIM card on your iPhone XR. Here’s how to get it done:

  1. Power your iPhone off before removing the SIM card.
  2. Once it’s turned off, put the SIM ejector tool into the small hole on the tray.
  3. Gently push the tool until the SIM card tray ejects.
  4. Pull it out from your phone and then remove the SIM card from the slot.
  5. Check the SIM card for any physical damage. If there is nothing, put the SIM card back into the card slot in the same position.
  6. Push the tray back into your phone to lock it in place.
  7. After the SIM tray is completely secured, power your iPhone back on.

Wait for it to set network signal. Once the signal bars become stable, try making a phone call and check if the problem is gone.