Click on phone number on Mac

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Is there a way to configure a Phone field to allow clicking it and calling the number on MacBook. This would be super helpful not to have to type it into my iPhone.

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If you use Safari instead of Chrome, you can highlight a phone number (you can also triple-click to quickly highlight the entire phone number). Then, macOS will give you a pop-up menu to dial the number. Unfortunately, this doesn’t work in Chrome. Maybe there’s some Chrome extension to make that work.

I think the issue is that Airtable chose not to support the tel: protocol (i.e., tel://999-999-9999) natively in its URL field. There are many different URL protocols and tel: is the one that makes it possible for click-to-dial. This same behaviour should be possible on the mobile devices (not sure - never tested).

Unlike Chrome, Safari chose to support it as well as native entity extraction to make it possible to dial phone numbers even when the tel:// protocol was not applied.

But… there’s an out on Mac that requires no additional effort.

Simply enter your phone number data into a URL field like this:


… and it will work.


Nice tip, @Bill.French! That’s a great one! :cowboy_hat_face: :raised_hands: