Jeff's phone rings. It's Billy. He doesn't pick the phone up, just answers, and puts it on speaker.

Jeff: Hi, Billy.

Is 'puts it on speaker' the most natural way to express this? And is it enough without adding eg. '...phone' or '...mode' after 'speaker'? Thanks.

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    Yes, it's natural and idiomatic. Commented Apr 8, 2022 at 12:52
  • It depends if the person you're writing to is familiar with technology, because "speaker" on its own can mean several things, but "speakerphone" is unambiguous, so it is a question of whether you want to provide the extra information to aid understanding.
    – Stuart F
    Commented Nov 8, 2023 at 15:04

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"Put the phone on speaker" is correct. There's also another way to say that:

Put the call [or the person] on speakerphone



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