How to increase the ring time on your phone

Do you race against your phone, trying to answer it before the call diverts to voicemail? For those of us who chuck our mobiles into the murky depths of a rucksack or handbag, scrabbling around the detritus to find your phone can be really frustrating . The usual outcome sees you grab the handset just as its last ring echoes away and a missed call icon pops up.

Thankfully, there is an easy way to make sure you never miss a call again. All you need to do is increase your phone’s ring time. Read on to find out how.

Mobile phone network dial codes

To alter the length of time that your phone rings before diverting to voice mail, you simply need to enter a code. The code differs slightly depending on which provider you’re with, so we’ve listed the main providers below. With each of these examples, all you need to do is tap in the code and press call or send.

In all our examples, the XXs stand for the number of seconds you’d like the phone to ring for before voice mail kicks in. So replace the XXs with 30 to enable your phone to ring for half a minute before the call diverts. Most providers allow you to increase the time in 5 second intervals. There are limits as to how long you can make the ring last for – most providers set a cap at 30 seconds.

EE – **61*07953222222**XX#

Giff Gaff – **61*443*10*XX#

O2 – **61*901*11*XX#

Orange – **61*07953100123**XX#

Tesco Mobile – **61*905*11*XX#

Three – **61*333**XX#

T-Mobile **61*your own mobile number with no spaces**XX#

Virgin Mobile – it’s a slightly longer process for Virgin Mobile phones. Start  by tapping *#67# into your phone, then press the call/answer key. Make a note of the number that’s displayed, including the + symbol.

Now enter **61*add the number you noted down**XX#

Vodafone – **61*121*11*XX#

Here’s one we did earlier

We gave the process a go using an iPhone on the Vodafone network. Here’s what the process looks like in action.

Change phone ring

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29 replies

  1. Is there a way of resetting Three back to the default setting? I have used the dial string above for both my own and wife’s phone and now it doesn’t divert to voicemail at all on either phone but rings for the set time before giving a message saying “The number you have called has not been recognised. Please check the number and try again.”

    The phone being called rings fine and can take the call but if it isn’t answered, it is impossible to leave a voice mail.

  2. How can I extend the ring time on Alcatel Onetouch 2012 mobile phone as it cuts to voicemail much too quickly as there is no time to locate phone or answer calls. I live in France.

    1. Thanks, Barbara, same thing happens to me with my Virgin Alcatel onetouch phone, so I wait in hope someone will amend the advise to make it correct.

  3. I want my ring duration to last longer than 30 seconds as I’m disabled and don’t want to carry my phone all round my flat. What can I do? I have an Alcatel Pop 4

  4. From what screen or page do you enter the string of numbers? Why can’t tech writers think of of obvious questions like this??or test their advice on there own mums first!

    1. I’d like to know this, too. Will ‘Dismiss’ cancel what has just been done, or does it just mean to ‘dismiss’ the present screen?

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