If you’re just missing picking up those important phone calls more often than you’d like, there’s a solution: you can extend your phone’s ring time using a quick shortcut on your handset. We’ve got a guide for iPhone and Android users alike, as well as for home phone users.

It’s always a pain when you hear your phone ringing when you’re not close enough to catch it – especially if you were waiting for that important call! Here’s how you can solve it once and for all.


Extend the ring time on your home phone or landline

If you want to extend the time that your home phone or landline rings before diverting to voicemail or hanging up, the settings to do so can change depending on the handset that you’re using. For most handsets, though, it’s a straightforward process.

To extend the ring time on a landline phone, you’ll have to type in a short sequence of numbers as if you were about to call someone. This time, though, you’ll be using the * (asterisk) and # (hash) keys as well.

The code you want to enter is * 9 9 [5-60 seconds, in 5 second increments] # .

So, if you wanted to extend your home phone’s ring time to 45 seconds, you’d type in the code * 9 9 4 5 # and then hit the call button. After that, you can hang up the call, and your phone’s ring time will be set to the time you entered.

Extend the ring time on your Android phone

To extend your ring time using an Android handset, you’ll need to open the Phone app in your phone’s menu and then dial a code.

You’ll want to change one part of the sequence – that’s how long you want your phone to ring for. You can choose for your phone to ring for 15, 20, 25 or 30 seconds before diverting the call to voicemail.

Here’s how:

  1. Open the Phone app on your phone.
  2. Type the following: * * 6 1 * 1 0 1 * * [15, 20, 25 or 30] #
  3. Press the call button.

So, if you wanted to make sure your phone only rings for 15 seconds before diverting, you’d open the Phone app and type * * 6 1 * 1 0 1 * * 1 5 # .

Once you’ve done the steps above, you’ll then see a pop-up appear with a message that says “Call forwarding successful”.

To find out how long your phone is currently ringing for before diverting to voicemail, you can dial * # 6 1 # in your Phone app. You’ll see a pop-up appear that tells you your voicemail phone number, and how many seconds your phone will ring for each call that comes in.

Extend the ring time on your iPhone

To extend the ring time on an iPhone, all you have to do is this – open your iPhone’s Phone app and enter the sequence below.

There’s one part of the sequence that you’ll want to change – that’s how long you want your phone to ring for. You can choose for your phone to ring for 15, 20, 25 or 30 seconds before diverting the call to voicemail.

Here’s how to do it:

  1. Open the Phone app on your phone.
  2. Type the following: * * 6 1 * 1 0 1 * * [15, 20, 25 or 30] #
  3. Press the call button.

By default, ring time on the iPhone is set to 20 seconds. So, for example, if you wanted to extend your phone’s ring time to 30 seconds, you’d open the Phone app and enter the code * * 6 1 * 1 0 1 * * 3 0 # .