How to Speed Dial on an Android Phone - dummies

How to Speed Dial on an Android Phone

By Dan Gookin

Any mere mortal can use the Phone app on an Android phone to key in a number. To take your dialing skills up a notch, consider some of the special tricks of speed dialing.

Assigning numbers to speed dial

Not every Android phone features speed dial. To see whether yours does, heed these steps:

  1. Start the Phone app.

    The Phone app icon is found on the Home screen.

  2. Display the dialpad.

  3. Touch the Action Overflow icon.


    If you don’t see the Action Overflow icon on the screen, touch the Menu icon. When you can’t find either icon, the Phone app most likely lacks a speed dial feature.

  4. Choose Speed Dial or Speed Dial Setup.

    Most carriers configure number 1 as the voicemail system’s number. The remaining numbers, 2 through 9, are available to program.

  5. Touch an unused or blank item in the list, or touch the Add icon.

    The item may say Add Speed Dial or Not Assigned as opposed to being blank.

  6. Choose a contact to speed-dial.

  7. Repeat Steps 5 and 6 to add more speed dial contacts.

When you’re done adding numbers, press either the Back or Home icon to exit the speed dial screen.

Using speed dial is simple. Summon the Phone app and display the dialpad. Long-press a number on the dialpad. When you release your finger, the speed dial number is dialed.

Adding pauses when dialing a number

Unlike the ancient telephone, dialing a number on an Android phone isn’t an interactive process: You type the number and then touch a Phone icon to dial. The number is instantly spewed into the phone system. If you need to pause the number as it’s dialed, you need to know the secret pause dialing command.

To insert a pause or wait prompt into a phone number, follow these steps:

  1. Type the number to dial.

  2. When you need to insert a pause, touch the Action Overflow icon.


    On some phones, touch the Menu icon to see the pop-up menu shown.


  3. Choose the proper command to insert a pause into the number dialed.

    The Add 2 Second Pause command inserts a comma (,) into the number. When the phone dials the comma, it waits for two seconds and then dials the rest of the number.

    The Add Wait command inserts a semicolon (;) into the number. When the phone dials the semicolon, a prompt is displayed.

  4. Continue composing the number.

When you’re done, dial the number. When the comma (,) is encountered, the phone pauses two seconds, then dials the rest of the number. When the semicolon (;) is encountered, the phone prompts you to continue. Touch the Yes or OK button to continue dialing the rest of the number.

The comma (,) and semicolon (;) can also be inserted into the phone numbers you assign contacts.