How to change how long your iPhone rings before calls go to voicemail

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Marianne, Dec 19, 2007.

  1. Marianne

    Marianne Moderator

    How to change how long your iPhone rings before calls go to voicemail

    I had changed this setting on a previous phone years ago and wanted to make sure I had the longest setting possible on my iPhone since it sometimes takes me a while to dig it out of my purse. I can’t take full credit for these instructions, having found them on an old Cingular users forum, but I have updated them to be specific for the iPhone on AT&T.

    You can choose between 5 and 30 seconds in increments of 5 (5, 10, 15, etc.). I haven’t tried anything longer than 30 seconds. I have confirmed that this works by setting it for 30 seconds, then 10 seconds, then 30 seconds, and testing it each time by calling my iPhone and timing how long it rings before going to voicemail.

    First, you’ll need to know your voicemail access number. The easiest way to get this is to dial *#61# and then press Call on your iPhone’s keypad. The first block of text you’ll see on the screen that comes up will be:

    Setting Interrogation Succeeded
    Voice Call Forwarding
    When Unanswered
    Forwards to +1XXXXXXXXXX Enabled

    Where +1XXXXXXXXXX is shown as an actual number - write this number down because you’ll need it in the next steps. You can ignore the rest of the text that is shown for the purposes of this exercise.

    To change how long your iPhone rings, dial *61*+1XXXXXXXXXX*11*tt# where +1XXXXXXXXXX is the number you wrote down from the first step above and tt is the length of time in seconds for which you want your iPhone to ring. To get the + sign to show up, hold down the 0 key for a couple of seconds and release it when it turns into the + sign in the readout above. Then press Call.

    You may be able to go longer than 30 seconds - I have not tested it to see if it even works, but it may cause some of your plan minutes to be used even if you don’t answer the phone, so beware.

    To give you an example, I dialed *61*+12537094017*11*30# then pressed Call to change my iPhone ring to last 30 seconds. After this, assuming you’ve entered everything correctly, you’ll see the following message:

    Setting Activation Succeeded
    Voice Call Forwarding
    When Unanswered

    That’s it! Enjoy!
  2. jpm

    jpm New Member

    Or you could just call customer service and ask for extending ringing...boom 30 seconds before going to voicemail. That's what I did a couple years ago.
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  4. Marianne

    Marianne Moderator

    you could, but that is so much less fun than doing it yourself. :p

    plus, the last time i tried to have customer service try to do it for me, it took the rep several minutes to figure out how to do it - much more efficient to do it myself...
  5. patrickj

    patrickj Genius

    Cool tip - and like your site also, just RSS subscribed ...
  6. Youngbinks

    Youngbinks Zealot

    Ah very cool find. I've recently taken a dive into the ringback tones so now I can subject the people calling me to even MORE music of my choosing.
  7. jpmihalk

    jpmihalk Member

    Good stuff!
  8. meiphones_brill

    meiphones_brill New Member

    Isn't macgirl Brilliant! If I was married to macgirl I could talk techy stuff over dinner, and I bet I'd not even get frowned at when I bring ANOTHER! - WHAT DO YOU WANT WITH ANOTHER OLD COMPUTER! - new addition to my computer museum.

    I bet she'd be happy when I bought her a new iPod, and we'd have lots of computers everywhere and an iPod in every car. And we could get on the plane and fly over to the US every gear to go to MacWorld and maybe do some shopping while we were there.

  9. Marianne

    Marianne Moderator

    thanks! glad you like it!

    now if only i could make a living off of writing full-time and quit my day job... :p
  10. Marianne

    Marianne Moderator

    thanks! how much does at&t charge for ringback tones? what are you going to pick?
  11. kokogirl

    kokogirl New Member

    You are sooo funny. I love your posts. I like to read to myself imagining your accent.
  12. Marianne

    Marianne Moderator

    we could indeed talk techy stuff, i would be thrilled with gadget gifts (better than jewelry any day), and i would never, ever question you buying another computer. ;)

    my husband is a physicist and works as an engineer now, and while one would think that he's into tech stuff, he's NOT. i talk to him about mac and iphone stuff and he patiently listens but is never excited about any of it. hence my participation in sites like these to have some interaction about the stuff i love... :D
  13. patrickj

    patrickj Genius

    Sh** Yeah - if you figure that one out, post that tip for sure!
  14. enigmanic

    enigmanic New Member

    Thank you, macgirl. You rock! It's nice to see another girl on the forum, who isn't afraid to get down and dirty with her iphone. :p
  15. kakofonix

    kakofonix Member

    Did Macgirl just say she's (happily) married??? Dang!


    Yeah, I know...I'm pathetic...

    One a more serious note, it's thrilling to read the helpful posts from the girls. I still laugh when I recall the first time you revealed your gender on this forum after helping out a guy resolve a highly technical iPhone issue. Jaws dropped to the floor!

    Years ago when 56k modems ruled the world, I worked for an ISP and more than half the Mac support team were girls. We called them "Digital Goddesses" and they were good!

    Ok, enough already!:laugh2:
  16. enigmanic

    enigmanic New Member

    You are too sweet kakofonix. I must say, I'm usually hesistant to reveal my gender when I post on tech forums, for fear that I may not be taken as seriously. (Hence the very non-specifically gender identifiable screen name). Off the net, my interests range anywhere from triathlons to art. So naturally, most people are shocked when they find out I'm really just a tech geek at heart.
  17. thegasguru

    thegasguru New Member

    All y'all rock!
  18. Hayesimus

    Hayesimus Guest

    Super cool. I will try this in a little while. I hate it when i am listening to a ringtone that's playing and its like a blocked call or someone i don't want to answer haha and it goes to voicemail and i'm like gahhh i was enjoying that tune! lol
  19. Elbacanazo920

    Elbacanazo920 New Member

    I don't know when i'll use this feature but i know that one day i will so thanks in advance
  20. Tinman

    Tinman Evangelist

    Nice dodge of the question! :p:p:p

  21. enigmanic

    enigmanic New Member

    LOL...darnit, you caught me there Tinman. Alright, I guess I'll answer kakofonix's question: nope, I'm not married...just recently got out of a relationship in fact. So if anyone is interested, I'm open to requests. :p

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