May 31, 2023

How to Set the Number of Rings Before Your iPhone Goes to Voicemail

Posted January 25, 2009 at 5:54pm · 240 comments · Add Comment
AW - April 14, 2018 at 6:14pm
Thank you so much! It worked! Loved the extra tip on how to get the plus(+) sign!! However can you let everyone know that 30 seconds is the max number of seconds it allows...
JDW - March 19, 2018 at 6:53pm
Is there a max number of rings allowed? I am trying to get about 20 rings before VM, however I set it for 240 and its going to VM at 6 rings no matter how far out i go
rodger price
rodger price - March 12, 2018 at 3:28pm
Great stuff - worked perfectly - got a good 30 secs now before voicemail kicks in. Thanks for such a clear set of instructions.
lyn bosch
lyn bosch - February 18, 2018 at 1:52am
this does NOT work. just wanted to change the number of rings before going to voicemail. the instructions end up trying to go to call forwarding. and *#61# is Invalid!
ruth964 - March 12, 2018 at 8:26pm
lyn bosch Hi there. Let me encourage you to try it one more time! Perhaps one star or number went in wrong for you! It worked for me and so many others, it seems! I hope you've got it now!
Steve wilson
Steve wilson - February 7, 2018 at 7:10pm
Thanks for your advice,it now means my wife has longer to look for phone in her handbag before it goes to answer phon!!!! Yippee
Oralene Smith
Oralene Smith - January 20, 2018 at 6:06pm
Thank you very much for the detailed directions. I was looking for the "telephone number" to be in its usual format, but then I typed in the number that appeared on my phone's screen, and it worked. Maybe now I can get to my phone before it goes to voicemail.
Snowmanc - January 8, 2018 at 7:14pm
Thanks worked on my old I-phone 5 in the UK on O2. Now can get to my phone before its transferred to call answering.
Eric Gordon
Eric Gordon - December 20, 2017 at 9:26pm
This does not work.
mommymaryRN - December 7, 2017 at 3:33am
It worked on my iphone X. Thanks! I have AT& T in Ohio, US. I have always been frustrated that by the time I get to my phone it stops ringing. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!!!
nimrod01 - November 30, 2017 at 11:56am
This worked for me in UK on O2 network - Thanks. The only issue was accessing + symbol. I then read thro' all instructions and followed the directions outlined in later text. I completely disabled my call forwarding by entering 30 which is fine, 'cos it takes a while to locate my phone when I'm busy.
Lorne - November 14, 2017 at 3:21pm
The number that comes up to forward is unknown to me. It should forward to my voice mail.
Anne-Mai Wallin
Anne-Mai Wallin - October 28, 2017 at 3:37pm
That did not work at all. At step three I did not get a thelephonenumber. I live in Sweden and perhaps it dos not work her,
Balki Bartokamus
Balki Bartokamus - September 22, 2017 at 4:17pm
Is this a joke? Why should I have to jump through hoops to do something that should be in a Settings Menu right there on the phone?
Dan Haldeman
Dan Haldeman - August 26, 2017 at 3:39am
This method doesn't work if your carrier is Verizon!!!!!!
minge - August 21, 2017 at 3:47pm
Terrific.. Ta very much. This trick will save me breaking my neck rushing to pick the phone up and fumbling/dropping the thing.
Joan Dick
Joan Dick - July 19, 2017 at 3:06am
Wow! Thanks for this info. It works! Much appreciated. : -)
Lor - June 26, 2017 at 3:23pm
Those are a crazy amount of steps fo follow just to change the number of rings ill just hit the "beat it " button before goin thru all that
Nkuntima Almeida
Nkuntima Almeida - May 23, 2017 at 7:18pm
Thanks for useful info, I contacted Virgin costumer support and they weren't able go give me the correct info. I followed the steps and it works just fine. Set it to 30 seconds
OKenji - May 19, 2017 at 2:01am
It wrks for iphone 6, but 2 rings even though you do 5secs which is 1 ring. How can it go directly to voicemai? Anyone? Thanks
ruth964 - March 12, 2018 at 8:33pm
hey, OKenji! 1. Mine was going straight to voicemail and THAT was the problem for me! I couldn't find my phone by calling my cell number because it was not ringing for me! (Just in case you hadn't thought of that yet!) If you put 0 for the numb of secs. in, that should work. If not, leave it blank.
Donna L Bodway
Donna L Bodway - May 2, 2017 at 8:54pm
I agree with everyone else, why is # of ring tones not a menu item? I guess Apple thinks we are all software developers. I have spent the last hour trying to get this done, thank you for this page, it was clear, concise, and it worked on my 5s.
perfidia - April 7, 2017 at 8:42pm
I don't know why iPhone has to be such a pain in the ass, as well the Apple developers. They have to make every thing so damn difficult for their customers! The being able to change the number of rings on an iPhone should be one of the many features that's included!
Rick123456 - March 7, 2017 at 9:45am
Works on iphone 4 and 5s, PLEASE NOTE, to those who have said this doesn't work, it is network dependent! Both my phones are on O2-UK! To the OP, thanks for a clear simple solution! (why cant we have this setting in the menu!!)
Mary Ann
Mary Ann - February 27, 2017 at 11:41pm
Instructions very clear, unfortunately this did not work on my iPhone 7 plus:((( Guess I'll be standing in the long Verizon store line...SMHO!!!
Autumn Banks
Autumn Banks - February 27, 2017 at 3:53pm
This will not work for iPhone 5. We are now dinosaurs!
Trish - February 16, 2017 at 12:58am
Brilliant! Thank you! - and I kept getting options ending in 'disabled' tooo, until I realised there was a * before the #61# and that took me to the right page where it all happened beautifully!
Jean wilkinson
Jean wilkinson - February 8, 2017 at 10:37pm
All options that come up end in "disabled." Any other ideas? Great step by step. Thank you.
Nancy Smith
Nancy Smith - February 5, 2017 at 5:00am
This did not work for iphone 5 - states "call failed" How do you change # of rings on Apple iphone 5 - mine only rings 3 times and I miss 9 out of 10 calls
Catherine Peck
Catherine Peck - January 31, 2017 at 10:04pm
Can't believe it. Who'd have known? Been trying to find a solution for 2 years. Thank you!! Kate
RanjitS - January 29, 2017 at 6:56pm
I have an iPhone 6s and it worked perfectly ... THANKS
Howard - December 16, 2016 at 6:37am
Too easy thanks !
dbldip - December 13, 2016 at 1:58am
That worked for us iphone 7 and iphone 5 both using IOS 10.1.1
Nancy Smith
Nancy Smith - February 5, 2017 at 5:02am
How did it work on your iphone 5 and my phone says "call failed" it couldn't have been an iphone 5
Cozmos - November 12, 2016 at 5:20am
Thank you so much! I have Kashmir ringtone and I never got to hear any lyrics before it went to I can! :)
MAH12345 - October 26, 2016 at 4:07pm
Sharee - October 26, 2016 at 7:31am
Didn't work :(
JMC - October 21, 2016 at 10:31pm
Ohhhh I LOVE that this information was not only available but clear to understand step by step for my iPhone6S. Now I dont have to panic every time my phone rings, only to miss the call and redial everyone!! THANK YOU SO MUCH!!
my name
my name - August 2, 2016 at 6:52pm
Whoo Hoo! No more frantically searching through my purse or under things on the coffee table to find my phone before it hangs up. Thank you!
J Read
J Read - August 1, 2016 at 9:55am
All I get at step two is "Error performing request Unknown error.Interrogation failed. Its driving me mad. Apple should make this SIMPLE
dbldip - December 13, 2016 at 2:02am
Its not apple is your network. I.e. like At&t or Verizon or ...
Taylor - July 26, 2016 at 2:32am
Fantastic worked first time on Iphone6. Thanks.
Lynarc - June 18, 2016 at 4:50pm
Fantastic fix - worked first time on IPhone 6S Thanks Lynarc
Barbie W
Barbie W - May 26, 2016 at 5:06pm
I kept getting error message in the very first phase on my Iphone 6. I replaced the suggested interrogation code in Step 2 with *#004# and AT&T sent the Step 3 screen that allowed me to successfully follow Steps 3 - 5.
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