How to Dial An Extension on iPhone (Plus, Save Extensions to Contacts!)

How to Dial an Extension on Your iPhone

If you dial an extension, you can avoid automated operators. Or if you consistently call into conference calls with extensions, we’ll also go over how to save phone numbers with extensions to your Contacts. If need to call a company and you have the extension for the person you’re trying to reach, use this article to automatically dial the extension on your iPhone, without needing to hear any automated prompts. Dialing an extension on iPhone is also super easy; so once you’ve learned how to call the extension, it’ll be no problem to remember in the future. Here’s how to dial an extension on your iPhone.

Related: How To Redial a Phone Number on Your iPhone

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If you rarely dial extensions on your iPhone, the first tip will simply show you how to make the call. But if you’ll be regularly calling the extension, follow the second part to learn how to save a number with an extension to your Contacts. Overall, this whole process is easy and automatic. To dial the extension, you’ll just need a pause.

How to Dial an Extension on iPhone

  • Open the Phone app.
  • Dial the main number you’re calling.
  • Then hold down the * (asterisk) until a comma appears.
  • Now enter the extension number after the comma.

  • Tap the green Call button and you’ll dial straight to the person you’re trying to reach.

When you do this, make sure you hold down the * long enough to turn it into a comma. The comma acts as a pause and lets your phone know it’s dialing an extension.

How to Save Extensions in Your iPhone Contacts

If you plan to regularly call an extension, you can save it in your Contacts. That way, the next time you go to dial the extension, it will already be saved as it needs to be dialed. Here’s how to save a number with the extension to your Contacts on iPhone:

  • Open your Phone app and select Contacts or open your Contacts app on iPhone.
  • For our how-to, we’re assuming you already have the number saved. If not, simply create a new contact by tapping the plus sign in the upper right corner of your Contacts app.
  • Find the contact number that you want to add an extension to and tap on it.
  • Tap Edit in the upper right corner.

  • Tap the number you’re adding the extension to, or tap the plus sign next to add phone to add a new phone number to the contact.
  • You’ll notice the keyboard at the bottom of your screen is all numbers with a special characters tab in the lower left corner, tap the special characters.

  • With the cursor at the end of the phone number, tap Pause to insert a comma.
  • Now enter the extension.

  • Tap Done to save.


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