How can set the number of rings on my iPhone before voicemail picks up?


Change how long your iPhone rings before calls are sent to voicemail

Option 1: Contact Your Service Provider

I have AT&T and I know that I can call or go into a local branch and have them do this for me. However, I have had nightmares calling customer service and I never want to do that again. Nevertheless, allowing someone to do it for you, means you can’t mess it up. All other major carriers (Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile) should all be able to help with your voicemail settings with a call or visit to a store.

Option 2: Do It Yourself 

If you don’t want to wait around for a sales agent or customer service representative, you can adjust the time it takes to reach your voicemail on our own. The steps below have been tested on my AT&T iPhone 5S.

Step 1. Using the Phone app, enter *#61# and press Call. This will take you to a secret page that display’s your voicemail number.

Step 2. On this page, write down or memorize the v

Step 2. On this page, write down or memorize the voicemail number since we will be using it in the following steps. Once you have the number, press Dismiss. 

Step 3. Using the Phone app, enter *61* followed b

Step 3. Using the Phone app, enter *61* followed by the Voice Call Forwarding number you took down in Step 2. It should look something like this *61*+12345678901. Tap and hold 0 to get the + sign. Now add, *11 after your call forwarding number.  Follow that by entering *(number of seconds you want users to wait before being sent to voicemail)#. Pretty freaking complicated! Here is what the final entry should look like for someone wanting the voicemail response time to be 12 seconds. 

  • *61*+12345678901*11*12#

NOTE: People have mentioned that they were able to do this step without entering the + sign. See what works for you.

Step 4. After entering in those numbers from Step 3, place the call by tapping Call. If you have done everything correctly, you’ll see this:

But please remember that this was tested on an AT&

But please remember that this was tested on an AT&T phone and the voicemail settings for different carriers may differ. Virgin Mobile, and Vodafone have their own directions, and T-Mobile users have had success with the steps covered in this guide.

Let us know if this method worked for your device in the comment section.


Will the Caller Know if I Declined or Blocked Them? 

If you are the person declining or blocking a number, the caller will have the aforementioned possibilities to consider rather than knowing immediately you are ignoring or have blocked them.  

Maybe you are just busy when someone calls, and don’t want them to think you are ignoring them. If you have an iPhone and it rings while you are occupied, hit the lock button and it will stop the phone from ringing or buzzing. The caller will still hear a few rings before voicemail.  

When you can’t answer your iPhone can also set up your “Do Not Disturb” function. This will let all callers know you are busy and will get back to them. Additionally, when a call comes in on an iPhone you have the option to send the message “Sorry, I can’t talk right now” automatically through text. 

If you want to block a number on an iPhone rather than just declining it repeatedly, go to your list of recent calls. Click on the “i” with a circle around it, and then click on “Block this Caller”. You can also change your settings to silence unknown callers so you won’t be disturbed by telemarketers.  

Does a Phone Ring When It’s Turned Off? 

Obviously, you won’t know for sure if the phone is off, the do not disturb message is on, or the person has poor cell coverage unless you Other reasons a phone might go straight to voicemail or if it is in airplane mode or if the battery is dead. 

Text messages sent to a dead phone are stored and will appear when the phone is turned back on. 


In short, aimed at teaching you to set the number of rings before voicemail answers with your iPhone, this guide has listed several related steps for you to follow. Next, considering that the possibility of losing unread voicemails by accident, we also recommended a powerful program dr.fone to you. With simple clicks, you’ll successfully find them back.