How to Set Up Speed Dialing on a Home Phone

Updated March 23, 2017

Speed dialling allows you to dial a phone number by pressing a one-digit or two-digit number on your phone. This is built into most cell phones, but landline users have two options: either purchase a phone that has the feature, or subscribe to a service from your phone company that provides it over the network.

Purchase a phone with a "speed dial" or "memory" feature, if you do not already own one. The Reference listings include reviews of cordless models with this feature.

Set up most phones by pressing a "memory" button, then dialling the phone number you wish to store. Press the memory button a second time, followed by the key you wish to use to dial the number. Some phones reverse the order, the speed-dial key first, then the saved phone number. You may need to press the memory button a third time. Refer to your phone's manual for specific details for your phone model.

Dial a speed-dial number assigned to a single digit, on most phones, by pressing and holding that button. Phones vary on how to dial longer speed-dial entries, but the most common method is to dial the speed-dial number, then press the memory button again.

Contact your phone company to find out if they provide speed dialling as a network service and if so, how much it costs. Some companies will charge a monthly service fee.

Add a number to your speed dial list in the same method as Step 2 in Section 1, but use a network code provided by your phone company instead of a memory button. For example, Verizon uses either *74 or 74#, depending upon your region of the country. Your provider will instruct you which code to use.

Dial a speed-dial number as per the instructions from your phone provider. For example, Verizon's speed-dial numbers are activated by entering the one-digit or two-digit number, followed by the pound sign.

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Ellis Davidson has been a self-employed Internet and technology consultant, entrepreneur and author since 1993. He has written a book about self-employment for recent college graduates and is a regular contributor to "Macworld" and the TidBITS technology newsletter. He is completing a book on self-employment options during a recession. Davidson holds a Bachelor of Arts in American civilization from the University of Pennsylvania.