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How to Create an iPhone Shortcut for Call Forwarding

Updated February 21, 2017

Apple's iPhone includes a preference in the Settings application to easily turn on and off call forwarding. This is handy if you want every call forwarded to another number, but this is often not the case. What if you just want missed calls to forward to another number? You must dial in this setting to set it up on your phone. Creating a contact with the call forwarding information is an easy way to quickly access and set up your conditional call forwarding.

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  1. Open the Contacts application on your iPhone. Set the contact name as "Call Forwarding."

  2. Determine the number you are going to forward the call to.

  3. Add a phone number to your new Call Forwarding contact. The number should be:

  4. _61_CALL-FORWARD-NUMBER# (replace CALL-FORWARD-NUMBER with the forwarding number).

  5. Save the contact and quit the Contacts application. Using the 61 command will forward all unanswered calls. Use 67 to forward if your phone is busy or 62 to forward if your phone has no service.

  6. Open the Phone application. Select the "Favorites" button in the bottom left corner of the Phone application. Select "+" button to add a contact and pick the Call Forwarding contact you just set up. You can now easily turn on call forwarding by selecting it from your Favorites list.

  7. Tip

    There are applications that you can purchase and download from the iTunes AppStore that can take this call-forwarding contact shortcut even further by placing an icon on the home screen. This is not necessary but removes the added steps of opening the Phone application and pulling up your Favorites list. To disable call forwarding, dial #61# and select "Call." Replace 61 with 67 or 62 depending on your choice in Step 3. You can create a new contact to set up a shortcut for disabling call forwarding as well if you wish.

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Things You'll Need

  • iPhone

About the Author

J.S. Copper began writing professionally in 2008, specializing in technology, running and health-related topics. He has worked with a handful of technology websites providing tutorials, tips and tricks. Prior to writing, Copper worked in Web design

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