How to activate call forwarding on Android

Even though our mobiles phone are growing smarter by the day, and can wear different hats – digital camera, a navigation device, or an entertainment hub –  still their main responsibility is to let us connect with one another for a two-way communication via calls, messages or the internet. Tele calls continue to thrive despite the surge in internet usage.

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However, going by the international standards, there is a lot to desire for Indian telecom consumers. Issues of network congestion and call drops picked up steam in India, with government and corporates blaming each other.

And if you are a consumer caught in the cross fire, here is a quick Jugad that shall help you avoid missing important work and personal calls. If you have a dual SIM smartphone, or if you carry separate work and personal handset, the ‘Jugad’ of call forwarding will help you manage your network congetion problems. Here is what you need to do.

How to Activate Call Forwarding

­­­­­­Trust me it’s not a rocket science and even a 10-year old can activate Call Forwarding. The process is more or less the same, though naming convention might differ from UI to UI. Let me walk you through the process.

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Call Forwarding on Android:

  • Open dialer app
  • Go to dialer setting
  • Select call forwarding
  • select appropriate option

Method 1: 

First of all, open your phone Dialer app, the one you use to dial numbers. Now go to dialer settings. For most phones, the Call settings/dialer settings/ or simply Settings is listed under the triple dot menu. In Lenovo, the option is available under ‘More’ tab. In a few rare phones, you will have to press the menu navigation button in the navigation bar.

Now there must be a call forward settings somewhere in the list that follows. Just open them and update your secondary number in ‘when not reachable’ option. Following the same steps, you can also activate always forward or only forward when busy or Unanswered.

Method 2:

If somehow the first method doesn’t work for you, you can activate call forwarding from within phone settings too (option is not available on all phones, though).

Just go to phone/call settings in the settings menu. A bunch of new options will appear on the display. If you navigate this screen, you will find a call forwarding option listed. Tap on it to explore further options like ‘Always forward’, ‘when busy’, ‘when unanswered’ as well as the option of ‘when not reachable’. You have to tap on when unreachable and update it with your secondary mobile number.

For the iPhone users, the procedure to activate Call forwarding is almost similar to Android. In iPhone too you have to go to settings and then tap phone option and select on call forwarding. It is turned off by default. Turn on the Call forward and enter the number on which you want all your calls to be forwarded. Now you are ready to rock.

Call Forwarding on iPhone:

  • Open Setting
  • Then Phone
  • Call forwarding
  • Turn it on

Even though it won’t prove beneficial for iPhone users in network congestion problems, but it might prove beneficial to them in low battery scenario. Afterall, we all how good iPhone battery backup generally is. Unlike Android, iPhone users don’t get the flexibility to pick and choose on whether they need partial call forwarding or complete call forwarding. All calls are forwarded to the secondary number irrespective of network availability.


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