Set up call forwarding on Android and iPhone – How it works

Call forwarding can be set up for both iPhones and Android phones. Incoming calls are then forwarded to a desired number. We’ll show you how to set it up on Android and iOS.

Call forwarding is useful, for example, if you are temporarily unable to receive calls and want someone else to take over your calls or if you use two phones with different SIM cards.

Call forwarding on Android

This is how you set up call forwarding on Android:

  1. Open the phone app.
  2. Press the three dots in the upper right corner.
  3. Open the settings.
  4. Select the option Additional services.
  5. Here you will find the call forwarding function.

call forwarding on Android and iPhone

Make separate settings for voice and video calls. You can decide how call forwarding should work: You can

  • all calls
  • Calls that you press away
  • Calls where your phone is busy or
  • or is not reachable,
  • forwarded to a new number. Set the appropriate number to which the contact should be forwarded. By default, the mailbox number is entered here.

This setting works for most Android models, for example the Samsung Galaxy S8 or Galaxy S10.

Setting for iPhone

You can also set up call forwarding on the iPhone:

  • Open the Settings app.
  • Open the phone settings.
  • Here you will find the option Call forwarding.
  • Activate the function and enter the destination number where future callers should land when dialing your mobile number.
  • You can deactivate call forwarding in the same way so that your contacts can reach you as usual.

Quickly set call forwarding by code

Alternatively, you can activate call forwarding by code. This works on both Android and iOS. You don’t have to search long in the settings, but enter the code via the phone app using the keypad. The codes work with most phones and mobile providers such as Telekom or Vodafone:

  • Call forwarding for all calls: *21DESTINATION NUMBER# (switch off with ##21#).
  • Call forwarding if not reachable: *62DESTINATION NUMBER# (switch off with ##62#)
  • Redirection, if busy: *67DESTINATION# (switch off with ##67#)
  • Forwarding after specific ringing time: *61PHONE NUMBER**TIME# (time in seconds; switch off with ##61#)
  • To switch off just enter the corresponding code in brackets. If you type * instead of the first #, you check the status of the setting. For example, if you want to know whether the call forwarding for busy calls is activated, type the code *#67#. Enter the country code for the phone number.

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