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How to Dial an Extension on iPhone: A Complete Guide

I find calling someone who has an extension added to their phone number a little tiring. But given that most companies route callers to various departments through a phone number, it’s pretty much inevitable if you need to reach them or contact a buddy who works there.

Thankfully, dialing an extension is relatively easy on an iPhone, and you’ll find out how to go about it here. I’ll also show you how to permanently save the target contact as an extension so that you won’t have to add the extra numbers anytime you need to redial it.

Read on below to find out how!


How to Dial an Extension on Your iPhone

Dialing an extension on your iPhone is a hassle-free process, and you should be up and running with the following steps:

  1. Launch the Dialer app and open the keypad
  2. Input the original phone number you intend to dial
  3. Next, long-press the * key (Asterisk) till a comma appears next to the numbers you’ve pressed. The comma denotes a pause and signals to your phone that you’re dialing an extension
  4. Now, press the extension number next to the comma
  5. Next, press the green phone button to reach the person you intend to call directly
  6. Alternatively, if you prefer the pause to be longer than two seconds for ‘Wait-to-Dial,’ erase the extension and comma from earlier
  7. This time, long-press the # button till a semicolon (;) appears next to the original phone number
  8. Now, input the extension and dial the numbers altogether

That’s it! Dialing an extension on your iPhone couldn’t be easier. However, to save yourself the stress of having to input the extra numbers anytime you need to reach a contact through an extension, simply save the phone number as an extension. The following tutorial will guide you in that regard.

How to Save an Extension to Your Contact List

You can modify an existing contact and save it as an extension for future purposes. To do this, 

  • Launch the Contacts app on your iPhone or swipe to Contacts from the Phone app
  • Scroll to the existing contact you intend to save as an extension and select it
  • Tap Edit on the contact information screen
  • Next, in the middle of the screen, tap the phone number you’re adding an extension to. Alternatively, you can dial the plus (+) icon to add a new phone number which includes the extension, without altering the original
  • Once you’ve tapped the phone number, tap the keypad symbols and select Pause
  • Enter the extension next to the comma
  • Finally, select Done at the top-right corner of the screen to save all changes.

Final Notes

That’s all there is to dialing an extension on your iPhone. With the above tutorial, you shouldn’t have to input the extra numbers anytime you need to call your contacts with an extension. It’s that easy. 

You can also use the comments section below if you need further assistance. Meanwhile, if you ever need to get rid of any contacts on your phone, be it an extension or a regular phone number, follow the tutorial on How to Delete Contacts on iPhone.

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