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iPhone: Insert dialing pause into contact phone numbers

When I frequently make calls to automated systems that require an additional digit or extension to be dialed, I like to add these dialing key presses into my contact’s number with dialing pauses as appropriate. The iPhone makes it easy to put pauses into a contact’s phone number.


When editing a contact’s phone number and you are ready to insert a pause, tap the + * # key at the lower left of the screen as shown with a red asterisk in the image below:

After you tap this key, the keyboard layout will change to this:

To insert a pause, simply tap the Pause key. After you tap this key, the keyboard will revert to the normal layout. If you didn’t mean to insert a pause (or pound or asterisk), tap the same lower left key (which now will show 1 2 3 to return to the numeric keyboard.

The phone number displayed on the screen will show a comma where a pause has been inserted. For longer delays you can insert more pauses.

Quinn McHenry
Quinn McHenry
Quinn was one of the original co-founders of Tech-Recipes. He is currently crafting iOS applications as a senior developer at Small Planet Digital in Brooklyn, New York.
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