How to Set Up Call Forwarding From a Landline to a Cell Phone

By: Nathan Chandler & Sascha Bos  | 
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It's easy to forward calls from your landline to your cell phone. Paul Bradbury/Getty Images

In today's fast-paced world, staying connected is more important than ever. Whether you're a business professional awaiting an important call or simply don't want to miss a chat from a loved one, call forwarding ensures you're always reachable. This feature allows incoming calls to your landline to be redirected to your mobile phone, ensuring you never miss a beat.


Understanding Call Forwarding

Before diving into the steps, it's essential to grasp the concept of call forwarding. Essentially, it's a phone feature that redirects phone calls from one number (in this case, a landline) to another (your cell phone). This ensures that even if you're away from your desk phone or home phone, you won't miss out on important voice calls.

Initiating Call Forwarding

  1. Dial star-seven-two (*72) from your landline phone and wait for a dial tone.
  2. Press the 10-digit number of the cell phone where you'd like your calls to be forwarded.
  3. Press the pound button (#) or simply wait for a voice prompt or another confirmation tone indicating that call forwarding has been activated. Once done, hang up.

Verifying the Forwarding Feature

If you're uncertain about the process, repeat the steps mentioned above. It's always a good practice to test the feature by calling your landline from a different number to see if it gets forwarded to your mobile device.


Deactivating Call Forwarding

When you wish to receive calls on your landline again, dial *73 from your landline. This will deactivate the call forwarding feature, and you'll hear a confirmation tone indicating the change.


Advanced Call Forwarding Options

Always check with your service provider for specific dial codes, features, and potential charges associated with call forwarding.

Conditional Call Forwarding

Some carriers offer conditional call forwarding, allowing you to forward calls only when your line is busy or after a certain number of rings. For example, with Verizon, you can activate this by dialing *71 followed by the number you want to forward calls to.


Online and App-based Settings

Modern phone carriers often provide online portals or phone apps where users can manage their call forwarding settings. This means you can enable, disable or modify your forwarding options without even touching your landline. For instance, Vonage allows simultaneous ringing on multiple devices via their app.


Additional Tips and Considerations

Cost Implications

Activating the call forwarding feature might come with additional charges. It's crucial to consult with your landline provider about any fees associated with forwarded calls, especially if they're long distance.

Stay Connected Everywhere

With call forwarding, you can ensure that business calls, voice calls or any other incoming calls reach you, whether you're in the office, at home or on the move. It's a way to stay connected without being tied to a specific location.


Alternative Solutions

If you're looking to forward text messages or want a virtual number that can be directed to multiple phones, explore additional forwarding options and services. Some providers even offer toll-free numbers or local numbers from different area codes.

Now That's Handy!

Did you know that some modern smartphones, both Android and iPhone, come with built-in call forwarding settings? This means you can manually set up forwarding directly from your mobile device, allowing even more flexibility in how you manage incoming calls.


Frequently Answered Questions

What is the code to cancel call forwarding?
The code to cancel call forwarding varies depending on the phone service provider. Typically, the code is *73, then #.

Lots More Information

  • McDonough, Meghan J. " 10 Tips for Using Google Voice." Aug. 26, 2011. (March 9, 2018)
  • Slingshot. "Quick Reference Guide on Call Forwarding" (March 9, 2018)