How To: Change the time before voicemail diverts call


Annoyed with the HTC G1 mobile because incoming calls go to voicemail before you can answer the phone? Its a common issue where many calls are missed because the default timeout is 15 seconds which is too short for many people. This is a guide to easily change the time before your mobile diverts the call to voicemail from anything from 5 to 30 seconds.

Just follow these steps:

  1. Enter *#61*11# and press Send/Talk on your phone.
  2. Write down the number your calls are currently forwarded to. This is your voicemail deposit number.
  3. Decide how long you want the phone to ring in 5 second intervals. The maximum time is 30 seconds. I have mine set at 25 seconds.
  4. Now enter **61*[number from step 2]*11*[number from step 3, use 2 digits]# and press Send/Talk.

Example: **61*441234567890*11*25#     Then press Send/Talk

This will now change your default ring time before voicemail answers to 25 seconds. To test if it was successful, enter *#61*11# and press Send/Talk for the new value. Hope this helps!

  • FatBoyExtraordinaire

    Thanks for the tip. Never knew about this.

    • Welcome! Earlier builds of Android had awful lag whenever a call came in (aka “Coma”) so when I finally heard my ringtone, many calls get sent to voicemail. This however does the trick nicely.

      • FatBoyExtraordinaire

        Exactly, I missed so many calls because of that. I would look at my phone and see missed call and think, I don’t even remember hearing the thing ring.