How to Save a Conference Call (and Access Code) as a Contact

phone with active teleconference

Dialing a conference call does not have to be a tedious process. Your iPhone or Android phone can automatically dial the call and enter a confirmation code for you. Just create a special contact type.

Best of all, it speeds things up when you need to connect to a conference call while driving. At a time when we can use Google Assistant and Siri in our cars, the manual dialing of a phone number is so obsolete. I called the conference bridge for my daily work at least once a week and I was desperately looking for a way to communicate with my colleagues without having to look down and enter the numbers.

Fortunately, it is very easy to automate that. Whether you use iPhone or Android, you simply set the conference bridge as a contact you can call, either by tapping it or by using a voice assistant.

A quick warning

You can only register the conference as a contact if your company uses a confirmation code or a unique conference ID. If the ID changes at each meeting, you will need to dial the number manually each time or you will simply have multiple contacts if your company rotates conference codes.

How to record a meeting as a contact on Android

I use Google Pixel 2 XL for this guide, but the steps are similar to those of other Android phones. Start by opening the Contacts or Contacts application and selecting "Create a new contact".

tap create a new contact

Add a name for the meeting and any other contact information you need.

Add the ten-digit phone number, and then press the symbols button in the lower-left corner of the keypad. Press the "Pause" button to add a pause to the number (it appears as a comma), then enter the conference ID.

add the ten-digit number, press the pause button, then add the conference ID number

Tap the check mark at the top right to save the contact.

register the contact

The last thing to do is to do a test call. Depending on how your company has configured the conference bridge, you may need to add extra breaks to get the timing right. If this is the case, change the phone number, add a pause or two, and try again.

Once everything is nailed, you will always have a click or a voice command to connect to the meeting!

How to record a meeting as a contact on iPhone

As on an Android phone, first open the Contacts application, then tap the plus sign in the upper right corner.

click on the plus icon to create a new contact

Add a name for the meeting and any other details you want.

add a name and other details

Add the ten-digit phone number, then press the symbols button in the lower-left corner.

add a number then click on the plus icon on the numeric keypad

Press the "Pause" button to add a pause (it appears as a comma), then type the conference ID. Tap "Done" at the top right to save the contact.

add a break then the extension

The last thing to do is to do a test call. Depending on how your company has configured the conference bridge, you may need to add extra breaks to get the timing right. If this is the case, simply change the phone number and add a pause or two and try again.

Once everything is nailed, you will always have a click or a voice command to connect to the meeting!

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