Call Waiting (you might find it abbreviated as CW in your menus) is a handy feature that is available on most cell phones. With Call Waiting enabled, you will be alerted if you have an incoming call even if you are in the middle of another call. With it, you have the option to either switch to the new call or decline it.
Even though many Android devices have options to enable or disable this feature as part of their stick setup, your carrier, and the geographic region may affect the method you need to use. There are many benefits to Call Waiting on Android, like giving a chance to the people contacting you mid-call to actually reach you, rather than just getting that annoying busy signal or being sent straight to voicemail. However, you might want to disable Call Waiting if you don’t want your calls to have any interruptions during your important calls.
If you have a hard time adjusting these settings through normal means, there are some apps you can try as well, to ease the process. So let’s see what this is all about!
Method 1: Android Stock Options
Even if Android devices come in many varieties, the same basic process can be used to activate Call Waiting on the majority of them. If you find that your smartphone doesn’t have an option to toggle this feature or if the option is grayed out, then please try one of the additional methods listed below.
Open Call Settings
From your home screen, go to Call Functions by tapping the menu button.
Select Call Waiting
While in the Settings menu, tap on Call Waiting.
Toggle Call Waiting On
If you want to enable Call Waiting, all you have to do is toggle the feature on. If you want to disable Call Waiting, you just have to turn it off from the same button.
Note: If the option is grayed out for you, or nowhere to be found, please try any of the other methods below.
Method 2: Options from Major Carriers
We will discuss two major types of carriers, Major American ones, and European and Australian GSM or UMTS Cell Phones.
Call Waiting Options for Major American Carriers
Verizon, AT&T Mobility, T-Mobile and Sprint all provide Call Waiting functionality to their device on all standard plans by default. Exceptions may include pay-as-you-go plans, which sometimes do not support Call Waiting.
Note: Some phones on these carriers don’t have the option to turn Call Waiting off, but it can be temporarily disabled on a per-call basis by dialing a specific star code.
Accept or Decline Incoming Call
Since Call Waiting will be enabled by default, you will receive a notification when somebody tries to reach you during a call. So in order to accept the call press the green or blue button and you’ll switch to the new call. You can also decline the call and if you have voicemail set up, the caller will be redirected there and you will be able to continue our initial conversation.
Switch Between Calls
It is possible to switch between calls by tapping the Switch Button. You can end either conversation by switching to it and hanging up. Once you do that, you will be moved back to the remaining call.
Call Waiting for European/Australian GSM or UMTS Cell Phones
Phones connected to GSM or UMTS require a different method for enabling or disabling Call Waiting. Typically, changing settings for this feature can only be done by dialing the appropriate codes.
Activate Call Waiting
Simply dial *43# and a message will confirm your activation.
Deactivate Call Waiting
Just like with activation, just dial #43# and a message will confirm deactivation.
Check Status of Call Waiting
If you’re not sure whether or not you have Call Waiting activated, dial *#43# and a message will tell you the status of Call Waiting for your device.
Method 3: Call Waiting Enabler – Free App
Note: This app will only work if you are on a GSM Network.
Note: Your phone has to physically dial the relevant codes, so it can take a few seconds for the changes to go into effect.
What Other People Ask
How can you disable Call Waiting?
There are many options, from toggling off the built-in option form your phone, or temporarily disabling it by dialing *70 for USA Carriers before dialing the number or #43# for European or Australian GSM or UMTS phones.
Why should you enable Call Waiting?
If you’re waiting for a very important call, but you have to answer others in the meanwhile, enabling Call Waiting is like keeping an eye out. However, if you prefer your voicemail handling incoming calls for you, we suggest reading our guide on How to Setup Voicemail on Android.
What is Call Waiting on Android?
Sometimes, when you’re in a call, somebody else what to contact you. If you have Call Waiting enabled, you get notified about the second call and can choose whether or not to take it and switch between the calls. If you have it disabled, the second call will go straight to voicemail.
Call Waiting – Talk to more people at once
Call Waiting is an infinitely useful feature that is widely available on most Android devices. Knowing how to use this feature will enable you to control the degree to which you are disturbed during your phone calls.
What method did you use? Don’t hesitate to express your opinions in the comments down below!