Change call settings

You can change your phone’s call ringtone, vibration settings, quick responses, and call history display.

Note: Some of these steps work only on Android 7.0 and up. Learn how to check your Android version.

Change sound and vibration settings

  1. Open the Phone app phone.
  2. Tap More More and then Settings.
  3. Tap Sounds and vibration.
    • To pick from available ringtones, tap Phone ringtone.
    • To make your phone vibrate when you get a call, tap Also vibrate for calls.
    • To hear sounds when you tap the dialpad, tap Dial pad tones. (If you don't see "Dial pad tones," tap Keypad tones.)

Change caller name display

You can change how your callers' names are formatted and listed. You can't change caller names in all languages.

  1. Open the Phone app phone.
  2. Tap More More and then Settings.
  3. Tap Display options.
    • To pick how your phone sorts calls in your history, tap Sort by.
    • To pick how your phone shows contact names in your history, tap Name format.

Change text responses

When you can’t pick up a call, you can send an automatic text message instead. Here’s how to change your automatic text messages:

  1. Open the Phone app phone.
  2. Tap More More and then Settings.
  3. Tap Quick responses.
  4. Tap a response from the list.
  5. Edit the response.
  6. Tap Ok.

Change more settings

Use TTY or RTT with calls

You can add text support to your phone calls.

Note: If you're not sure whether you can use TTY or RTT with your device and service plan, check with your carrier.

  1. Open the Phone app phone.
  2. Tap More More and then Settings.
  3. Tap Accessibility.
  4. If you see TTY mode, tap it.
    • To hear and speak on the phone with no text support, tap TTY Off.
    • To use typed text in both directions, tap TTY Full.
    • To type text and hear the other person reply aloud, tap TTY HCO.
    • To speak aloud and read the other person's reply as text, tap TTY VCO.
  5. If you see Real-time text (RTT), turn on the switch. Learn more about using real-time text with calls.
Turn off nearby places search

You can search nearby places inside the Phone app, even if they’re not on your contacts list. To do this, Phone needs permission to use your location.

  1. Open the Phone app phone.
  2. Tap More More and then Settings and then Nearby places.
  3. At the top of the screen, tap Nearby places.

Note: Under "Google Account," if you see Location permission is denied, tap it.

Get help making calls when you travel

Your Phone app can help you make calls while you travel outside your home country. When you call a stored contact, your Phone app will try to add the correct country code.

This setting is on by default.

Change your home country

Your Phone app will automatically set your home country based on your phone number. To change your home country:

  1. Open the Phone app phone.
  2. Tap More More and then Settings and then Calls and then Assisted dialing.
  3. Tap Default home country.
  4. Choose a country.
  5. Tap Save.

Stop automatically adding country codes

  1. Open the Phone app phone.
  2. Tap More More and then Settings and then Calls and then Assisted dialing.
  3. Turn off Assisted dialing.