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Call forwarding is a handy feature that allows you to route calls from one phone number to another. This can be useful in many situations, and it’s not difficult to set up. We’ll show you how to do it.

Note: Depending on your cellular carrier, this process may differ. For example, Google Fi users can only set up call forwarding through the Google Fi app. If you don’t see the “Call Forwarding” option, look up how it works for your carrier.

How to Forward Calls on a Google Pixel

We’ll start with a Google Pixel phone, which uses the “Phone by Google” app. This app can be installed on most Android devices as well.

First, open the Phone app and tap the three-dot menu icon in the top right. Select “Settings.”

Open the Phone and tap "Settings."

Now go to “Calls.”

Select "Calls."

Select “Call Forwarding.”

Select "Call Forwarding."

You’ll see four forwarding options. Select the one you’d like to use.

  • Always Forward: All calls will go to the secondary number.
  • When Busy: Calls go to the secondary number if you are on another call.
  • Call Forwarding When Unanswered: Calls go to the secondary number if you don’t answer the call.
  • When Unreached: Calls go to the secondary number if your phone is off, in airplane mode, or has no signal.

Call Forwarding choices.

A pop-up will appear for you to enter your secondary number for forwarding. Type in your number and tap “Enable” or “Update.”

Enter number and "Turn On."

How to Forward Calls on a Samsung Galaxy

Samsung Galaxy devices come with Samsung’s own phone app, which is what we’ll be using here.

First, open the Phone app and tap the three-dot menu icon in the top right. Select “Settings.”

Open the "Settings."

Scroll down and select “Supplementary Services.”

Select "Supplementary Services."

Select “Call Forwarding.”

Select "Call Forwarding."

You’ll see four forwarding options. Select the one you’d like to use.

  • Always Forward: All calls will go to the secondary number.
  • When Busy: Calls go to the secondary number if you are on another call.
  • When Unanswered: Calls go to the secondary number if you don’t answer the call.
  • When Unreached: Calls go to the secondary number if your phone is off, in airplane mode, or has no signal.

Call Forwarding options.

A pop-up will appear for you to enter your secondary number for forwarding. Type in your number and tap “Turn On” or “Update.”

Enter number and update.

That’s it! Again, this process may vary—or not be available at all—depending on your mobile carrier of choice. If that’s the case, you’ll need to do a little extra digging to find out how it works.

Of course, this feature isn’t just for Android phones. iPhone owners can set up call-forwarding on an iPhone, too.

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