Phone Rings Twice Then Goes To Voicemail? – Android fix

If you ring someone and the phone rings once or twice then goes to voicemail, there are a few reasons this can happen.

It could be that as the person you are calling may have blocked you.

The person may have their calls set up to be diverted, or their phone is on do not disturb because they are busy. Whatever the reason, it can be frustrating.

Voicemail isn’t perfect, but it usually shouldn’t stop you from receiving calls – and you can even retrieve deleted voicemails in some circumstances too.

In this article, we will look at some of the reasons why a phone may ring twice then goes to voicemail.

Phone Rings Twice Then Goes To Voicemail? – Android fix

If you’re making a call and the phone rings twice before heading to voicemail, there’s a good chance that you’ve been blocked.

It is quite easy to manually block incoming calls on on both a mobile or landline phone, which means that it’s the most likely scenario when it comes to blocked calls.

However, it’s not the only reason why you may go straight through to an automated message after two rings – it could also be down to the other personal having forward calls set up, or even simple signal interference.

So if your phone rings twice and goes to voicemail, there’s a few other reasons why this may happen.

Here’s the rundown of what else may be causing your phone ringing issue.

Are you blocked? Maybe so

The first thing you’re going to want to ask yourself is; am I blocked?

If you ring someone on the phone and it rings twice then goes to voicemail one reason this could happen is that you may be blocked.

As disconcerting as this may be, it is hard to tell whether you have been blocked or not.

One way you can test the theory of whether or not you are blocked is to send a message to the person you are trying to call.

If the message is delivered then you can safely assume you are not blocked by the person you have been trying to call.

If your message doesn’t make it through to the recipient’s phone, you could be blocked.

This can also confirm to you that the phone you are trying to call is actually on, so it is not going to voicemail because the phone is physically turned off.

Are my calls or the recipients being forwarded/diverted?

Another reason you or the person you are trying to get hold of is experiencing the problem mentioned may be because the phone is diverting calls, or it is set to Do Not Disturb.

This is actually a great option if you are in a meeting or a place where you can’t take calls, as it won’t allow your phone to ring so you aren’t disturbed.

To take your calls off Do Not Disturb follow the steps listed:

  1. Scroll to the notification tray from the top of the home screen.
  2. Click on the Do Not Disturb icon to turn it off.

Do not disturb is fairly common, and there’s a good chance that the other person isn’t even aware that it’s enabled.

Diverted calls are a little different, as you generally need to enable this feature yourself.

However, to turn off diverted calls you can follow the process below:

  1. Go to the phone icon/application.
  2. Choose ‘Menu.’
  3. Go to ‘Settings.’
  4. Choose ‘Calls.’
  5. Choose ‘Call Forwarding.’
  6. If any of the options are enabled for the following choices to turn them off; Always Forward, Forward when busy, Forward when unanswered, Forward when unreachable.

So if your phone rings twice and goes to voicemail, it’s worth checking that you haven’t got diverted calls set up.

What are other reasons a phone may ring twice then go to voicemail?

As mentioned above, you can test if the phone you are calling is off or not by sending a text message.

The message will be sent, but not received until the phone is switched back on if it is out of use – maybe to save battery etc.

Another reason that the phone may ring twice and then go to voicemail could be that the person has their phone on airplane mode.

Or you may have your phone on airplane mode, to turn off airplane mode on Android take the following steps:

  1. Go to the notification tray by scrolling down from the top of the home screen.
  2. Tap the airplane mode icon to turn it off.

Alternatively, you or the person you are attempting to call may have no signal or be in a low signal area so the phone cannot connect the call that you or they are trying to make.

You can also perform a soft reset on your phone, which should take things back to its original state.

This will resolve any kind of software bug or system corruption on your device.

You may also want to reset network settings on your phone as a last resort too.

This will ensure that if your network is causing any sort of issue with your phone calls, it’ll be fixed.


In conclusion, there are many reasons why a phone may ring twice and then go to voicemail.

It is important not to be paranoid and automatically assume you are blocked, as there are several plausible reasons why you may be experiencing this issue.

If the issue is on your end, then you need to speak to your network provider to see what the problem may be if your phone is not on Do Not Disturb or in Airplane mode as it may be a setting on the provider’s end.

Being blocked is the most common reason for the 2 rings then voicemail issue. If this is the case, the best thing you can do is move on.

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