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android – How do I get the dialer to open with phone number displayed?

Posted by: admin March 10, 2020 Leave a comment


I don’t need to call the phone number, I just need the dialer to open with the phone number already displayed. What Intent should I use to achieve this?

How to&Answers:

Two ways to achieve it.

1) Need to start the dialer via code, without user interaction.

You need Action_Dial,

use below code it will open Dialer with number specified

Intent intent = new Intent(Intent.ACTION_DIAL);

The ‘tel:’ prefix is required, otherwhise the following exception will be thrown:
java.lang.IllegalStateException: Could not execute method of the activity.

Action_Dial doesn’t require any permission.

If you want to initiate the call directly without user’s interaction , You can use action Intent.ACTION_CALL. In this case, you must add the following permission in your AndroidManifest.xml:

<uses-permission android:name="android.permission.CALL_PHONE" />

2) Need user to click on Phone_Number string and start the call.


You need to use TextView with below property.

android:linksClickable=”true” a textView property

You don’t need to use intent or to get permission via this way.


Pretty late on the answer, but if you have a TextView that you’re showing the phone number in, then you don’t need to deal with intents at all, you can just use the XML attribute android:autoLink="phone" and the OS will automatically initiate an ACTION_DIAL Intent.


Okay, it is going to be extremely late answer to this question. But here is just one sample if you want to do it in Kotlin.

val intent = Intent(Intent.ACTION_DIAL)
intent.data = Uri.parse("tel:<number>")

Thought it might help someone.


As @ashishduh mentioned above, using android:autoLink="phone is also a good solution. But this option comes with one drawback, it doesn’t work with all phone number lengths. For instance, a phone number of 11 numbers won’t work with this option. The solution is to prefix your phone numbers with the country code.


08034448845 won’t work

but +2348034448845 will


 android:text="+91 22 2222 2222"

This is how you can open EditText label assigned number on dialer directly.


Add permission in manifest :

<uses-permission android:name="android.permission.CALL_PHONE" />

Make button or any widget example : btnCall

btnCall.setOnClickListener(new View.OnClickListener() {
    public void onClick(View v) {
        Intent callIntent = new Intent(Intent.ACTION_DIAL);
        callIntent.setData(Uri.parse("tel: +98990*******");