Updated August 2020
Conference calls are the staple of any team, remote or on-site. They’re quick and convenient for everyone involved, especially when there aren’t any visual presentations (and you don’t have the time to set up an elaborate video meeting).
There are tons of ways you can do this. You probably already know about the dozens of conference call services out there, or already use the inbuilt conference calling feature in your uber-versatile smartphone. But that method has its limitations—we’ll go into that later. There’s a better way, and that’s the RingCentral app.
In this article, we’ll cover a few options for making a conference call on an Android device. Skip ahead if you’re interested in a certain section:
- Another option for making conference calls on Android
- How to make a conference call on Android using the RingCentral app
- How to make a conference call with your Android phone
Before we get into the steps to make a conference call on Android, might we propose an alternative solution that’s possibly better if you’re running a business?
The RingCentral app is built for making life easier at work, and the conference calling tool comes packed with team collaboration features that are designed to make your conference calls more productive. All you need is a RingCentral Office subscription, which starts at $19.99 per month.
Once you have that, you’re good to go—just download the desktop and mobile app to make phone calls and send messages in real time to your team.
- You don’t have to pay your mobile service provider’s charges for local or international calls since your RingCentral Office subscription covers all your conference calling charges. (A biggie if you have remote teammates or clients in other countries.)
- Other than just audio conferencing, the RingCentral app also lets you do video conferencing, team messaging, screen sharing, and more—all from the same app.
- Instead of dialing in participants one by one, you can provide a single conference bridge phone number or send out a link and an access code through email or text. This saves tons of time.
- You can host a conference with up to 1,000 attendees using their IP desk phone while in the office, or the RingCentral desktop app on their computer, or the RingCentral mobile app while on the go. Yep, you’ve got options.
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Step 1: Download the RingCentral app from the Google Play Store.
Here’s the link. Once it’s downloaded, create a new account or sign in if you already have an account.
Step 2: Choose a few contacts from your directory to start a conference call with.
Step 3: You can also turn a regular call into a conference call by tapping “Add.”
There are other useful features too if you tap “More”—you can put someone on hold, transfer them, switch to using your carrier’s network instead of using Wi-Fi, even record your call:
Step 4: That’s it! Just choose someone to add to your conference call.
Need to share your screen? Just flip it to a video call. You’ll notice that there’s a Video button on your calling interface—just tap the icon to switch your voice-only conference call to a video conference call.
Step 5 (optional): Send out the invites to your attendees!
Most (if not all) Android phones have an built-in conference calling feature that you can set up from your call screen. You call up one person first and then merge that call one by one with the other attendees of the conference.
Here’s a step-by-step tutorial to show you how you can go about doing this.
Before you begin, you’ll want to make sure you have all the attendees of the conference call added to your contact list.
Step 1: Call up the first person you want to include in your conference.
Step 2: Once the call connects, tap the “Add Call” button at the bottom left of the screen.
The screen will open up to your contacts list. Any member of the two-way call can do this:
Step 3: Find the next person you wish to add to your call and select their contact number.
Once the call connects, you’ll be able to speak with them without the first caller hearing you:
Step 4: Tap the “Merge Call” button at the bottom left of the screen.
Once you do this, all three of you will be able to hear and speak with one another:
Step 5: To add more people, repeat the preceding steps.
Again, any one of the three callers can do this.
To end the call, press the red phone icon as you normally would.
And that’s it!
Now, this method, while convenient, has its limitations. For instance, the steps involved can be quite tedious when you’re trying to conference more than four people or trying to include people in other countries. Also, the cost of making international or out-of-state calls can sometimes be quite high.
Conference calling from your Android phone has never been easier
Staying in touch with your team is an essential part of remote working. The quality of your communications has a huge impact on the quality of your team.
So, when the tedious parts of setting up online meetings and conference calls are out of the picture, and your team follows proper meeting etiquette, what you’re left with is butter-smooth collaboration. And that’s what RingCentral was made for. 😉