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How to activate dial pad autocomplete on Android 4.3

Do you remember the time when you actually had to memorize phone numbers? Today most phone calls are launched via address book or contacts in your smartphone. There are still some users that still do (though i think this is a dying breed) and with Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, there’s an autocomplete dial-pad feature that should help those users with certain devices which include the Nexus 4 and the Nexus 5. The only thing is that it isn’t automatically turned on. Here is how to do it. 

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When I asked around the Editorial room how many still enter phone numbers in manually, everyone said no. On top of the usual address books and call logs to quickly get to phone numbers, there’s also the number keys that allow you to enter a name with the letters which are associated to every number. This is where autocomplete is a real help.

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First you go to the settings in the phone app and then check the box for autocomplete. Easy! © AndroidPIT

In order to activate this feature, you need of course have Android 4.3 and go to the telephone app of your smartphone. Open the settings at the bottom right and check off the box that says ‘dial pad autocomplete’. Done! As of now on the system will offer you a phone number from your contacts when you manually start entering a name or a number on the dialpad. This might not work on your device, so just check the steps mentioned above and see if it available. Unfortunately, this feature isn't available on Samsung devices, but hopefully it will be in the future.


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  • Mark R. Nov 11, 2013 Link to comment

    cool...just turned it on...

  • iMaC74 Nov 11, 2013 Link to comment

    GS4 Sim Free official 4.3 and there's no settings like that in my list well I can't see a "Dial Pad Auto complete" setting you need to specify on which device all 4.3's ain't the same depending on what device

    • Loie Favre
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      Nov 11, 2013 Link to comment

      Yes, iMAC74, you're right. This was done on a Nexus 4 and when I checked on the Galaxy Note 3 it wasn't there, like you say with the Galaxy S4. Sorry about the confusion, I'll make a change in the article. It's a shame that it is not a feature on Samsung devices.


  • I have a SG4 and cannot find any autocomplete box under settings. Yes I do have 4.3 but I am on Verizon. Help

  • How can I get this auto complete option am using jelly bean first there any app for it

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