How to Turn On a VTech Phone

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The VTech company sells cordless phone systems that come with varying numbers of handsets. To turn on a VTech handset, install and charge the battery, then register the phone with the base unit. Once the phone is registered, it can make and receive calls.

  • Remove the battery cover from the back of the phone. Most models have a door that slides downward to reveal the battery compartment.

  • Install the battery by inserting the connector on the battery wires over the pins in the handset battery compartment. The connector will only go on one way.

  • Insert the battery pack into the compartment and replace the battery cover.

  • Charge the phone by sitting it in the charger for a minimum of 16 hours on the first charge.

  • Place the fully-charged phone onto the cradle of the base unit and wait for the display to show "PRESS FIND HNDST 4 SEC ON BASE." If the message does not come up, lift the phone off the base and put it back in the cradle.

  • Press and hold the "FIND HANDSET" button on the base unit for approximately four seconds. The display on the phone will change to "PLEASE WAIT," then "HANDSET X REGISTERED."

  • Test the phone by making a call.

Tips & Warnings

  • Refer to the manual for your specific phone if these instructions don't work for your particular model.
  • Depending on the model, some base units don't have a "FIND HANDSET" button. Press the "MENU" button on the base, and use the arrow keys to scroll to "Register Handset." Press the "SELECT" button to register the new phone.

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