How to enable and disable call waiting on computer

Enabling call waiting

External computer modemBefore attempting to enable call waiting you must ensure that the phone company has enabled this extra feature on your phone line. If this feature is enabled and the phone line does not have this feature, it is likely that the modem will not work. Below are steps for Windows 95 and 98 users to ensure that call waiting is not enabled on the computer.

  1. Click Start, Settings, and then Control Panel.
  2. Double-click Modems within Control Panel
  3. Click the dialing properties button
  4. Verify that the box for 'disable call waiting' is not checked.

Disabling call waiting

The steps below on how to disable call waiting. It is important to remember that if you have one phone line and you disable call, waiting no one will be able to reach you.

MS-DOS and Windows 3.x users can enable call waiting by following the steps below:

  1. When dialing a BBS or Internet number, place one of the below prefix codes in front of the phone number. This is usually *70 but may vary in your area.

    The available numbers are:

    *70
    #70
    1170

    To separate this number and the phone number, a comma is usually required. Below is an example of what this may look like:

    *70,18011231234

Windows 95 and 98 users can disable call waiting by following the steps below:

  1. Click Start, Settings, Control Panel
  2. Double-click Modems within Control Panel
  3. Click the dialing properties button
  4. Check the box to disable call waiting
  5. Select the appropriate code to disable call waiting, this code is usually *70

Additional information

  • See our modem definition for further information and related links on this term.