Phone Etiquette: A Guide to Follow

guide to phone etiquette

Cell phones are no longer an uncommon fixture in our daily lives. It is more common to be glued to a cell phone than it is to be without one. In fact, statistics show that 46% of cell phone owners say their phone is something “they couldn’t live without”. With this new modern technology so readily available to us, it seems that the majority of the population has let the common courtesy of others be a forgotten consideration. Just because it is the ‘norm’ to be on your phone wherever and whenever, it does not mean you should forget about phone etiquette all together- especially when in public.


Do Not Set Your Phone On The Table:

Whether you are in a business meeting or out to dinner with friends, setting your phone on the table during your meeting is just poor phone etiquette. Simply turn it off or on vibrate and place it in your bag or pocket. Check out this post by Bay Business Help about cell phone and dining etiquette. 

Speaker phone:

This is a simple rule to follow. When you are putting someone on speaker phone, tell them so and also inform them who is in hearing distance from the phone. This is not only a good tip for phone etiquette, but it is also a way to avoid awkward moments from someone hearing something that should have been a private conversation.


Realistically, voicemail is something that is beginning to fade out. Many people don’t even listen to their voicemails these days. Some may even delete them without even listening to them. If you absolutely have to leave a voicemail keep it short and to the point.

Be Aware Of Your Surroundings:

If you are talking on your phone in a public place or setting, be considerate of those around you. When talking on your phone in public you need to be aware of how loud you are speaking into the phone, how loud the volume is on your phone, the language you use and pay attention to where you are walking. You don’t want to hear other people’s conversations and they don’t want to hear yours. Don’t text and walk, or even worse, text and drive! Not only is this rude but you can actually injure yourself or someone else.

 Keep phone etiquette alive with these helpful tips

Common phone etiquette seems to be a dying practice. Because this technology has become such a convenience to use whenever you want, it does not justify the inconsideration towards the people in your vicinity. Learn to put away your phones when in company. So often you are missing out on the present moment because you are too immersed in your phone.

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