Coronavirus: Here’s How You Can Skip Pre-Recorded Awareness Message (For Indian Readers)


A man wearing a face mask talks on a mobile phone outside a hospital on March 05, 2020 in Mumbai, India. An isolation ward has been set up at Kasturba Hospital for coronavirus (COVID-19) patients. (Photo by Himanshu Bhatt/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

With the outbreak of Coronavirus in India, the government is attempting its best to keep the situation in the control. To spread awareness among the population, the Indian government has decided to change the pre-call ringtone to a pre-recorded message. The recorded message talks about the coronavirus (i.e. COVID-19) along with steps that can be taken to prevent it. Furthermore, the message also informs who to contact if the person has caught the virus or is concerned about it.

Although the pre-call announcement is a great initiative, it might interfere when the user has to call emergency services. This is because the entire message is quite long and plays on every single call. This also becomes quite annoying when you are on the call back to back. Well, there’s a simple workaround that you can do in order to skip the message.

Bypass the Coronavirus Message With These Simple Steps

Bypass Coronavirus Message

The coronavirus pre-call announcement has replaced the regular ringtone for all the telecom users in India. This includes all the major telecom operators such as Airtel, Reliance Jio, Vodafone and more. As promised, here’s how you can bypass the coronavirus message on Airtel, Reliance Jio and Vodafone operators.

  1. Make the call to any person or emergency services.
  2. Instead of default rings, you will first hear the pre-call coronavirus announcement. In order to skip it, you have to open the dial pad.
  3. Press any number on the dial-pad. For example, you can press either 1 or #.
  4. You will now be redirected to the default ringing sound of the call.

That’s it! This is all you have to do in order to bypass the coronavirus message for any telecom operators. It is worth noting that there is no permanent way to stop this message. Every time you make a call, you will have to do this to skip the message. With that said, we will recommend hearing the announcement carefully for at least a couple of times. This will make sure that you are aware of the virus and can also spread rightful information.

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