Android Enthusiasts Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for enthusiasts and power users of the Android operating system. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

So I have a very, very shiny new Nexus 4. This supports SIP, and I have added a SIP account to the telephony accounts settings page.

Unfortunately I cannot figure out how to actually dial a SIP number. How do I do this?

The telephone dialer has number buttons only, and tapping the number entry field doesn't pop up a keyboard. Rumour has it that previous versions of Android had a 'text' button somewhere on the dialer page, but that's not present in JB. There must be some way to do it...

(Note: I'm not asking how to add a SIP number to a contact. I know how to do that. I want to dial numbers that aren't on my contacts list.)

Update: after some experimenting, I have found that:

  • pressing the DIAL button with the field empty reloads the text field with the last number dialed, which can be a SIP number of the form So I know the text field is capable of handling text.

  • trying to paste text into the field produces gibberish. For the above number, I get 7476874247835.674! (Which is what the letters on the dial pad map to. Except for : and @, which are emitted.) Dialing this number does nothing --- obviously.

share|improve this question
Have you tried long-pressing the menu "button"? On most devices I've tried, this brings up the keyboard. Not sure if this way you could enter the SIP ID to be called -- but it would be worth a try ;) – Izzy Mar 20 '13 at 14:02
A good thought, but unfortunately it doesn't work... also, I have discovered some weirdness. See update. – David Given Mar 20 '13 at 17:24

I wrote a simple app specifically for this task:

share|improve this answer

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.