How Do I Register My DECT Cordless Phone Handset?

Find/Register Handset button on a Gigaset Telephone

Last updated on April 11th, 2023 at 02:32 pm

It’s safe to say that the process of registering an additional cordless chone handset is similar no matter which brand or model of cordless phone you have.  They all follow a similar procedure although they may differ slightly depending on the handset settings.  In this post I’ll run you through the procedure so you’ll at least have an idea of what to look for.

In essence you’ll be putting both your base unit, (the main box that is plugged into your telephone socket), and your unregistered handset into registration mode at the same time so they’ll effectively be “looking” for each other to make the connection.

Before we start

There’s two things you’ll need to be familiar with before we start.

  1. The “find” button on the base unit
  2. The register handset option within your handset’s menu options.

Finding the “Find” Button on the Base unit.

On your base unit, you’ll need to look for the “Find” button.
This is the button you’d press if you lost your handsets.  
When you press this once it should ring all of your currently registered handsets. 
Some manufacturers label this as “Page” or “Find”
Panasonic & Gigaset base units usually have a little logo of a circle with three semi circles (like a speaker).

Familiarise yourself with your handset’s menu system.

Every DECT handset should have some way of navigating its menu system. This usually compromises phone-book entries, last numbers called, answering machine messages and, almost always, a set-up menu.

If you browse through the set-up menu you should find a “Register Handset” option.  This is what you’re looking for.


  1. To put the base unit into registration mode you’ll need to press and hold the “find” Button for anywhere between 3 to 10 seconds.

    This time can vary between brands, however, depending on the phone’s model you should hear an audible beep to say that the base is in registration mode. It will be a continuous beeping or flashing indicator. Some systems give you no indication at all. You can still try the next step if this is the case – it’s the best way to find out.
  2. Once the base unit is in registration mode, you’ll need to browse your handset’s menus and find the “register handset” option. Select that.
  3. Your handset should now briefly display something along the lines of a “searching…” message.
  4. You should soon hear a beep, or see a message on the handset indicating success…
  5. The next step is usually a pin code. 
    The default pin code on 99.9% of Cordless DECT phones is 0000
    If you haven’t ever changed your base pin code, enter 0000 at this stage and confirm.
  6. The handset should give some indication that it has been registered at this point.
    You should hear an audible beep, or see flash, or a message on the handset. 
  7. The best way to test if the handset has registered is to try and make a call on the handset. 
    If you can hear a dialling tone, then you’ve been sucessful. The handset is now registered!
    If not, you can run through this process as many times as you need to.

You can always refer to the instruction manual that came with your phone if you’re not sure about any of the steps detailed here. PDF User Guides are commonly made available online so even if you have lost them, they’re usually pretty easy to find.

PMC Telecom

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