How do I register my DECT cordless phone handset?

It’s safe to say that the process of registering a Cordless Phone 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, you’ll need to familiarise yourself
with a few things

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 registered handsets.  Some manufacturers label this as “Page” or “Find”.  Panasonic 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 of 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 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’ll 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.  Click that.
  3. Your handset should now briefly display something along the lines of a “searching…” message.
  4. 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.
  5. At this point you should get some sort of confirmation that your handset has been registered – an audible beep, or flash, or a message on the handset. 
  6. The best way to test if the handset has registered is to simply try and make a call on the handset.  If you get a dialling tone, the handset has been registered. If not, you can run through this process as many times as you need to.

If you’re not sure, you can as always refer to the instruction manual that came with your phone. PDF User Guides are commonly made available online so even if you have lost it, they’re usually pretty easy to find.

PMC Telecom

For more support options, please consult your handset manufacturer below:

Gigaset Support

BT Support & User guides

Panasonic DECT Support