Once you've downloaded the app and linked your phone number, you're ready to start making calls.
1. Open the app
Open the app on your smartphone, tablet, or computer.
2. Dial 18001 followed by the phone number
If you’re using a smartphone with the Relay UK app, 18001 is automatically included before the number you want to dial.
If you are using the NGT Lite app, enter 18001 followed by the full phone number of the person you want to call (including the dialling code) on your phone keypad.
3. Go back to the app
On the NGT Lite app, toggle back to the app on your smartphone, tablet, or computer. If the app has timed-out while you’ve been dialling the number, press Reconnect.
Press Join to join the call.
4. Start the conversation
When the person you’re calling answers, the Relay Assistant (RA) will introduce the call and explain how the Relay UK service works if necessary.
The RA will then type the other person’s conversation for you to read in the app. You can either type your reply or just speak through the phone as normal.
5. Finish the call
When you’ve finished your conversation, disconnect the call on your phone and close the app on your smartphone, tablet, or computer.
Making a call on a computer explained in British Sign Language (BSL)
See how to make a call with NGT Lite using a Windows PC
How to answer a call using the app
As long as you’re connected to the internet, you can open the app as you answer a call.
When your phone rings…
1. Answer it and open the Relay UK app .
2. You’ll see a pop-up showing the call.
3. Click Join.
Answering a call explained in British Sign Language (BSL)
See how to answer a call with NGT Lite using a Windows PC
Tips for making and receiving successful calls
Use the app
Whether your call is going via a Relay Assistant (RA) or the other person is typing direct, always read the conversation so you don't miss anything.
Speak or listen
If you can speak, use the phone to talk then read their reply. If you can hear but can't speak, listen on the phone and type your reply back on the app.
Try a headset
If you're using a smartphone, it might be easier to use a headset or hands-free. Just be careful with the volume on hands-free if you're in a public place as other people may be able to hear your conversation.
Watch the words
If you can speak and read at the same time, keep an eye on the app for any interruptions or words of confirmation from the hearing person.
Make the conversation as natural as possible – it's OK to stop mid-speech to read what the hearing person says or to pause, hesitate, or laugh.
The Relay Assistant will help
If there are too many interruptions and the conversation is difficult to understand, the Relay Assistant (RA) may step in if you're having trouble controlling the call.
How to call 999, get help, save conversations and make it easy for people to call you
Dial 18000 to connect directly to a Relay Assistant and 999.
Get help calling
You can contact a Relay Assistant before making your call if you need help.
Save a conversation
Save your typed conversation by pressing the Save Conversation button.
Make it easy for people and businesses to call you without having to dial 18002.
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