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Setting Up Auto Attendant


Auto Attendant allows you to create an automated receptionist with personalized messages to answer the phone or route calls to the appropriate party with features such as dial by name, or dial by number. It is available with the VoiceManager Anywhere package and IP Centrex service.

Auto Attendant improves customer service by making sure your customers reach who they need, when they need them. It also provides an automated way to deliver information to customers such as business hours, directions, and sales promotions.

For help with professional voice recording for your Auto Attendant service, refer to www.coxprovoice.com.

Before you can set up Auto Attendant and manage it through the portal, you need to contact a Cox Business sales representative to add the Auto Attendant feature to your account.

Use the steps below to create an Auto Attendant.


On the MyAccount Sign In page, enter your User ID and Password, then click Sign In.


Under the Voice tab in the My Services section, click Voice Tools.


In the Call Settings section, click Auto Attendant.


Click to expand the following sections

  • General Auto Attendant
  • Auto Attendant for Business Hours
  • Auto Attendant for After Hours

Then follow the steps below for your selection.

General Auto Attendant Settings

Use these steps to configure a general Auto Attendant.

  1. Enter a Name for the Auto Attendant.
  2. Click the Phone Number drop-down menu to select which number the Auto Attendant feature is assigned.
  3. Enter the specific Auto Attendant Extension of the general phone number to which the caller should be sent, if applicable.
  4. Click the Account Number drop-down menu to select the appropriate account to associate to the Auto Attendant.

    : If there is more than one business location, there will be multiple accounts from which to choose.

  5. Click the Time Zone drop-down menu to select the appropriate time.
  6. Choose to allow Dial by Extension or Dial by Name functionality.
  7. Click the radio button to select the Name Dialing Format for customers to use.

Note: You will need to provide dialing instructions to callers in your recording.

Auto Attendant for Business and After Hours Settings

You can create an Autos and menu tree options for callers based on specific time schedules. Use the steps below to configure this type of Auto Attendant.

  • Business Hours uses the Regular Schedule time schedule
  • After Hours uses the Holiday Schedule time schedule.

If you do not need a custom schedule, click the drop-down menu and select Every Day, All Day, or provide a specific time period.
Note: When creating an after hours menu, it is recommended that you apply the business hour since this is an exclusion to the rule.

  1. To build a custom time period, click the Add a Regular Schedule link and enter the required information.
  2. Click either the Default or Custom greeting radio button to designate the messaging desired.
  3. When selecting Custom greetings, click Select Greetings.
  4. Click Browse to add a file.
  5. Click the checkbox to accept the disclaimer.
  6. Click Continue.
  7. Click Enable First-Level Extension Dialing to allow the caller to dial the desired extension immediately following the greeting without waiting for the next level of audio prompts.
  8. Enter an explanation of the menu tree option in the Description field for each number that is listed.
  9. Click the Action drop-down menu for each Description entered.
  10. Click the action desired.
  11. Click Save and Return to return to the main screen.

Result: A message indicates the Auto Attendant settings updated successfully.

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