How to set up cordless Panasonic phones

The Panasonic brand has earned popularity through its aesthetic design and superior aspects that grace its users with utmost convenience. Even better is that you can expand your Panasonic cordless phone by pairing more handsets depending on your specific model and get to enjoy the convenience of each. Other exemplary aspects include eco-mode, caller ID, nuisance call blocker, and the intercom feature that allows intercommunication between handsets of the same base unit. All these appealing features could make you want to see your new phone up and running ASAP for you to relish the convenience it brings. That said, this article entails a step-by-step guide on how to set up Panasonic cordless phones of various models. 

The first step to setting up your Panasonic cordless phone is to connect it to a power source. This step involves plugging in the base unit and installing the batteries into the handset. Once the handset is on, press the MENU button, select the settings/setup icon, and then navigate to the ‘Register’ option. You should see a prompt to enter the default PIN (0000) upon clicking on ‘Register’. Enter the PIN for the handset to start registering, then long-press the button located on the side of the base unit until it beeps., after which you can select the handset’s number, and you’re good to go.

Here goes a breakdown of the entire process.

How to set up cordless Panasonic phones 

Among the exemplary Panasonic cordless phones’ aspects is the ease of installation. With Panasonic cordless phones, you don’t have to run wires or program each handset separately since all programming is stored in the base unit and is accessible to all handsets. Follow these steps to set up your Panasonic cordless phone effectively:

  • Plug the base unit into the power source

The cordless aspect of your Panasonic phone saves you the hassle of running wires to set up the unit. Therefore, all you should do is plug the power cable into the base unit, which will serve as the centerpiece.

  • Install the handset’s batteries

Panasonic cordless phones often come with compatible batteries, and this is a plus. Otherwise, for a Panasonic DECT 6.0, feel free to use batteries from other DECT cordless phone models. Gently slide off the battery cover and install the batteries. You should hear a beep sound to signal that the batteries are in place, after which you can reinstate the cover.

  • Factory reset for second-hand phones

You may skip this step if your Panasonic cordless phone is brand new. For previously owned phones:

  • Press the handset’s MENU button and navigate to System Settings, then click OK.
  • Press the pound (#) button, followed by the code 136, and dial.
  • You should see the prompt ‘Are you sure?’
  • Select YES, then click OK to factory reset the system

By doing so, you will eliminate all the previously saved information before programming the device with your details.

  • Go to Settings/Setup

Press the Middle Softkey to access the handset’s menu. In the menu, navigate to the settings/setup icon, then press OK.

  • Register the handset to the base station

Upon selecting the settings icon, you should see a list of various options, including Recall, Dial Mode, and Handset registration. Register the handset through the steps below:

  • Navigate to the handset registration option, often labeled as ‘Register HS’ depending on your phone’s model.
  • Once you select the register handset option, you will see a prompt to enter the unit’s PIN. Enter the default PIN, usually four zeros (0000).
  • Subsequently, long-press the locator button, often found on the side or at the front of the base unit, depending on the phone’s model. Press the button until you hear a beep sound to signify that the registration is successful.
  • Since this is the first handset connected to the base unit, select number one as the handset number, and you’re good to go.

Note that:  There is a port at the back of the base unit of your cordless phone where you are to plug in one end of the phone line, and at the other end, you can plug into a wall jack or to a modem cable. The connection of the phone line to the port is critical since your phone won’t be able to do the essential function of making or receiving calls without it.

Your Panasonic cordless phone would be ready for use after successfully linking the phone line to the base unit.

How to program Panasonic cordless phones 

To program your cordless Panasonic phone, you can either scroll through your phone’s display menu or directly employ some commands. Programming your phone by the scroll method involves selecting and pressing on the MENU button and then navigating the MENU by pressing the up or down navigation arrows to pick on the menu of your preference and then press on OK to select. If you want to choose an item from the submenu, use the up or down navigation arrows. You can also pick a setting from the submenu using those up or down arrows. Press on the OFF button to leave the operation.

To use direct commands to program your Panasonic cordless phone, click the menu button and enter the feature code, depending on the function you wish to configure. To exit the operation, press OFFF. Specific feature codes are assigned to different programs. Select the menu to view the settings for the date and time. Select a specified date and time from the options on the display screen. To be more precise, provide the current date and time, then the hour and minute. Select whether the current time is AM or PM using the navigation arrows. Remember to save your modifications before exiting the process by pressing the OFF button.

To put your phone in night mode:

  1. Go to the menu, then browse through the options in the menu.
  2. Pick the night mode option and specify the hour and minute for when you want your device to go into night mode.
  3. Specify whether the time you have picked is in the PM or AM using the navigation arrows.
  4. Before using the OFF button to end this procedure, make sure you save your modifications.

The night mode allows you to choose when your device will not accept calls and is particularly useful when you don’t want to be disturbed. To turn on or off night mode, go to the menu, explore the menu settings using the up and down navigation arrows, and save your choices.

To set the alarm on your Panasonic cordless phone, go to the menu and use the up and down arrows to traverse the menu settings to your chosen alarm choice; that is, how often you want your alarm to go off. After that, you should select a time when you want your alarm to go off and specify whether your chosen time is in the AM/PM. Use the up and down arrows to select the tone you want your alarm to sound like when it goes off. Then save your modifications. To quit, use the OFF button.

Press the MENU soft key to program your voicemail access button, then use the down navigation arrows to press down until you locate the original setting. Scroll down to voicemail and select the original option. Save a phone number to which you’d want to give voicemail access. This step should be followed by two or three pauses, with the last pause being followed by keying in the passcode.

How do I connect my Panasonic cordless phone to the base?

Your Panasonic cordless phone may lose connection to the base unit despite registering it during the initial setup. Additionally, the handset will most likely lose connection whenever it is far from its base unit, thanks to barriers such as walls. However, fret not, since you can easily connect your handset to the base unit through the steps below:

  •  Press the MENU button to display the handset’s icons
  • Navigate the menu and select the settings/setup icon.
  • Scroll to the ‘Register’ option and select ‘Register Handset’, then press OK.
  • Long-press the locator button on the base unit for at least five seconds to initiate the process.
  • Once you release the locator button, give the handset a minute to finalize the registration process.
  • You should then see a prompt to enter the base PIN on the handset’s display. Enter the default PIN (0000) and press OK. If the process is successful, the unit produces a beep sound to denote that the handset has been connected to the base station.

How To Pair Panasonic DECT Phone To Base Unit

Panasonic cordless phones are expandable to a maximum of six handsets depending on the model in question. The expandable aspect comes in handy in busy environments with many phone users. If you just bought a new DECT handset to expand the system or replace your old handset, follow the steps below to pair the device to your base unit:

  • Ensure the existing handset is functional. For the process to be successful, it is advisable to confirm whether the existing handset is working properly by checking whether it has a dial tone.
  • Press the MENU button on the DECT phone after installing the batteries and switching on the device.
  • In the menu, select the settings/setup icon that often resembles a spanner.
  • Scroll through the settings, select the ‘Register’ option, and press OK to register the handset.
  • Select the base unit to pair with the DECT handset. After selecting the ‘Register handset’ option, a prompt to select your base unit of choice appears on the handset’s display. Navigate to your preferred base station and press OK.
  • Hold down the locator button for about five seconds until you hear a blip sound. Subsequently, wait for at least one minute for the handset to complete registration.
  • Enter your base PIN or the default PIN (0000).
  • Check whether the handset has a dial tone. If yes, it means the DECT phone’s connection to the base has been successful.


Switch on your cordless Panasonic phone; once turned on, press MENU, then use the navigator key to select the initial setup and press OK. Choose register and press OK. The register will appear on the display screen of your handset. Press and hold the locator button (usually branded with the Wi-Fi logo) for around five seconds until the LED light turns red or the registration tone sounds.

If all the registered handsets start ringing, press the locator button to stop. Repeat this step in the next few seconds. You can find the locator button on the base unit’s side or within the base unit on various phones. Wait until the base pin is displayed and key it in; it’s usually ‘0000’ by default. Simultaneously hit the OK button until the pairing is complete.

The video below shows how to pair Panasonic DECT phone to the Base Unit

Operating Instructions for a Panasonic Cordless Phone

Start locating and identifying the control buttons and their various functions after the phone is ultimately charged. To make a call, hit the speak button and then dial the number of the person you want to call. To answer a call, however, push down on the speak button. When you wish to adjust the call volume, press the volume button. To increase or reduce the volume of the call, use the up and down volume buttons accordingly.

While on the phone, hit the hold button if you get a new call. To answer an incoming call, first hit the hold button, then the talk button. You may also mute an ongoing call by pressing the hold button if you wish to do something that might disrupt the conversation for a little while.

 To make an intercom call:

  1. Press the menu button.
  2. Once you have accessed the menu button, use the up or down navigation arrows to browse the menu settings and select intercom.
  3. Use the up or down arrows to choose the desired unit or voice paging and then press select.
  4. When you finish talking, press the OFF button. 

You may turn on and off your cordless phone using the On or Off button. The menu/OK button allows you to access operations and features of your phone that are not obvious at first sight. The clean button (labeled C) will enable you to clear digits from the display screen before calling if you want to make adjustments.

Frequently Asked Questions 

How do I  set the date and time on my Panasonic cordless phone?

Panasonic cordless phones have a program code for setting the date and time. Press the MENU button on the handset, followed by program code #101. You should then see a prompt to set the date by keying in the current date, month, and year, then press OK. Subsequently, a prompt for setting the time appears. Enter the time and save the changes, then exit by pressing OFF and voila!

How do I change the name of my Panasonic cordless phone?

In the handset’s menu, select the settings icon. A list of different options should appear, including the ‘Display’ option. You should select it and navigate to the handset name. Press the C button on the handset to delete the current handset name. You can then set your preferred name and save the changes.

How do I deregister a Panasonic handset?

The Panasonic program code for deregistering a handset unit is #131. All you should do is press the MENU button then enter the program code. A list of your existing handsets appears, after which you should select the handset you want to deregister. The handset then prompts you to select whether or not you would like to erase the phone. Select YES, and the deregistration process will be complete.


Panasonic cordless phones have remarkable features such as an excellent sound reduction function, an eco mode that will extend the battery life, affordability in terms of initial setup and installation. These features make them more effective and efficient for everyday use both in homes and offices. Setting up and programming your Panasonic cordless phone are crucial steps that, if not done right, your cordless phone may not be able to do the essential functions such as making or receiving calls. Therefore, you must get the necessary information on setting up and programming your device to enjoy the goodness of owning a Panasonic cordless phone fully. 

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