Quick Start Guides

3CX Quick Start Guide

Using your 3CX Desk Phone

To make a call:
  1. Dial the number on the keypad and hit the send button.
  2. OR select a contact or extension from your Web Client or a number from a web page, hit call.
  3. The Web Client triggers the call on your desk phone if selected via the phone selector toggle.
To transfer a call:
  1. For blind transfer: Press “Transfer”, dial the extension, press send/dial and hang up.
  2. Attended transfer Yealink: Press “Transfer”, dial number or select extension, press “Send”, announce the caller, press “Transfer” and hang up. 
Connect to Voicemail of extension:
  1. To leave a message in the voicemail box of a particular Extension: Press “Transfer” , then Dial *4. For example, press ‘Transfer’, then *4100, will leave a voicemail message in the voicemail box of extension 100.
Using Shared Parking:
  1. By default, there are 2 Shared Parks set up on your system, SP 1 and SP 2.  There is a limit of 1 person per Shared Park.  If additional Shared Parks are needed, contact your system administrator for setup.
  2. To use a Shared Park, while on an existing call, simply press an available (GREEN) Shared Park (SP #) button on your phone.  The calling party will be placed on HOLD listening to music awaiting pickup.
  3. To pick up a Shared Park, simply press the occupied SP button (RED) with your calling party on hold from any telephone in the office.

Please NOTE: To answer a Shared Park using your mobile app / web client, simply dial ext001 for SP 1 and ext002 for SP 2. For example, if the receptionist places an inbound call on SP 1 and a mobile app user wishes to pick up, they simply dial 001 or 002 respectively based on which park it is placed in.

Using Do Not Disturb (DND):
Using History:
Using 3CX Phonebook / Contact Directory:

3CX has a rich contact directory called 3CX Phonebook. Using 3CX Phonebook, you can add, manage, and access contact information from whatever platform you’re using, desktop or mobile. You can add company-wide contacts or personal contacts.

Here’s how you add a contact to 3CX Phonebook:

  1. Login to your 3CX Web Client
  2. Click Contacts on the left menu bar
  3. Choose Company or Personal Phonebook
  4. Click the plus-sign (+)
  5. Enter Contact information
  6. Click the SAVE button (looks like a floppy disk)

Force 3CX IN or OUT of Office – Emergency Code

Setting 3CX to In Office Hours

If the Administrator dials *641 (appends a 1 to the code), a prompt will be played stating that “3CX is now set to IN OFFICE HOURS”. This means that the PBX will disregard the current time, or day (even if it is a holiday) and set all the routes of the Gateways, VoIP Providers and DID/DDI’s to route to the In Office hours destination.

Setting 3CX to Out of Office Hours

If the Administrator dials *642 (appends a 2 to the code), a prompt will be played stating that “3CX is now set to OUT OF OFFICE HOURS”. This means that the PBX will disregard the current time, or day (even if it is 10am for example) and set all the routes of PSTN Gateways, VoIP Providers and DID/DDI’s to route to the Out of Office hours destination.

For more information, visit Manually Enable / Disable Night Mode!


Setting your Voicemail Greeting:
  1. By phone:
    • Dial “999”  or simply press the “MESSAGE” button on your phone
    • Enter your PIN and then press “#”.
    • Select option “8” and then “0” to record.
    • Press “#” to end recording and “0” to save.
  2. From the web client:
    • Go to “Settings” > “Greetings”
    • From here you can set a greeting according to your status.
To Playback Voicemail:
  1. By Phone:
    • Dial “999” or hit “Voicemail/Message” 
    • Enter your PIN, press “#” (if required) and then “*” to play your messages.
    • During playback of voicemail, you have these options:
      • 0 –Skip to the next message.
      • 1 –Skip to the previous message.
      • 2 –Repeat current message.
      • 3 –Delete the current message and automatically go to the next message.
      • 4 –Call Back –this will trigger a call to the caller ID of the person who left the message.
      • 5 –Forward message to another extension.
      • 9 –To go to the Voice mail options menu.
      • # –To hang up the call.
  2. Web Client:  Click on “Voicemail” and click the playback icon to listen to the message on your selected phone.
  3. Android & iOS App: Tap on the burger menu and select “Voicemail”, tap on the voicemail and select “Play” to listen to the message.
Voicemail Message Prompts:
  1. To play available voicemails press “*”
  2. To change profile status press “1”
    • Press 1 for Available
    • Press 2 for Away
    • Press 3 for Out of Office
    • Press 4 for Custom Profile 1
    • Press 5 for Custom Profile 2
  3. To dial a number press “3”
  4. To delete all read messages press “4”
  5. To change your self-identification message “5”
    • To record new self-identification message press “0”
    • To delete message press “1”
    • Check current self-identification message press “2”
    • To exit, press “#”
  6. To play mailbox information press “6”
  7. To change voicemail pin number press “7”
  8. To change your greeting message press “8”
  9. To repeat the prompt press “9”

3CX Web Client Introduction

The 3CX Web Client is a browser-based app. It combines all the features you need to easily and efficiently communicate, collaborate and connect with colleagues, partners, and customers. From this one interface, you can manage calls, view the status of colleagues, hold a video conference, and connect via voice, live chat, WhatsApp, Facebook, and SMS/MMS.

Get started: Logging on

3CX Web Client Login options

  1. Open your “Welcome to 3CX | Your Account Details” email.
  2. If your admin has enabled SSO for Google Or Microsoft, sign in with those credentials.
  3. If not, click on the Set your Password link specified in your email and set your password.
  4. Log in using your email or extension number and your newly set password.

Note: Your System Admin can enable 2 Factor Authentication for extensions from within the admin console.

Install the Web Client as an app (PWA) - Google Chrome

Install the Web Client as an app (PWA)

  1. Click on the download icon in your browser’s address bar as shown above.
  2. A new dialog will open, click on the Install button.
  3. You will be asked if you would like to pin 3CX (PWA) to your taskbar. We suggest clicking on Yes for easier access.
  4. The Web Client as a PWA app is now installed.

  1. Enable the app to launch at startup. Type ‘chrome://apps’ into the address bar. Right click on 3CX and enable Launch at Startup as shown above.
Install the Web Client as an app (PWA) - Microsoft Edge

  1. Login to your web client.
  2. Click on the icon highlighted above in your address bar.
  3. Click Install.

  1. A new dialog will appear. Select the last 2 options and click Allow.
  2. You will be asked if you would like to pin 3CX (PWA) to your taskbar. We suggest clicking on Yes for easier access.
  3. Installation is complete. 
Click2Call Browser Extension

The 3CX Click2Call Browser extensions for Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge enable you to initiate calls from any website or CRM system. Phone numbers appear “hyperlinked”, for you to simply click on and ‘send’ the number to the 3CX Web Client or Desktop App to place the call.

Installing the Browser Extension
  1. Install the Google Chrome extension.
  2. Install the Microsoft Edge extension.
  3. Follow the installation steps.

Making & managing calls
  1. To place a call, click on the dialer icon  in the top right corner of your web client.
  2. Enter the phone number or search by name, extension number or email address and then click the handset icon to start the call.

Making and managing calls via 3CX

  1. Beneath the search bar you will see an option Call using: Browser. Click on the arrow and a dropdown will appear with available devices/apps for you to use to place calls.
  2. During a call, you can perform a number of actions:
  1. Transfer a call - Click on “Transfer” and enter the name or number of the person you want to transfer the call to. The call is transferred.
  2. Attended Transfer - Click on “Att.transfer” to announce the call to the receiver before transferring the call. The call will be put on hold.
  3. Start a conference call - Click on the “Conference” button and enter the name or number of the person/s you want to add to the call. They will be dialed and upon answering, they will be added to the existing call.
  4. Record a call - Click on the “Record” button at any point during your call to start recording. Click again to end the recording. Recordings can be accessed in the Web Client (if you have the required rights).
  5. Initiate a new call - Start a new call on a separate line without hanging up the current call. To do this, click New Call and enter the name or number of the callee.
  6. Switch to video - Switch your current audio call to a video call by clicking the Video icon in the dialpad.
Manage your status & queues

The Status feature allows you to see which colleagues are available to take calls. Avoid distractions and set your own status to let others know when you’re away or you don’t want to be disturbed.

Managing your status and queues via 3CX Web Client

Auto switch status based on your working hours

Auto switching status based on your working hours

You can configure automatic status switching based on your office hours from Settings > Call Forwarding > Switch Status. Choose whether your extension should use regular office hours or add your own. Your extension will then follow these hours and automatically change your status accordingly.

Add Caller ID Exceptions to your working hours

You can add caller ID exceptions to your working hours. This allows you to, for example, always accept a call from someone regardless of your working hours or never accept a call and send the caller straight to voicemail.

  1. From the left hand menu in your Web Client, click on the 3 dots “Settings.
  2. Now select Call Forwarding > Exceptions. From the Exceptions screen click on + to add a new exception.

  1. Enter the caller ID you want to create an exception for.
  2. From the Received During drop-down menu choose which hours this exception is valid for. All hours, Break Time, Office Hours and so on.
  3. From the last dropdown, select where to forward calls to from your specified caller during your chosen hours. If you check the Rebound box, any unanswered “exception” calls will be automatically redirected to the extension that originally received it.
  4. Click OK to save the exception.
Team view - Depts & Groups

Viewing different departments and groups in your company via 3CX Web Client

Chat with colleagues and customers

Send and receive instant messages with colleagues, live chat with website visitors, WhatsApp & Facebook, and receive SMS/MMS messages from customers. Access all chat functions from the Web Client > Chat option in the left-side menu.

Quick response chat templates are available to be created and edited by group managers. These allow users to respond with predefined messages making response times quicker. Templates can be split into different categories and languages.

Learn more about composing chats and SMS, and the various chat functions available in the business chat manual.

Start a video conference

Start a video conference or schedule a conference by clicking on the Meet option in the left-hand menu of your Web Client. 

Web Client User Guide

Your One Stop for All Communications – The 3CX Web Client

The 3CX Web Client is easy to use and combines all the features you need to efficiently communicate, collaborate and connect with colleagues, partners and customers, straight from your browser. 

The Web Client at a Glance

From this one interface, you can easily make calls, view the status of colleagues, send chat messages, and hold a video conference. Here’s a quick look at the great things you can do with the 3CX Web Client.

Let’s get started: Logging on

In your Welcome Email you’ll find your credentials and a link to the web client. If you’ve lost your Welcome Email, not to worry. You can have it resent via the smartphone app (iOS, Android), or from the desktop client. 

The 3CX Web Client Google Extension

Once you’re in the Web Client, you’ll see “Install 3CX Google Extension” in the top left. The Google Extension gives you immediate access to calls with a mini, pop-out web client so that there’s no need to keep the full Web Client open in your browser, allowing you to work more efficiently across all apps. The Web Client Google Extension is fully integrated and works with your CRM, opening customer records and showing you caller IDs. What’s more, the extension offers Click to Call functionality by automatically detecting phone numbers on web pages and in CRMs. 

Placing a call

No need to dial any extension numbers here. Quickly and easily find who you need to call by searching with name, number or email address. Click the phone icon and voilà, you’ve just made your first call.

Once you’re in a call, you can seamlessly perform a number of actions with just a few mouse clicks.

  1. “Transfer” will transfer the call without the need for you to speak to the receiver, a “Blind Transfer”.
  2. “Att.transfer” will transfer the call after you first speak to the receiver to see if they accept the call, an “Attended Transfer”
  3. “Conference” allows you to create an ad hoc conference call, adding more participants to join the conversation. 
  4. “Rec” allows you to record your conversation.

Customized Experience: IP Phone, Smartphone or Web Client

The Web Client can be used for more than browser-based communications. Using the “Phone Selector”, you can easily select your preferred device and seamlessly control calls using the Web Client interface. 

  1. Click on the phone selector and choose your device, e.g. your smartphone.
  2. Place your call as normal – a call notification will appear from “Make Call”.
  3. Click “Answer” to call the contact.

Additionally, you can personalize your Web Client and Chrome Extension audio and video options to assign the “Speaker” and “Ringer” outputs to the devices you choose. This allows you to hear your extension ringing through speakers, but listen to call audio through a headset. You can configure these audio options in “Settings” > “Personalize” > “Audio/Video”.

Manage your Status

Make the most of the Status feature to save time and increase efficiency by seeing which colleagues are available to take calls. Avoid distractions and set your own status to let others know when you’re away or you don’t want to be disturbed. 

Choose from AvailableAwayDo Not DisturbLunchBusiness Trip, and Set Status Temporarily

Further, customize your status in “Settings > Call Forwarding”. Here you can:

Professional Call Management with the 3CX Switchboard

For job roles where advanced call management is a daily task, the 3CX Switchboard is a powerful and user-friendly tool that offers a concise yet comprehensive view on call and queue activity. 

There are various Switchboard views to choose from depending on your job role, which allows for quick and efficient call answering and transfers, monitoring, queue statistics and more. Choose from:

To perform an action on a call simply right click on it to open the actions menu. You can even customize your view by clicking the pop-out icon to display them in a separate browser window. To set custom messages in the Wallboard, head over to “Settings > Personalize > Wallboard”.

3CX Chat User Guide

Manage Customer Queries from Live Chat, WhatsApp, Facebook and SMS/MMS

The 3CX chat feature doesn’t only allow employees to chat and share files with each other, it also enables customer service agents to easily respond to queries sent via live chat, WhatsApp, Facebook and SMS/MMS. All from the same user-friendly interface.

Receiving chat messages

Incoming chat messages will be routed to specific queues or extensions. The type of chat conversation is highlighted by a specific icon; Website live chat live chat icon, WhatsApp  , FacebookFacebook iconand SMS/MMS SMS icon. Internal chat messages are not specified by any icon.

If an unknown contact sends a chat you will be prompted to “Add contact”“Reply” or “Ignore”.

Chats are visible to all agents who are in the assigned queue. The administrator can configure the polling strategy of the queue (e.g. the first agent to answer a chat, the top 3 agents, etc).

Any agent can respond and see ongoing conversations until one agent takes ownership. As soon as an agent responds to an incoming chat, the chat automatically becomes theirs and no other agent can respond or see the conversation. Alternatively, do this:

Use quick response message templates

Respond to any chat message including live chat, WhatsApp, Facebook & SMS faster with message templates.

  1. Click on the templates icon , in the bottom left corner of the chat panel to expand the templates. Only Managers, Group Owners and System Owners have the rights to manage chat templates.
  2. Use the search bar, categories tabs or language drop-down option to filter the templates.
  3. Click on a template and the text will automatically populate in your reply panel for you to edit or send.

Transferring a chat

You may decide that the issue needs handing off to another agent.

  1. While in a chat, click the “Transfer” transfer button button in the top right.
  2. Search the agent you want to transfer the chat to by name or extension number.
  3. Click on the extension and the chat will be transferred. You are no longer able to view the conversation.

Additional actions

There are various chat actions available to help you efficiently manage your conversations and gather additional details about customers.

View user information

Depending on the type of chat, you can view additional information.

  1. Click on the menu menu icon button in the top right corner.
  2. Select “Information”.

  1. From here you can:
  1. Email or add a live chat user as a contact.
  2. Call or add a WhatsApp user as a contact.
  3. Call, send SMS or add an SMS contact.
  4. View the Interaction history of this user with all agents and departments.

Send images and files

Send files by drag and drop or by clicking on the “Attach document” icon in the lower right corner. The following files are supported:

Mark a chat as ‘Dealt with’

Once a chat conversation (excluding internal) has come to an end, click on the “Dealt with” button to close and archive the chat session.

If the chat is not marked as “Dealt with” and it has been “Taken” by an agent the next time the same customer sends a message, the new message will be delivered to the “Taken” agent’s inbox rather than following the configured routing to a group or queue.

Block a user or end the chat session

Only available for website live chat, these functions will block a website user from contacting you via chat or close the chat session and notify the customer that the chat has ended.

  1. Click on the menu menu icon button in the top right of the main chat window.
  2. Select “End chat session”. The user will be notified that the chat has ended.
  3. Select “Block anonymous user”. The user’s IP will be blocked and they will no longer be able to access website live chat.

Resolve/Archive a chat

Archiving a chat removes the conversation from the main or “Recents” view.

From the chat window, click the menu menu icon and select “Archive”. The conversation will be removed from the main chat window. Access archived chats from the drop-down menu in the top right corner.

When in the archived chats list, click the menu menu icon next to each chat to:

Chat settings

Go to Settings > Chat to configure:

Note: Custom chat notifications are available only for the 3CX Web Client/ Desktop app and the 3CX iOS app.