Can I make a phone call from HTML on Android?


To make a phone call via HTML on an iPhone I create an <A/> tag with an href formatted as: <a href='tel:123-555-1212'>Dial Me</a>.

Is there an equivelant for HTML on Android?

CLARIFICATION - using the format href='tele:123-555-1212' does indeed work on on android. I was testing the app within a native Java wrapper on the device. It does not appear as if we can make a call from a web application hosted in a Native Wrapper.

8/21/2017 2:34:39 PM

Accepted Answer

Yes you can; it works on Android too:

tel: phone_number
Calls the entered phone number. Valid telephone numbers as defined in the IETF RFC 3966 are accepted. Valid examples include the following:

* tel:2125551212
* tel: (212) 555 1212

The Android browser uses the Phone app to handle the “tel” scheme, as defined by RFC 3966.
Clicking a link like:

<a href="tel:2125551212">2125551212</a>

on Android will bring up the Phone app and pre-enter the digits for 2125551212 without autodialing.

Have a look to RFC3966

5/5/2010 3:05:30 PM

I have just written an app which can make a call from a web page - I don't know if this is any use to you, but I include anyway:

in your onCreate you'll need to use a webview and assign a WebViewClient, as below:

browser = (WebView) findViewById(;
browser.setWebViewClient(new InternalWebViewClient());

then handle the click on a phone number like this:

private class InternalWebViewClient extends WebViewClient {

    public boolean shouldOverrideUrlLoading(WebView view, String url) {
         if (url.indexOf("tel:") > -1) {
            startActivity(new Intent(Intent.ACTION_DIAL, Uri.parse(url)));
            return true;
        } else {
            return false;

Let me know if you need more pointers.

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