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Dreams of the Phone Not Working

By: Libby Pelham BA - Updated: 24 Mar 2019 | comments*Discuss
 
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Have you ever had a dream in which you need to make a phone call and you simply cannot? You may be trying to dial 911 to report an emergency but you just keep having problems with the phone. It almost drives you mad as you keep trying to dial and either you dial the wrong number or the buttons just do not seem to work. You may even find yourself dialing the wrong number or having an operator put you on hold. You may wake up feeling both frustrated and anxious.

Many of our dreams involve a phone, whether we cannot dial a number to reach someone or we get through, but we are put on hold. Understanding your phone dreams can help you recognise what is going on in your life and with those around you.

Communication
As might be expected, in our dreams a phone is symbolic of communication. When you dream of using a phone but have trouble, you may be avoiding something or someone in real life. First, you need to determine to whom it is that you need to communicate. In your dream, were you calling a person or a service such as 911? If you were calling a person, think of what communication difficulties you may be having with that person during waking hours. Examine the relationship to see if you are truly being honest with this person about your feelings. Are you thinking of breaking up with your boyfriend or girlfriend, but just do not know how to tell him or her? Do you want to ask your boss for a raise, but just aren’t sure how to go about it? All these situations deal with communication and can cause phone dreams.

This dream can also mean that you feel a certain person in your life is not being responsive to your efforts for communication. Is there someone in your life you have been trying to communicate with that is ignoring you? If so, see if you can figure out if it is just a case of them not being interested in communicating or is it perhaps the way in which you are trying to communicate.

Listen to Your Inner Voice
While phone dreams are about communication, sometimes the communication needed may be with yourself. Try to remember all you can about the dream. Were you calling someone, but were put on hold? If you dream of being on hold, it can be symbolic of you ignoring what your inner voice has been telling you. Maybe you have been working too hard and know you have not been getting enough rest, but you ignore any conscious thoughts of slowing down. If you dream you are put on hold, consider re-evaluating what is important in our life and what you can ease up on a bit.

If you dream you are being ignored by a phone operator, again, it may be that you are ignoring your inner voice. You may have been putting off getting help with something, such as a problem like alcoholism or drug abuse. If you have been feeling a weight on your shoulders due to the lack of confronting this issue, seek out qualified help for your problem. Listen to the part of you that is telling you through these dreams that you need help. Usually, your subconscious knows what is best for you!

Dreams of using the phone and it not working can be exasperating, but remember, there is a meaning behind them. Try to see if you are lacking in communication with someone in your life or if you are not being true to yourself in certain situations.

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(Added bonus to the two below comments:) While I was rereading these comments of mine on this site, I had taken my computer outside and sat below my outdoor umbrella. It was only 5:30AM, so it was still dark. Suddenly, my laptop mouse pointer starts jumping around the screen. Randomly, it makes the pages larger, smaller, moves all around in crazy ways. I brought the laptop inside and, in the light now, I see that water had been dripping from the canopy above me, right onto the mouse pad. So, while the pointer still crazily jumps around, I dry the pad. Finally, it stabilizes. But now it's not working at all. I can't get out of your web site. Finally, I resort to powering down the computer. As it reboots, I have just enough time to consider I might be dreaming. But I'm convinced I can't possibly be in a dream, no way. Now, I have to suspect I'll spend the rest of my life in some real-unreal dream-state.
Doc - 24-Mar-19 @ 1:59 PM
(Continuation of my comment above)just so believable until I couldn't dial any phones. Next, I get out of bed and leave the room, enter the common rooms of this London hotel suite, where my staff are all bustling about. (Yep, I'm still dreaming and I don't realize it.) I tell everybody to stop in their tracks. "Nobody continues their work until we find my phone, please." Instantly, my phone is recovered. It was charging in some tucked away location of the suite. Glad now, I dial the number to my Los Angeles office. It doesn't work. I think, "Is the country code ZERO one one? Or just one one? Or is it zero four four?" I start to dial different versions to reach the home office. When I start to get the familiar feeling of angst in this task, I think, "Waaaaiiit just a damn minute..." And I wake - this time for real.
Doc - 24-Mar-19 @ 1:09 PM
I often dream of frustrating complications while dialing number on a cell phone. Usually, it's someone else's phone I'm trying to use because I've misplaced mine. These dreams are recurring enough that I've trained myself to 'recognize' that I'm in a dream. Funnily, each time I tell myself, "I must be in one of those 'can't dial a phone' dreams," I'm initially convinced that I certainly could not be. In those moments in my dream, I start looking at things in fine detail like the smudges on the face of the cell phone; I feel things like the surface of the device, the floor beneath me, the air around me; I even take note of the scents around me. All this helps convince me I can't possibly be dreaming. And so then I go back to the irritating task of trying to dial with no luck. This morning, I dreamed the typical phone-dream scenario. For some reason, I'm working out of my hotel room in London. Many of my co-workers are here with me. We're on a video conference call back to Los Angeles, where I'm based. (I have livid dreams - I even remember the spreadsheets we were going through on the screen, even some of the figures that were displayed.) When the call ended, another co-worker enters my hotel suite. He's a late arrival to this London team, from Los Angeles. He shows me a large device, on which he has the trailer to a new game show, about which he's very excited. (It was called "GS2", and apparently it's a reboot of the original "Gong Show", ha!) When I finish watching the clips of this TV show introduction, I try to close the site. It won't close. I use the menu, the options button, the settings - nothing lets me close this web site. I realize the device isn't my phone, it's too big. So the search for my own phone ensues. There are plenty of rooms in this hotel suite, as well, there are plenty of people milling about, yakking with one another. In my mission to locate my phone, I see there's also plenty of others' phones littered around. Each one at first appears to be mine - but, with a little inspection, I realize it's not. Next - my effort to dial my phone number from somebody else's phone, one frustrating attempt after another, one phone after another. I try to convince myself "it's one of those dreams" but I immediately dismiss that notion because "this is real". I reason how I'm in London on business, and I'm in this hotel suite with my staff. I go through the motions of observing the details around me - seeing, touching and smelling everything. As an added measure to really "know this is not a dream", I run through all the names of the people around me at the moment. Then, one name doesn't make sense - she's not a staff member, she's a friend. Why is she here? Because I'm dreaming! Convinced this isn't real now, I close my eyes and tell myself to wake up, repeatedly. Finally, I abruptly suck some air into my lungs and wake in bed. I'm amazed that it all actually was indeed a dream - it was
Doc - 24-Mar-19 @ 1:04 PM
I dreamt I text my mum who had passed away if I can come live with her
Lisa - 24-Mar-19 @ 11:30 AM
I had a dream that there was a old lady laying on the floor, I'm using my phone to call for the ambulance but unable to do so as my fingers are to fat to press the numbers, then I try a phone box, same thing happens and then I use a key pad same thing happens
mjgejag - 2-Mar-19 @ 5:13 PM
I have a dream, I was under a tree and others was around there too and heard an alarming noise and when I turn, I saw a girl running towards my direction, to alarm us of a car running towards our direction so I escaped and the car hit on the tree and the tree begarn to fall and I woke up.
Wise - 7-Feb-19 @ 12:44 PM
Every dream I can remember for as long as I remember involves a phone I need to use but am unable to.The reasons vary from no service,wrong numbers,to just unable to get my fingers to work to even dial. Sometimes its super crazy dream reasons I desperately need the phone & sometimes its just bc I want to talk to someone but I never am able to - the phone never works for me.Every single dream - Guess that says alot about my communication skills eh?Lol geez
Kj - 21-Jan-19 @ 3:48 PM
This kind of didn’t touch back on calling 911-it asked if you’re calling a person or 911- then if you’re calling a person.. list of questions.. no, I was trying to call police for an unwanted female, forget how she came into play and why I was annoyed with her.
Sumbliss - 6-Dec-18 @ 3:38 PM
Mine was about not being able to call a cab. There was a flood and I didn't feel comfortable driving home but I didn't want to be stuck at my old high school (for some reason. I'm in my 30s now) so I was trying to call a cab. I couldnt remember the numbers and I couldn't find the numbers either. I asked people for help but they couldn't remember or help. One could but I couldn't dial the number. So I tried calling my step father but I couldn't find his or my mom's number. Then part of the school collapsed from the flood. Very frustrating dream. My cat woke me so I don't know if I ever got home lol
Sassy - 22-Nov-18 @ 6:31 AM
I had a dream where my stepmom took me but she drove from the passengers seat. and my phone had no service so i couldnt call my dad. then when we got there i could call him and he sounded so upset i took the keys and stole the car. but i also was driving from the passengers seat. And when i tried to call him again literally every noise just stopped and the dream went on in silence i woke up after the noise stopped cause like yikes. (They are currently going through a divorce btw)
Wootwooot - 21-Nov-18 @ 3:21 PM
I have dreamt sporadically about not being able to use a Phone when I really need to .Its almost as if I have boxing gloves on or big fingers - too big to ring the correct number.I frequently get to the last digit - thinking all ok and then it goes wrong again.
Leeney - 1-Nov-18 @ 11:24 AM
i felt like I was hostage and I was in a hospital and there were a handful of doctors in this certain wing that were telling everyone to ignore me because I was crazy when I sad to call the police. my phone didn’t work when I called 911 - it wasn’t the police - but they asked for my name and I told them and they laughed and said thanks for giving me your name but this isn’t 911, I had to ask strangers to call for me but they’d look at me like I was crazy and the doctors would soon catch me and I’d have to run and hide in the hospital and find a good nurse or a patient and try to dial 911 for me... Then I got home to my house but it was bad there too, the same bad doctor would pull up and run to the unlocked doors before I could lock them, this happened serveral times as he would run to a different door and it would always be unlocked... it just kept happening, until one time I locked all the doors except one and as he broke through I had to knock this doctor guy unconscious at the temple.
Dr - 7-Oct-18 @ 3:52 PM
Phones have NEVER worked for me in dreams,and still don't , although I don't have those dreams as much as before.I was always trying to get help for myself or someone else in distress in these dreams.No matter who it was for,the phone never worked.It finally dawned on me what the dreams were a bout.For me the dreams meant quite literally... No one is coming to rescue you.You have to handle your own problems yourself. Don't even try to look for an easy way out. Once I had that realization the dreams ceased.
Diane - 6-Oct-18 @ 3:43 PM
Giggles - Your Question:
I have a reoccurring dream that I'm driving a car, thing is. I'm not in the car, I'm behind it. It's almost as if I'm driving a remote control car like kids play with, except in my dream it's a real car. It's getting further and further away from me and harder to see what I should do, there is a curve in the road and even though I can't see, I keep driving the car around that curve. Sometimes, I just keep driving it blindly untill I somehow know I've crashed, other times I will stop and hope nothing is going to crash into me. I'm always trying to catch up with it to see what's going on.

Our Response:
It seems as though you are looking at your life objectively. Perhaps you know certain situations are going to present themselves and rather than heed warnings or take advice of others you may keep on going towards that situation regardless. In other words, when you anticipate there is going to be a metaphorical car-crash in your life - you keep moving towards it and can almost see yourself from outside of yourself and seemingly do not have much control over your inner emotions. We often think we have control of our lives, but sometimes we can feel more like pawns or puppets of a bigger more external force that gives us little control over our rational selves.
AnalyseDreams - 13-Sep-18 @ 9:44 AM
I have a reoccurring dream that I'm driving a car, thing is... I'm not in the car, I'm behind it. It's almost as if I'm driving a remote control car like kids play with, except in my dream it's a real car. It's getting further and further away from me and harder to see what I should do, there is a curve in the road and even though I can't see, I keep driving the car around that curve. Sometimes, I just keep driving it blindly untill I somehow know I've crashed, other times I will stop and hope nothing is going to crash into me. I'm always trying to catch up with it to see what's going on.
Giggles - 12-Sep-18 @ 7:41 AM
@puffy cloud - hopefully you will bump into him again. This is how relationships start, you meet someone, there is an instant attraction and then as if by magic they may appear somewhere where you least expect it :) If you are dreaming of him disconnecting though, it means you are not very hopeful of seeing him again.
AdY - 7-Sep-18 @ 3:33 PM
I developed a crush on someone who's in a relationship, and from body language it seemed as though the couple are not in sink. Later, he came back into my store a couple times, we had nice/short conversation, but haven't seen him since.....maybe he's busy or later felt uncomfortable. I'm not at that store anymore and haven't seen him since. DREAM: I get a phone call from him, he says he found my number. We have a nice conversation, then suddenly the phone disconnects.....like he suddenly hung up on me or got disconnected...then my dream ended.
puffy cloud - 5-Sep-18 @ 10:45 PM
I had a dream where my mom told me to go bathe her fetus. It was a very small baby, the size of an aborted fetus but alive. I went to go bathe it and it looked dead at first but slowly opened it’s eyes. I then proceeded to call my boyfriend to come pick me up from my family’s house and I couldn’t type his phone number in properly no matter how hard I tried. I then attempted to again and could not find the phone.
Anon - 26-Aug-18 @ 1:24 AM
Prophetic dreams aren't anything new to me, I've had them on and off since I was a child. From big things, like my cousins getting into a very serious car accident, down to at least seemingly insignificant like dreaming 2 different things that I ran across back to back online last night. I can sleep for 15 minutes and fully dream, or during the night I occasionally have dreams where I move in with random roommates, get a new job, and live day to day life for a month or 2, complete with all the shifts at work and the home time as well. Those are always really crazy because I remember all my new friends names and all sorts of details beyond what most people say they experience in a dream. The absolute craziest was from about March of 2013 until November 8 2016 I had almost the same dream at least 3 times a week. The end of the world would happen, a different way every time, aliens, war, disease, usually something terrifying we are trying to escape when a man, always a different guy, but always the same. He says, "Follow me, I have everything you need, I am a great man that can give you a safe place with food and water, there are other people already there." Once we're there, it's too late, we're prisoners, and we have to plot an overthrow and escape. The very last night I had this dream was the night before our most recent presidential election. I fully believe I dreamt of Trump's coming for over 3 years before it happened. I am just thankful those dreams are done. I really hate apocalyptic dreams. I'd love to do some dream studies!
AnitaTaco - 13-Aug-18 @ 7:10 AM
HoneyTattletail - Your Question:
I notice a strange thing with my dreams that they all have in common. my eyes feel alway shut, but I can see clearly in the darkness. The light are always broken where even if you try to turn them on from the switch, nothing happens. phones start to ring when I get too close to them and if I try to pick it up and use the phone, I get the sound that is earrape level of volume that sounds like the dial-up sound. TVs always show snow on them. my reflection looks more twisted when I look in the mirror. the reflection of me would have the eyes open, but there are no eye, just the sockets with darkness inside them. some black liquid keeps coming out from the eyes. also, if I try to open a door, I end up somewhere that is random, but if I try to get back to where I was from the same door, I can't.

Our Response:
This is indeed a strange dream. The fact you cannot see from your eyes and/or see/hear other things going on properly can mean that there are many obstacles and barriers in your pathway currently. Yet, also seeing yourself in this way may mean your view of yourself is somewhat skewed or has been altered in some way by a possible event. It sounds as though you are lost currently and cannot find a way through a particular situation, or you are trying to find your way through a particularly dark situation or place in your life. The fact the mirror portrays you with the eyes open but in yourself the eyes are black and seeping means that you are hiding something possibly from yourself and others. You don't say how you feel in the dream, as this would help interpretation.
AnalyseDreams - 9-Aug-18 @ 2:49 PM
I notice a strange thing with my dreams that they all have in common. my eyes feel alway shut, but I can see clearly in the darkness. The light are always broken where even if you try to turn them on from the switch, nothing happens. phones start to ring when I get too close to them and if I try to pick it up and use the phone, I get the sound that is earrape level of volume that sounds like the dial-up sound. TVs always show snow on them. my reflection looks more twisted when I look in the mirror. the reflection of me would have the eyes open, but there are no eye, just the sockets with darkness inside them. some black liquid keeps coming out from the eyes. also, if I try to open a door, I end up somewhere that is random, but if I try to get back to where I was from the same door, I can't.
HoneyTattletail - 9-Aug-18 @ 8:22 AM
Denise - Your Question:
I keep having the same dream over and over about contacting my deceased husband by phone I keep forgetting his phone no and I know it but I suddenly forget it. I can see myself laying closely to him in our bed we both are nude not making love just being close. I also have seen my past friend come in and out of my dream I have vowed to not call him but I feel he is trying to reach me I’m truly confused this dream keeps reoccurring

Our Response:
I am sorry to hear about your husband. This is a dream of contact and you still feeling close to your diseased husband, meaning that you still can't quite come to terms with the reality that he has gone (by the fact you keep trying to contact him). If you look at your dream closely, it is a beautiful dream showing that you could be your true 'naked' self with your husband and that despite him not being around you still feel that level of closeness. With regards to your past friend, it may be that you wish for someone to connect to on a male level now your husband is not around. You would have to look more closely at this and the situation that comes from your relationship with this person as it could be that you see/saw him as being part of your life and cannot quite let him go either. The fact he is trying to reach you may mean that you feel there is unfinished business where this person is concerned.
AnalyseDreams - 31-Jul-18 @ 2:46 PM
Shon - Your Question:
I had a dream that I was searching for a flatmate (nonexistent) who went missing, I got caught in a tidal wave that slammed me against a brick wall, I “lost consciousness” and woke up in darkness, found my way back home (to a place that isn’t my real home with random housemates) when I asked how long I had been gone for they said 48 hrs. I tried using their phones to call my mum to tell her I was safe but the phones wouldn’t work and I began to cry hysterically for someone to give me their phone so I could call my mum. Then I woke up to my grocery delivery in real life lol.

Our Response:
It sounds as though you may have had a recent shock/significant event happen and you have as a result been a bit lost or confused about a particular for a period of time. Dreaming of a wave is symbolic of an incoming force or shock coming at you. If a recent shock hasn't happened, your dream may mean you may yet to have one, or are anticipating one perhaps from a build up of emotion that may come pouring out after an event (i.e a fall out in friendships, or a sudden change in your life that you weren't predicting). In such times we need our families as support, hence the fact you were trying to call your mum. It sounds as though if there is any blip, it will be a temporary one given that you quickly found yourself coming out of the darkness.
AnalyseDreams - 31-Jul-18 @ 2:32 PM
I had a dream that I was searching for a flatmate (nonexistent) who went missing, I got caught in a tidal wave that slammed me against a brick wall, I “lost consciousness” and woke up in darkness, found my way back home (to a place that isn’t my real home with random housemates) when I asked how long I had been gone for they said 48 hrs. I tried using their phones to call my mum to tell her i was safe but the phones wouldn’t work and I began to cry hysterically for someone to give me their phone so I could call my mum. Then I woke up to my grocery delivery in real life lol.
Shon - 31-Jul-18 @ 1:10 PM
I keep having the same dream over and over about contacting my deceased husband by phone I keep forgetting his phone no and I know it but I suddenly forget it. I can see myself laying closely to him in our bed we both are nude not making love just being close. I also have seen my past friend come in and out of my dream I have vowed to not call him but I feel he is trying to reach me I’m truly confused this dream keeps reoccurring
Denise - 21-Jul-18 @ 7:32 AM
Teresa - Your Question:
Had a dream that my phone was stolen and dropped by robbers, and I was in a family group trying to call my own number to see if someone had located it. Every phone I used from each family member did not work, the touchpad did not work or the phones were really old???

Our Response:
It sounds as though there is some confusion and you are feeling a sense of frustration somewhere in your life, whether with your family, in work or in personal relationships.
AnalyseDreams - 20-Jul-18 @ 10:10 AM
Had a dream that my phone was stolen and dropped by robbers, and I was in a family group trying to call my own number to see if someone had located it. Every phone I used from each family member did not work, the touchpad did not work or the phones were really old???
Teresa - 19-Jul-18 @ 5:52 AM
Alo - Your Question:
I had a dream where I was in my room, but it wasn't really my room. It's was all dark and stuff, I was texting with my boyfriend and he kept telling me he wanted to tell me something and that he needed to call me. I told him I couldn't answer at the moment and then my phone just disappeared and my Dream shifted into something else.

Our Response:
It may be a dream which means nothing much. Or it may be a dream that represents a mis-communication of sorts and/or that you feel your boyfriend is keeping something from you and not saying.
AnalyseDreams - 6-Jul-18 @ 3:26 PM
I had a dream where I was in my room, but it wasn't really my room. It's was all dark and stuff, I was texting with my boyfriend and he kept telling me he wanted to tell me something and that he needed to call me. I told him I couldn't answer at the moment and then my phone just disappeared and my Dream shifted into something else.
Alo - 5-Jul-18 @ 10:40 PM
Jan - Your Question:
I had a dream where I was standing on the side of the road. Suddenly I see this tiny little car come along, it’s so small it could be for a kid but there is a person inside the car. Next thing I know this huge car like a truck comes along and crashes into the tiny car and smashes it flat like a pancake. This car backs up and I’m watching the car become unsmashed again but I know the person inside is seriously hurt, but I don’t want to look. The driver of the other car is yelling at me to take him to the hospital and I’m looking at my phone and panicking about whether I should take him to the hospital or dial 911. I kind of freeze while thinking about it not knowing what to do. I woke up thinking the thing to do was to call 911.

Our Response:
It sounds as though you may be worried about someone else in your life currently who is more vulnerable than other people you may know. It could be a child, or a relative or friend. Or it could be a situation that someone else is going through and the dream about your response when asked for help. Much depends upon how you felt when you are asked to take the person to hospital. This will reflect your deeper thoughts about this person or the situation the dream connects to.
AnalyseDreams - 29-Jun-18 @ 12:04 PM
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