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Dreams of the Phone Not Working

By: Libby Pelham BA - Updated: 21 Jul 2018 | 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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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
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.
Jan - 26-Jun-18 @ 2:15 PM
Ginge85 - Your Question:
I dreamt that it was raining heavy outside and my bedroom ceiling was starting to fall in on its self so I was trying to ring the repairs but my phone just wouldn't do what I was trying to make it do, the wrong apps were coming up and it was making me panic and get angry, then it jumped to someone going up ladders to a hole in the roof to fix and then my deceased grandmother appeared and was having a general chat with me as if she were still here until she had to go and it was as if we both knew it was back to the afterlife and we both hugged really hard and started yo cry then I woke up (crying obviously)

Our Response:
Dreams such as this usually signify that something else is going on in your life that you can connect it to, particularly in respect to the rain and your roof falling in. The question is what is going on in your life that you feel is worrying or you are concerned about? It may be a relationship break up, or financial troubles etc. Whatever it is, it is preying on your mind subconsciously or it feels like a portent of uncomfortable things to come. However, the fact someone came to fix the roof and your grandmother came to check on you, means that all in the end will be OK. Visits from deceased relatives is always a lovely sign. Whether you believe in the afterlife or not, it is a great comfort. In dreams such as this we never can help but feel our loved ones are still around looking out for us in some way.
AnalyseDreams - 25-Jun-18 @ 9:45 AM
I dreamt that it was raining heavy outside and my bedroom ceiling was starting to fall in on its self so I was trying to ring the repairs but my phone just wouldn't do what I was trying to make it do, the wrong apps were coming up and it was making me panic and get angry, then it jumped to someone going up ladders to a hole in the roof to fix and then my deceased grandmother appeared and was having a general chat with me as if she were still here until she had to go and it was as if we both knew it was back to the afterlife and we both hugged really hard and started yo cry then I woke up (crying obviously)
Ginge85 - 24-Jun-18 @ 6:10 AM
Cat - Your Question:
I have the exact same dream and circumstances as mazza ? Woul really like to find out the meaning behind this dream

Our Response:
I hope the response to Mazza also answers your question.
AnalyseDreams - 1-Jun-18 @ 10:08 AM
Mazzah - Your Question:
I keep dreaming different settings But they all sum up to me being at a party or me being somewhere with other people, desperate to text/call my boyfriend to tell him Im okay and will be Home soon - and that I haven’t Done Anything He wouldnt approve of ( I often Suddenly realize that it’s the morning after, but always with friends that we trust, and always a random coincidental reason as to why it got so late). Every time my iPhone bugs up - either I can’t find his number on my phone, or there is a virus on my phone, or I can’t seem to find his name on Facebook to send him an IM, or read what worries he might have sent me - no matter what I do. And it turns into a nightmarish feeling because I am always very intent on showing him the love he deserves IRL , and I have eyes for no one else, truly. So I’m there in this frustrating dream knowing that I haven’t come home the last night, but done nothing wrong besides from that, but knowing that it’s not okay to stay out and don’t leave a message- and he must be super worried and have all these terrible ideas of what I must have been up to. And I sort of fight my way home but there’s ton of random stuff happening to prevent me to keep focus. We have a great relationship and besides from “normal” stuff, I don’t worry particularly much about deeper things with us, and we are both certain of each other and all is good. But these dreams have been following me now for the last year of our now 2 year relationship and I can’t understand it.

Our Response:
Your dream is merely one of a basic insecurity that you feel you need to have to justify your actions and reassure your boyfriend. There is nothing to worry about here - it's just your sense of responsibility to another person kicking in. It demonstrates that your love for him is strong and that you do not wish to do anything that may jeopardise your relationship in any way. The key here is what you perceive your boyfriend's reaction to be if he doesn't hear from you. If you think he will be worried, then you feel your love is strong. If you think he is not bothered and will go and do his own thing if he doesn't hear from you, then it may be that you feel deep down that your personal obligations to him are stronger than his personal obligations to you.
AnalyseDreams - 31-May-18 @ 2:53 PM
I have the exact same dream and circumstances as mazza ? Woul really like to find out the meaning behind this dream
Cat - 31-May-18 @ 11:38 AM
I keep dreaming different settings But they all sum up to me being at a party or me being somewhere with other people, desperate to text/call my boyfriend to tell him Im okay and will be Home soon - and that i haven’t Done Anything He wouldnt approve of ( i often Suddenly realize that it’s the morning after, but always with friends that we trust, and always a random coincidental reason as to why it got so late). Every time my iPhone bugs up - either I can’t find his number on my phone, or there is a virus on my phone, or I can’t seem to find his name on Facebook to send him an IM, or read what worries he might have sent me - no matter what I do. And it turns into a nightmarish feeling because I am always very intent on showing him the love he deserves IRL , and I have eyes for no one else, truly. So I’m there in this frustrating dream knowing that I haven’t come home the last night, but done nothing wrong besides from that, but knowing that it’s not okay to stay out and don’t leave a message- and he must be super worried and have all these terrible ideas of what I must have been up to. And I sort of fight my way home but there’s ton of random stuff happening to prevent me to keep focus. We have a great relationship and besides from “normal” stuff, I don’t worry particularly much about deeper things with us, and we are both certain of each other and all is good. But these dreams have been following me now for the last year of our now 2 year relationship and I can’t understand it.
Mazzah - 29-May-18 @ 10:06 AM
I have this reoccuring dream where I'm sleep, someone breaks into my house, walks around the house without taking any thing. I pick up the phone and try to call my friend for help; but, either my phone won't work, or I mis-dial his phone number. The dream has been reoccuring for a month straight and I can't make sense of it. I do know that the dream has seemed to distant me from my friend; I can feel the division happening even when we are together "laughing" and "carrying on".
Lisa - 26-May-18 @ 5:19 AM
Strawberrywine - Your Question:
I had a dream I was out with my friends in a restaurant an I lost my phone an I was saying I won't be able to keep in touch with a certain person. I went looking for it an found that person and told them I lost it.What does this mean?

Our Response:
It may mean quite obviously that you subconsciously wish to keep in touch with this person. On the other hand, it may not mean that at all. Much depends upon whether you feel that person resonates in your life and whether you wish to keep in contact with them. Unless the feeling stays with you and you feel that it may means something deeper, then it may just be a dream of mere coincidence this person came up in conversation in your dream.
AnalyseDreams - 17-May-18 @ 3:01 PM
I had a dream i was out with my friends in a restaurant an I lost my phone an I was saying I won't be able to keep in touch with a certain person. I went looking for it an found that person and told them I lost it. What does this mean?
Strawberrywine - 17-May-18 @ 9:58 AM
Polly - Your Question:
I have this dream where my mom (who is deceased) is out of town and she told me to go over and check her mail and nobody is supposed to be in her house. I go over and find my nephew, his girlfriend and kids with other people in her house. I tell them to leave and they do. I leave and come back and they are there again. I tell them to leave and this time they refuse to leave. I try to call my mom but I can't dail the number. I try several times with no results. I finally wake up.

Our Response:
Much depends how you feel in the dream and why you think the family may be in the house. If your mother's house was previously a family house, then you may be harking back to former times. However, the puzzling aspect of your dream is the fact you are telling your family to leave; do you psychologically wish to be separated from them now your mother has died? Do you feel they have intruded too much on the memories of your mum or are intruding too much in a particular way? The answer will come to you if you question the reasons why it bothers you so much that your family refuse to leave.
AnalyseDreams - 14-May-18 @ 1:59 PM
Spec - Your Question:
I have a similar recurring dream, usually happening when I’m stressed. But in the dream something happens where I have to call emergency services but I don’t remember the number or the number rings out. The most recent one was that my dad had called to say he was going to commit suicide but I just couldn’t work out how to call emergency services (which is incredibly strange thing for me considering I’m a firefighter and see the number multiple times a day)

Our Response:
The dream is likely to have something to do with your work environment, particularly if your stress levels are a result of work. It may be a simple feeling that you are unable to get your job done to the best of your abilities, that you are underperforming in some way, and/or you are feeling frustrated as you are not able to achieve a particular objective. Ask yourself what you think the explanation may be in connection to your dream, your subconscious is very good at making the connection and answering questions for you.
AnalyseDreams - 14-May-18 @ 1:50 PM
I have a similar recurring dream, usually happening when I’m stressed. But in the dream something happens where I have to call emergency services but I don’t remember the number or the number rings out. The most recent one was that my dad had called to say he was going to commit suicide but I just couldn’t work out how to call emergency services (which is incredibly strange thing for me considering I’m a firefighter and see the number multiple times a day)
Spec - 11-May-18 @ 8:19 PM
I have this dream where my mom (who is deceased) is out of town and she told me to go over and check her mail and nobody is supposed to be in her house. I go over and find my nephew, his girlfriend and kids with other people in her house. I tell them to leave and they do. I leave and come back and they are there again. I tell them to leave and this time they refuse to leave. I try to call my mom but I can't dail the number. I try several times with no results. I finally wake up.
Polly - 5-May-18 @ 7:30 AM
Bella - Your Question:
I have had two dreams recently. The first I was on a road and there was a car crash in front of me. The car was upside down and someone was stuck inside. I tried to call triple zero on my phone but I couldn’t find the keypad in the phone app. I woke up before I could help. The second dream I was in a car and the road was blocked by a semi-trailer truck that had flipped on its side. Again I tried to call for help but the same thing happened as in the first dream. What does this mean?

Our Response:
You might be the observer of someone else's car-crash/difficult life currently and are powerless to help. Someone close to you may be going through a tough time and you realise there is little you can do to make things better. Or, this may be something that hasn't yet happened yet. Or, something that hasn't happened yet but you are subconsciously aware that it might. You would have to analyse your own dream subtext and see if it relates to someone you know.
AnalyseDreams - 23-Apr-18 @ 10:59 AM
I have had two dreams recently. The first I was on a road and there was a car crash in front of me. The car was upside down and someone was stuck inside. I tried to call triple zero on my phone but I couldn’t find the keypad in the phone app. I woke up before I could help. The second dream I was in a car and the road was blocked by a semi-trailer truck that had flipped on its side. Again I tried to call for help but the same thing happened as in the first dream. What does this mean?
Bella - 22-Apr-18 @ 2:18 AM
Mg - Your Question:
I’ve had this dream twice in a row where one of my sibiling is hurt and so I try to call someone for help. In the first one my sisters feet got cut off so I tried to call my older sister and then 911 but I couldn’t. I couldn’t find the number or the apps to call and at one point my fingers broke so I couldn’t talk. In another dream my hands were swelling up really big and I knew I needed to get help. Then it turned out to be someone else who had the swelling hands so I tried to call 911. When I went to the phone I couldn’t find the calling app on my iPhone I kept trying for what seemed like hours and becoming frustrated and anxious that their hands would explode while I frantically tried to call for help. In both those dreams I woke up before I could call. I’ve never really had a recurring dream so this one struck me. I can’t seem to find out what these dreams mean.

Our Response:
It seems as though you may have some family issues going on currently of which you are not in control of. You obviously feel protective over your siblings, but feel poweless to help them in some way. However, only you can try to fully analyse your dream and what it may mean given the feelings attached to your dream and where they may resonate from.
AnalyseDreams - 17-Apr-18 @ 1:53 PM
I’ve had this dream twice in a row where one of my sibiling is hurt and so I try to call someone for help. In the first one my sisters feet got cut off so I tried to call my older sister and then 911 but I couldn’t. I couldn’t find the number or the apps to call and at one point my fingers broke so I couldn’t talk. In another dream my hands were swelling up really big and I knew I needed to get help. Then it turned out to be someone else who had the swelling hands so I tried to call 911. When I went to the phone I couldn’t find the calling app on my iPhone I kept trying for what seemed like hours and becoming frustrated and anxious that their hands would explode while I frantically tried to call for help. In both those dreams I woke up before I could call. I’ve never really had a recurring dream so this one struck me. I can’t seem to find out what these dreams mean.
Mg - 14-Apr-18 @ 2:33 PM
@alley - it sounds as though you have minor frustration in your life that you can never get to the bottom of.
Ziggy - 11-Jan-18 @ 3:50 PM
I have nightmares a lot and often in them, I try to dail the police, but it won't dial or it won't ring. I can never even get through to them. I can count at least 10 dreams where this has happened and it's still happening and I'm wondering why I can't even get the phone to ring. A friend of mine told me that maybe it means that I need to handle my own problems, instead of looking to others for help.
alley - 9-Jan-18 @ 9:36 PM
I keep having dreams that I am trying to call my boyfriend and see where he is but either can't find his number or can't dial , etc. :( and I get so frantic! Cry sometimes.. but no tears come out.
Kk - 9-Jan-18 @ 4:47 PM
I have reoccurring dreams of trying to call the police but never can dial. But this one in particular is bothering me. I was picking my two boys (4&5) up from the bus stop. I had our dog, and my other son (1) with me. We get to the bus stop i get them off the bus. At this point my one year old has vanished from the dream. So I was talking to a friend when our dog runa away. Start chasing her but then stop and its like I never had her with me either. So now its just the three of us. We are walking home but end up having to cut through someones house. (Very weird, walking there was no problem) I don't know the guy, older gentleman. So i get them inside, had to go through a small window like opening. My 4 year old is sitting on a bed. I get my 5 year old and start walking through the hallway to leave, the guy has two dogs on leases, tells us to use the front door. I'm carring my 5 year old. The 1st dog doesn't even acknowledge us. The second, right by the door starts growling. I feel very uncomfortable and scared. He says I can ise the back door if it makes me feel better. So i get him outside, sit him on the step and tell him to wait. I go to get his brother, he's now sleeping. I grab him and get him outside. I close the door and can hear the guy talking. I forget what he was saying but I was scarred and rushing to get out of there. I have to but shoes on my 4 year old, because at some point he took them off. So I'm panicking and just pick up the 4 year old and the 5 year old is holding my hand. We start leaving, fast! We make it across the street and I decide to put his shoes on there. So we are in the side walk and the older guy comes out with his two dogs. I'm uneasy but act like everything ia fine. He's walking his dogs right over to us. Then he says to his mean dog, looking at my sons, "Must be nice to hunt your food." At this point I pick them both up. I'm apologizing saying I don't know what I did wrong. He's not saying anything. So we leave. We are walking home as fast as we can. But for some reason I live far away. He keeps following us. I'm on the phone with the cops explaining Whats going on. Waiting for help. I get disconnected, call back, they tell me that they told me before no one can come, no ones in that area. I'm crying and pleading with them. I run into my sister. So she's now with us. We are still walking home. I'm still on the phone with the cops. Still no help. Next thing I know we are in the house. The guy is outside telling me to send my sons out. I'm still talking to these damn police men when they finally agree to come but will be an hour. And then I woke up. In the dream everything we did and the place seemed normal, in real life I have no idea where that place was and it seems so odd to have to cut through someones house. Also I don't have to walk to pick my boys up from school.
VT - 28-Dec-17 @ 10:08 PM
Woke up in my parents house. Nobody was there but me. Looked outside to see/hear helicopter looking around for someone. Looked across the street to find men with guns in houses hiding. Went to find back door slightly cracked open. Shut the door, looked through window to see car hiding out in backyard. After I closed the door, men in car with machine guns started firing. Tried calling parents not to come home, but numbers would not dial how I input them. Also tried calling 911, but 911 was not an option on the phone. Jumped on back of guy riding bicycle to flee the neighborhood into apocalyptic world.
Dream3rz - 26-Oct-17 @ 1:55 PM
@Sadness - are you experiencing any insecurities or distrust surrounding friends? It sounds like someone might be trying to take your friends away or you are distrusting of people currently. As yourself what's bothering you at the moment, you might find your dream is connected to that in some way and then you'll find the answer.
Angie - 29-Aug-17 @ 2:33 PM
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