Uniden Phones: How to Override the Privacy Mode

by Lee Schrader
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Home phones today provide a large number of features designed to make your phone experience fuller and easier. Occasionally, the many features cause confusion and you can't access or turn off a feature you previously used. Phone companies often move the feature select option to a different place in new models making a feature hard to find. Privacy mode on Uniden phones is a feature that keeps other handsets on the same base unit system from being able to access the conversation on another cordless unit. If this feature is on, it disables the ability to use more than one phone for a conference type call or listen to other conversations on a separate handset unit. Privacy mode "On" is indicated by an upper case P on the display.

Step 1

Turn the handset on by pressing the "Talk" button.

Step 2

Press the "Menu" button on the handset.

Step 3

Scroll the indicator with the volume up/down buttons until "Privacy Mode" appears.

Step 4

Press the "OK" or "Select" button.

"Privacy Mode Off" will appear, and the uppercase P will disappear. Privacy mode is now turned off.


  • To turn privacy mode back on simply repeat the process. On many newer Uniden phones there is a one touch "privacy" button below the view screen. Press this button in "talk" mode to enable or disable privacy mode with one touch. Privacy mode can only be disabled on the cordless handset that enabled it.

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About the Author

Lee Schrader sold his first script in 1989. His writing has been published online in technical forums such as DVinfo.net and Majorgeeks.com, private journals, and editorial sections of minor newspapers such as the "Tulsa World," "Herald Leader," and "NWATimes." Schrader pursued a Bachelor of Science degree in broadcasting with a minor in psychology from John Brown University.

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