Los Santos in Grand Theft Auto 5 has all of the luxuries you’d expect of a modern-day city. You can stage bank heists, go golfing, and even use modern technology like cell phones. Pretty sick, right? Well, Rockstar didn’t exactly make it easy to use this technology, for some reason. If you want to dial phone numbers in GTA 5, you’re going to need to jump through a few more hoops than just popping open a menu and using your phone. That’d be too easy! Here’s how you do it.
How to Dial Phone Numbers in GTA 5
In order to dial phone numbers in GTA 5, you first need to bring out your phone. To do this on controller, press up on the directional pad; on keyboard and mouse it’s either the up arrow key or or a click of your mouse wheel. On your phone, select the option for Contacts. When the Contacts menu is open, press X on your controller or the space bar on PC to open the number pad. This will allow you to dial phone numbers manually.
Of course, you don’t need to dial all numbers manually. Direct dialing is mainly used for cheats when playing GTA 5 offline. For just about everything else, you can simply choose a contact to dial instead. This will let your progress quests, get some character backstory, or just have someone yell at you for calling them. Fun all around!
There are plenty of other choices to use your phone with, such as the “Snapmatic” camera app or finding your Job List. You can also text and email through this app, though this is also mostly automated.
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Jason Toro-McCue has committed his schooling to the study of the connection between game design and narrative. When he's not working on this bond through writing articles or guides, he's playing Dungeons & Dragons, or just playing games themselves and looking at the story there.