Understanding how Talk calls become tickets Follow

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A new ticket is automatically created for calls in the following situations:

  • When you accept an incoming phone call
  • When you place an outbound call from the console
  • When a caller leaves a voicemail

Details about the call or voicemail and a recording are added to the ticket as a comment. If you placed an outgoing call from an existing ticket, the comment is added to the existing ticket.

Zendesk Talk can be configured to prevent users from accessing the live call recordings (see Enabling Zendesk Talk and configuring general settings). If your administrator has allowed the recordings to be accessible, the user can click a link to the recording from the notification email to hear it.

You can add a comment to the ticket and update the ticket properties while you speak with the customer.

Understanding how phone numbers are linked to end-user profiles

Zendesk Talk identifies users by their phone numbers. If the caller is an existing end-user calling from a number already added to their profile, their existing profile is set as the ticket requester.

Zendesk Support allows for two types of phone numbers to be stored in end-user profiles:
  • Direct lines are used to identify a user. When you add a unique number to a user's profile, it's automatically set as a direct line. If a number's set as one user's direct line, the number can be added to another user's profile as a shared number only (see below). If the caller is an existing end-user calling from their direct line, the user's existing profile is set as the ticket requester. Users can have more than one direct line.
  • Non-direct lines or shared numbers are linked to to multiple user profiles. A shared number always starts out as a direct line for one user, but when the same number is added for another user, it's added as a shared number. An incoming call from a shared number will be associated with the user that has that number as a direct line.

    If no user has the number as a direct line (for example, if it’s been deleted from the user), then a new user will be created that has that number as a direct line, i.e. it will not be associated to the users that have that same number as a shared number. A user can have only one shared number on their user profile.

To add a number to a user's profile

  1. Click the Admin icon () in the sidebar, then select People.
  2. Select a user and click edit.
  3. In the user's profile, click + add contact and select Phone.
  4. Enter a number. Note that if you have phone number validation enabled, this number must be in E.164 format.
  5. To add additional numbers, repeat steps 3-4.

Merging users

Calls received from new, unknown, users generate new end-users that are identified only by the telephone number they're calling from. Unknown users can also be existing users if they're using a telephone number that they haven't added to their user profile. In this case, you can merge the new user account with their existing user account. For more information, see Merging a user's duplicate account.

When merging users, all phone numbers that the merging user have will be added to the receiving user. The only scenario where a number is discarded during merging is when two users both have a shared number. In this case, the shared number of the merging user will be discarded.

Merging tickets when a call is about an existing ticket

You may often find that callers are contacting you about an issue for which a Zendesk Support ticket has already been created. To handle this situation, just conduct the call and add comments as needed to the new ticket. You can then merge the new ticket with the existing ticket.

The phone number shown at the top of a ticket is the phone number that caused the ticket to be created. When merging two tickets that both have a voice comment, the number that caused the creation of the ticket being merged into will be shown.

For information about merging tickets, see Merging tickets.

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  • 3

    Can numbers be added to an organization as a direct number so that a company's main outbound caller ID is associate with the organization instead of one of it's employees? Or are we going to have to create a user that is really the organization so that tickets don't automatically get assigned to the first person from that company that called in or has the company number set as a direct number?

    Did I read it correctly that users can only have one shared number? What about companies that have multiple outbound caller IDs?

  • 2

    Can we add labels to each number (i.e. Home, Work, Cell)?  I do not see any way to differentiate the numbers.  The current setup makes SMS very difficult if you do not know which numbers can receive SMS messages.

  • 1

    Now: Labels, labels, labels... for phonenumbers!

    Amazing why that is not a thing in Zendesk, as every other software on the planet have labels... 

  • 0

    This feature is long awaited... Good to see it's finally here.

    Is it possible to import extra numbers via .csv or do we have to add them to 200+ users manually?


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