Mobile incoming call indicator

Description.

This circuit can be used to escape from the nuisance of mobile phone rings when you are at home. This circuit will give a visual indication if placed near a mobile phone even if the ringer is deactivated.

When a call is coming to the mobile phone, the transmitter inside it becomes activated. The  frequency of the transmitter is around 900MHz.The  coil L1 picks up these oscillations by induction and feds it to the base of Q1. This makes the transistor Q1 activated.Since the Collector of Q1 is connected to the pin 2 of IC1 (NE555) , the IC1 is triggered to make the LED connected at  its output pin (pin 3) to blink. The blinking of the LED is the indication of incoming call.

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 Circuit diagram with Parts list. 

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Notes. 

  • The coil L1 can be made by making 150 turns of 36 SWG enameled copper wire on a 5mm dia plastic former.Or you can purchase a 10 uH coil from shop if available.
  • The circuit can be powered from a 6V battery.
  • Assemble the circuit on a good quality PCB.
  • C1 & C3 are to be polyester  capacitors.
  • The electrolytic capacitor C2 must be rated 10V.
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196 thoughts on “Mobile incoming call indicator

  1. thevan

    i want to know the circuit inside the cordless house phone…..
    when the phone is lost you cn juz press the button on the charger and the phone rings
    so, i want to know the circuit………

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  2. Aashik

    Hi,
    I want to check this circuit in software.As frequency of 900MHz cannot be transmitted in inductor in software design,How can I check this circuit in software.Can I replace inductor with frequency generator directly? Suggest a way for me..!

    Cheers,
    Aashik

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  3. steve venkates

    hello sir,
    LED will glow if any incoming call to mobile means,during that time the frequency range from 900Mhz ok.
    if any body connected the mobile with internet means the frequency will above the 900Mhz then it will detect that also..?

    Reply
  4. Masud

    dear admin, i ve made the circuit,
    but problem is that, LED continously
    illuminates as DC source is
    connected..plz let me know how to
    over come this problem. Email me please ……..বাংলা লিখবেন …pls. …

    Reply
  5. rahul khanna

    sir, I assembled it on breadboard but its not working. Is it necessary to assemble it on a quality PCB?? won’t it work on the breadboard? Hoping an immediate response. thank u.

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  6. Emzzy

    Pls sir: it is working fine now but my supervisor said its too poor: pls how can i connect the output to trigger the police sirene circuit ON when the LED start flashing. Pls reply me its urgent plsss

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  7. Emzzy

    Pls sir i know this is an old post but i need u to help me out: d circuit is working bt the blinking of d led is nt so visible and its working with the diode and with 1.5v bt dosent work with higher voltage; how can i make the LED to glow more brighter: pls reply project topic

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  8. gaurav kothari

    Sir if i test this on live wire will my led glow or keep blinking please help reply bcuz m keen on working on this project plzz reply

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    • Seetharaman

      It has to be an inductor to get the stray field. you can wind the simple inductor as indicated in the Notes just bellow the circuit.

      Reply
  9. Utkarsha

    If i want to use more than one led (say 5) , and i put them in series with each other , how much volts battery will i need to use ?

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  10. shalin

    hie sir we had implement whole circuit has given above on the breadboard and at the time of connecting it with the terminals of battery led is glowing but when battery terminals are connected to the breadboard and then when we are implementing it for the output led not glowing when the incoming call sound rings or it is vibrating….sir i request you to give the suitable suggestion for these…i have to submit these project day after tomorow…

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    • Seetharaman

      Either remove D1 for 9 volt operation or reduce the supply to 1.5 volts with D1 for pumping the required voltage of 3V to LED.

      Reply
  11. vee

    guys i hv 10uH for L1, (color code brown black black.)
    will it work or not. how much inductance is produced by 150turns of 36swg coil? pls let me know. how about removing diode d1?

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    • Seetharaman

      Hi Vee it will not work. You cannot remove D1. Reduce supply voltage to 1.5 volt for operation. Only suggested air core inductor will work others will not work. Inductance value is not the criteria. it is the level of signal pick up from the mobile is the main criteria.

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  12. rahul

    How to make the inductor … I bought a bought an inductor from the ship which has some color coding .. Is it fine or should I buy another inductor which is coiled..my led is not blinking with 12uh inductor…

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    • Seetharaman

      Please go through the notes for making your own inductor which will be more sensitive than small wound inductors. The coil L1 can be made by making 150 turns of 36 SWG enameled copper wire on a 5mm dia plastic former

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    • Seetharaman

      You can use 12uH but the wound coil will be more sensitive. You can use breadboard for construction. You have to use 555 ttl timer not cmos 7555

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    • Seetharaman

      Hi Revathy please go ahead every thing is in order except the supply. use only 1.5 volt single cell not more than that. all the best.

      Reply
  13. narayana raju

    could you please tell me the cost of the IC and
    the transmitter in all mobile phones is same or not…..?
    please reply to my mail id

    Reply
  14. RonCam

    To my way of thinking, to really be useful, I’d like a diagram for a circuit that ‘latches’ on, when the phone rings, and ‘latches’ off, by pressing a button switch, in the circuit.

    A very small, flashing LED should consume very little power and not be too detrimental to battery life.

    After receiving a call or SMS, most phones go to standby with a black screen, so just by looking at the phone you have no idea if anything has happened — unless you happened to be close by, when the event occurred.

    Now, a circuit that does that, would be great!!

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  15. shravan

    i am gonna do “mobile incoming call indicator ” as my own mini i need your help as well to offer me circuit simulation + circuit analysis electronically and any other information if it’s available in next four days, would you please help me????

    Reply
  16. Muhammad Ayaz Zakir

    I worked out the problem.
    Just remove the diode D1. The circuit works fine. The LED flashes before the cell phone rings even before the cell phone receives the call.
    Note: I made it on breadboard and it works fine.

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    • Srinu

      Boss i want about inductor? I use 10uh inductor it is like resistor shape. Then it can use in the ckt the l.e.d glows continiously and l.e.d doesn’t depend on inductor..
      i want clarification about ckt connections and making of inductor plz help me plz…

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  17. dia

    sir, the led comes on when supplied and it does not detect the mobile phone signals as required. how can i solve this problem. please i need a solution now….i have to submit the project tomorrow

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    • Seetharaman

      Hi dia reduce the supply to 1.5 volt. now when switched on the LED will not light up as it requires 1.7 volt or greater. once the mobile gets the call the radiation from the mobile is picked up by the coil, C1 and D2 will take care of raising the voltage to 3 volts and the LED will flicker as per the ring tone.

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      • Wajahat Ali

        Hi
        Can the NE555 IC operate at 1.5V supply or do we need to change it to a CMOS chip like 7555?
        Also, can the polyester capacitors be replaced with ceramic capacitors?
        Also, how much variation is tolerable for the sensor coils dimensions? I made one using 35 SWG enameled copper wire on with around 140 turns on 5 cm diameter former as instructed here: http://www.redcircuits.com/Page47.htm. Is that OK?
        Please help me out here. Thanks.

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  18. rashmi

    cn i knw sumthng more abt dis projct? i want to have a detailed information about this projct? how the connections should be made and all??? please….

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  19. Sharif

    I have built the circuit on a PCB board. the led comes on straight on. i have a 10uh inductor coil and have removed D1.
    can you please advise what else i need to check to make the circuit work

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  20. KR

    Can you please send me more details for this project to me? Can i make myself on the PCB board (draw circuit and etching)?

    Reply
  21. Vivek Oza

    I just interested in the projects and I had need of that projects which will helpful in major projects.I thanks to founder of this website and request him/her to bring strong logical projects……….

    Reply
  22. njifor

    sir, the led comes on when supplied and it does not detect the mobile phone signals as required. how can i solve this problem. please i need the answer today ..very urgently!!

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    • dia

      sir, the led comes on when supplied and it does not detect the mobile phone signals as required. how can i solve this problem. please i need the answer now….

      Reply
    • Seetharaman

      Hi Greeshma you can assemble this on any group board/vero board or dot matrix board etc. You need not connect this to your mobile phone just keep it near to your mobile phone

      Reply
  23. Rupesh

    Hi…
    I done this project on breadboard and I giv 1.5 volt supply (reference redcircuits.com) but I am not getting any output so plz guide me guyzz if u can…

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  24. kavya

    plz………. sir give me some information and working of this proj to me on my mail i work on this proj so tomorrow is final samition of my poject plz so sent me some information to me

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    • Rupesh Kadam

      Hi…
      I done this project on breadboard and I giv 1.5 volt supply but I am not any output so plz guide me guyzz if u can.

      Reply
  25. PRAVEEN KUMAR

    HOW DO I CONNECT IT TO THE MOBILE ? ,DESCRIBE ITS ADVANTAGES AND DISADVANTAGES OVER OTHERS SEND ANSWERS TO MY MAIL SOON…

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  26. mutia

    I want use this circuit for my final project. But, i just wanna make the simulation of it. can u tell me sir, what kind of program can i use to make the simulation of this circuit.
    thank you.

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    • sneha hande

      my ckt in which led wiil glow when applying vlg but not blink when call comming,and also ask u that i have to connect phone in ckt or not………..plz reply on my email id

      Reply
  27. sai sudeepth

    main benefit of this project is it is not so complicated and related to more general purpose practical applications

    Reply
  28. oscar

    Sir im very much impressed eith the project can you please send me more details about the project and also the approximate amount of each componet thanks.

    Reply
  29. ashish

    Sir, I would like to know about all modifications possible to this circuit since our project guide is adamant that modifications are necessary.awaiting a reply

    Reply
  30. Alimuzzaman Chowdhury

    Well……the LED is always on right after the supply is given…..it doesnt blink anyway……anybody have any solution ?????????

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  31. shoair

    sir
    can u plz tell me which type of coil is useful for this circuit, can i use copper wire of co-axial wires?? round it to form a coil plz sir reply.. i’ll be thankful to you..

    Reply
  32. supriya

    plz can u give me more information about that i don’t get that how the mobile relation about ckt i mean can we used here sim card or not plz……….. give me information fast
    THANK YOU

    Reply
  33. swetha

    i am working on dis circuit since a mnth .. led starts glowing as soon as i give the supply irrespective of mobile ringing .. will any1 suggest me wat to do?

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  34. Ashwin

    In response to my earlier comment, this circuit has a few minor modifications( which i made) for it to work…..

    It’s working really well except for the part where the range of the device comes into play…. and i would like a bit of expert help…

    Contact : reach4ashwin@facebook.com

    PS: This circuit is really good and works well… Thank You to whoever posted it :-)

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  35. Rehan Rahat

    Dear i am working with this circuit ihave compelete it but reason is that i maked ciruit with all above componant specified LED continously glow, there is no effect of mobile call on 10uH coil. Plz give me reply if any buddy have solution of this project. regads

    Reply

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    • Seetharaman

      Hi Rehan either reduce voltage to single cell(1.5 Volt) operation or remove Diode D1 for 6 volts operation

      Reply
  36. Seetharaman

    Hi Sushma read second paragraph of the description, which is very clear.
    Hi Rizwan there are lots of comments on the working please remove D1 as per Mr Rohit,s comment it will start working.

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  37. Rizwan

    i am working with this circuit now i have to submit this mini project on mondoy. the reason is that by making ciruit with all above componant specified LED continously glow, there is no effect of mobile call on 10uH coil. plzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz reply the solution now, i am waiting, plzzz

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  38. devayani

    Ashwin can you please help by telling the what changes you made in the circuit
    reply me as soon as possible
    regards,
    devyani

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  39. devayani

    We are doing this for our mini project… We used a 10-uH coil inductance coil.. and rest components as it is mentioned above .. can any one please tell whether we need to remove the diode or place a 470 ohm resistor which one of it works efficiently.. plz reply as soon as possible
    thanking you,
    devayani

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  40. JAIHIND

    PLZ Help me when i made this circuit it work but the LED glowing continuous
    and when call incoming or outgoing then it not blink just like indicator so what i do that plz help me and its range how to increase can any one help me plz if u know solution then msg me i will call u…….
    jaihind20@gmail.com
    09936200200

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  41. Ashwin

    It is working perfectly for me… Thank you very much…
    Can anyone please help me simulate this in MULTISIM…

    Am in a hurry… please contact me if you can help..
    email : hotashwin92@gmail.com
    phone(india) : +918903413662

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  42. jumana mp

    hello friends,
    we made this ckt and the led is glowing continuosly through out,
    We checked by removing the diode, inserting 470 ohm in between led positive supply etc. Nothing is giving a change. Somebody who did the ckt please help me.I have to submit the project on this monday

    thanking you,
    jumana mp

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  43. himaja

    excuse me seetharam when the call is coming the led is continously glowing as previous but der is no difference in glowing of led

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  44. student

    dear sir,
    we are working with this circuit but LED is not glowing; can u explain d whole design of this circuit in detail?

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  45. enomity

    i so much luv ur mobile incoming call circuit. pls i’ve not been able 2 find d value of 100nf, cud u hlp me wit equivalent? perhaps, hw is the inductor done, is it clockwise or anticlockwise?

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  46. mrisho

    Sir, i m going to do this as my mini project. plz help me with the battery rating. It is rated as 6V but I need the current rating also. so kindly help me with this. also, will it work with the IN5819? Or should I use other diode? Plz help me.

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  47. Saurabh

    Sir, i m going to do this as my mini project. plz help me with the battery rating. It is rated as 6V but I need the current rating also. so kindly help me with this. also, will it work with the IN5819? Or should I use other diode? Plz help me.

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  48. Vishal maurya

    Dear friends, i am going to prepare mobile indicator mini project pllz anyone give me miss call i will call you back 9044655124

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  49. sumit

    please give me full construction and working of Mobile incoming call indicator with ckt and please tell me that this works or not thnx

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  50. Hala Abuamer

    hello every one……..

    i am gonna do “mobile incoming call indicator ” as my own mini project,and i already buy the components in order to reconstruct the circuit as soon as possible …….i need your help as well to offer me circuit simulation + circuit analysis electronically and any other information if it’s available in next four days, would you please help me???? if so, contact me through (abuamer.hala@yahoo.com)

    looking forward to hear from you soon

    thank you

    Reply
  51. Bronx

    Sir, what will i substitute to the polyster capacitors if it is not available? can i use mylar or ceramic? and also can i use 50V?

    Reply
  52. NAEEM ASHRAF

    Dear circuitstoday team your all projects are very excellent and greats i am using your all circuits here is some mistakes are avilbale kindly find that your some mistakes but i belive that your team working is excellents thnks
    Regards
    Naeem Ashraf

    Reply
  53. Prasad

    Sir can I get to know about how to solder mobile headphone’s(Earphone’s) jack?
    Mine is not working and i want to know the reason behind improper working by them…..Also I want to experience with it….Mine is showing some of its wires…But they are too small to be soldered…..So please give me some clue about how to do it…..!

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  54. Suresh

    Hey,I hav did the circuit as it is in the circuit diagram,bt the prblm is that LED is glowing continously nd thr is no blinking…. Please help me to do it……

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  55. nadine

    Hey!!!…i tried winding the 28 SWG on a coke can with 200 turns…but the LED isnt lighting!!!…can u help me out???…lso do i have to remove the can before its connected to the circuit???…

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  56. sandeep

    i ve made the circuit, but it s not workin properly…
    can i replace that IN5819 diode by any other diodes???
    please help me..

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  57. charles daniel

    Hi am doing the project of cell phone detector but the LED is blink without turning off and any body who can help me the capacitor picture of 100nf

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  58. sweet boy

    nop…just 2 volts across Led… i think there should b some mistake in cct diagram shown, coz with the diode Led get the supply, n starts blowing… may be thats the rezn !!!

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  59. sweet boy

    dear admin, i ve made the circuit, but problem is that, LED continously illuminates as DC source is connected..plz let me know how to over come this problem.

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  60. Seetharaman

    Hi Anshul You have to use a coil as explained in the notes for L1, as it has to pickup stray rf field.
    Radial inductors (radial leaded inductors) will have the leads comming from one side of the bobin hence can be inserted to PCB directly. axial leaded inductors the leads have to be bent by 90 deg to insert into the PCB.

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  61. seetharaman

    dear ADMIN, It looks like a mistake in the circuit. with the diode connected the LED will get a supply of 5.6volt from a 6volt battery directly. LED may get destroyed immedeately. The diode can be deleted or the supply voltage can be reduced to 1.5volt with a 7555 cmos timer. with pulsed 3 volt the led can blink.

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