TwiML™ Voice: <Pause>

The <Pause> verb waits silently for a specific number of seconds. If <Pause> is the first verb in a TwiML document, Twilio will wait the specified number of seconds before picking up the call.

Verb Attributes

The <Pause> verb supports the following attributes that modify its behavior:

Attribute Name Allowed Values Default Value
length integer > 0 1 second


The 'length' attribute specifies how many seconds Twilio will wait silently before continuing on.

Nesting Rules

You can't nest any verbs within <Pause>, but you can nest the <Pause> verb within the following verbs:


Example 1: Simple pause

This example demonstrates using <Pause> to wait between two <Say> verbs.

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8" ?>
    <Say>I will pause 10 seconds starting now!</Say>
    <Pause length="10"/>
    <Say>I just paused 10 seconds</Say>

Example 2: Delayed pickup

This example demonstrates using <Pause> to delay Twilio for 5 seconds before accepting a call.

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8" ?>
    <Pause length="5"/>
    <Say>Hi there.</Say>