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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.

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        Simple pause

        Example 2: Delayed pickup

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

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              Delayed pickup

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