How to set up a Dialpad inbox in Front


Dialpad is a cloud-based phone system and call center software solution that allows you to log call activity and listen to call and voicemail recordings directly from Front.

If you’d like to use Dialpad’s in-app phone integration or connect a Dialpad SMS number to send and receive messages, see the articles below:

How it works

For each Dialpad call, the Dialpad integration will display a separate conversation in Front with information about which of your agents and groups were involved, how long the call was, and who the contact was. Replying to these conversations will be disabled as they are call logs. 

Call activity

You will receive messages in Front for the following Dialpad activities:

  • Inbound calls
  • Missed call
  • Outbound calls
  • Transferred calls

When applicable, a link to a recording or voicemail is sent as well.


The sender of the message is displayed as the phone number of the person your agent talked to, so your Contact Manager or CRM Plugin (Salesforce, Pipedrive, Zoho, Shopify, etc) will display the contact as long as the numbers match. 

Note: The format of the numbers must match exactly, including parentheses, spaces, and the leading country code.


If a contact already exists in Front with a matching phone number, then the message will display their name as the sender. If the contact does not already exist in Front, a new contact will be created for that phone number. Contact information like first and last names will not sync from Dialpad to Front.

In-app phone

Follow these instructions to add your in-app phone to Front to make and receive calls directly from Front.


Step 1

Click the gear icon on the top right of Front and into the Company or Personal settings tab, depending on which space you are working with.

Step 2

Click on Inboxes on the left menu and Add an individual inbox or Add a shared inbox, depending on which space you're in.

Step 3

Fill out the name and description of your inbox. Click Create.

Step 4

Click Channels on the left menu.

Step 5

Under SMS and telephony, choose Dialpad from the channel menu and click Connect.

Step 6

Click the blue Connect to Dialpad button.

Step 7
Take your API token from Dialpad and input it here, then click submit. You must be a company admin in Dialpad to access API tokens.

Step 8

Choose the inbox that messages will be routed to.


This feature is available on the Growth plan or above. Some legacy plans with different names may also have this feature.