Guide for Spok Mobile Paging Application

Spok Mobile Paging

Spok Mobile Paging app is a smartphone application that replaces a physical pager with an app on an iPhone or Android phone, and provides the ability for secure two-way communication between Spok Mobile subscribers.


Note: We are decommissioning physical pagers and transitioning to Spok Mobile Paging Application. To learn more about physical pager replacement project, view the Unified Communications page.

To cancel your physical pager, complete:
Cancel Service Form





Attention: New Feature


Turn on notifications if Focus Mode is enabled and turn on Mute Override feature

Be sure to turn on the Override Mute Switch on Spok Mobile App or allow Spok Mobile app to deliver messages if Focus Mode is enabled. If the below steps aren’t taken, you may not be notified when you receive a page.

Learn more in how to turn on notifications if Focus Mode is enabled and turn on Mute Override feature when Do Not Disturb feature is enabled in FAQ section →

Do not enable notification summary for Spok Mobile

Notification Summary on iOS 15 provides a summary of app notifications at one time during the day.  Make sure the Spok Mobile app’s toggle is off for ‘Apps in Summary’ in Device Settings. If added, the Spok Mobile app will not notify (play sound) when the user receives any message. 





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About Spok Mobile Paging App

What is Spok Mobile

  • Spok Mobile is a Smartphone application that replaces a physical pager with an app on an iPhone or Android phone, and provides the ability for two-way communication between Spok Mobile subscribers.

How to receive messages

  • After application set-up, messages are routed from our paging application to your Spok Mobile app on your compatible smartphone.
  • Pages are sent via a Data connection. The pages can be sent via Cellular (4G, 5G, etc.) or Wi-Fi.  As long as you have some form of data connection, we can transmit the page.
  • Out of Data Coverage?  No worries, as soon as you step back into coverage, the page will be there waiting for you.
  • For iOS users: whenever there is an iOS update, you will still receive your Spok mobile message notifications.
  • The application is completely stand-alone. It has a different set of ringtones that are not shared with your phone’s ringtones.
  • Secure messages are sent via HTTPS.

How to use

  • A Spok Mobile page requires you to acknowledge the page and will continue to “beep” until you acknowledge it. Receipt confirmation is sent back to the paging system.
  • People paging you will continue to search by name or pager ID, it will be transparent to people paging you if you have Spok Mobile or not.  Your phone number is not shared with anyone.
  • If the other person sending you the page is sending it from their Spok Mobile app, you will have the option to "Reply" and have the capability of 2-Way Paging.
Physical pagers - returning

If you are unable to return your physical pager and to cancel pages, complete this Cancel Service or Return Device form. Please be sure to delete all pages on your physical pager, which includes any PHI pages. 

How to delete pages

  1. Click Green button
  2. Select page you want to delete by using the ← or → Arrow Buttons
  3. Click Red (Dot) Button to choose the page
  4. Click Red (Dot) Button again to bring up menu
  5. Use Arrow Button to select Delete Page or Delete All Pages
  6. Click Red (Dot) Button again to confirm

If you are able to return your physical pager, at your earliest convenience, go to one of our Communication offices. 

  • CHS: A-7-180; typically, open M–F 9am-3pm; closed 12pm-1pm 
  • Ronald Reagan: B626; typically, open M-F 8am-4pm; closed 12pm-1pm 
  • Santa Monica: Pavilion Level 1, Room 1445; open 24/7

University of California Policy BFB-G-46 provides guidance as to the appropriate circumstances for University purchase of electronic communications resources for use by employees outside of the workplace. Electronic communication resources include equipment and service support for cellular phones, personal digital assistants (PDAs), pagers, and other electronic communication devices for use by employees outside of the workplace 

For both your personal benefit and the benefit of others, you must assume responsibility for making the best possible use of your communication device privileges and for not abusing them. Users must respect the rights of other users, and observe all relevant laws (federal and state) and University regulations and policies. This includes not only those laws and regulations that are specific to computers, but also those that may apply generally to personal conduct.

University electronic services may not be used for purposes that could reasonably be expected to cause, directly or indirectly, excessive strain on any computing facilities, or unwarranted or unsolicited interference with others use of phones, pagers and mobile devices.

All members of the UCLA Health Sciences workforce are also responsible for securing and maintaining the confidentiality and integrity of Electronic Protected Health Information (ePHI), that is, any protected health information that is created, stored, transmitted, or received electronically. Under this guideline, you are responsible for protecting the integrity of any information that identifies an individual and his or her health information.

Update Settings

For Spok Mobile to work properly:

  • Allow Push Notification for Spok Mobile on your mobile phone
  • Be sure your alert volume on your phone is not set low or on silent
  • Turn off ‘Low Power Mode’. Be sure you have cellular data and Wi-Fi data turned on at all times


Forgot my password?

If you forgot your password for Spok Mobile App, follow the below steps:

  1. Enter your Spok Mobile Username, which is your 10-digit mobile phone number (numbers only and not dashes).
  2. Tap Forgot Password?
    Spok Mobile Login Screen
  3. Spok Mobile will send an automated email to your Mednet Email address with a new Spok Mobile password.

    Note: If you did not get the email, call Customer Care at (310) 267-CARE (2273)
  4. Enter the new password in the Password field, and make sure Accept the License Agreement is checked.
  5. Tap Sign In. This should bring you to the Messages.

If you forgot your password for Directory Authentications (SmartWeb), follow the below steps:

  1. Tap the Compose icon on the top right of the screen
  2. Tap into the search field and enter “bruin” and wait a moment for the Directory login page to display
  3. Enter your Pager ID and Smart Web password,
    • The ‘Messaging ID/Web Username’ is your 5-digit pager number
    • The ‘Password’ is your SmartWeb password, To reset password, you can call the Page Operator at (310) 206-6766
      Spok Mobile Authentication screen
  4. Tap Authenticate
  5. Please send a test page to yourself to verify that you are registered with UCLA’s paging system.
  6. If you receive the page, you are all set.
How to create and reply to messages?

How To Create and Reply to Spok Messages on iPhone →

How To Create and Reply to Spok Messages on Android →

How to request page to email feature?

Current pager subscribers can request to have their pager messages delivered to their Mednet email addresses. 

The Page to Email feature will only be configured on your pager profile in conjunction with an existing pager device (a physical pager or Spok Mobile paging app) and does not replace the need for a physical pager device. There is no additional cost for this feature.

Requirements for Page to Email Feature

  • An active Pager Device
  • Mednet Email Address
  • The name on your Pager ID MUST correspond to your Mednet email address

Note: Page to Email is a mandatory requirement for Spok Mobile users.

Request Page to Email Form

How to turn on Critical Alerts and Mute Override feature with Do Not Disturb enabled? - NEW

Spok Mobile users with iPhones, please be aware, you must switch on both Critical Alerts and Override Mute Switch to override the iPhones’ do not disturb and mute switch.

Note: Android users already has this feature. Critical Alerts will not work on Apple iOS watches.

To turn this feature on:

  1. From your iPhone Settings 

  2. Select Spok Mobile

  3. Tap Notifications 

  4. Tap to turn on both Allow Critical Alerts and Allow Notifications 

    Spoke Mobile Notification Settings
  5. Then from inside the Spok app, click on the top left 3 horizontal lines 
  6. Select Settings
  7. Select High Priority Tone
    Spok Mobile Settings Tones
  8. Toggle to turn on Override Mute Switch
    Spok Mobile Settings High Priority Tone
  9. Repeat step #7 for Medium Priority Tone and Low Priority Tone
How to turn on Spok Notifications if Focus Mode (iOS 15+) is enabled? - NEW

Focus Mode on iOS 15 is an enhancement is an evolution of the existing Do Not Disturb feature that provides flexibility for iPhone users to customize how they want to be notified and when. When Focus Mode is enabled, the Spok Mobile notification will be silenced and not play sound. 

To enable notifications, even if the Focus Mode is on, you must select one of two of the following options: 

Option 1: Turn on the Override Mute Switch

Directions listed in above under How to turn on Do Not Disturb and Mute Override feature?

Option 2: Allow Spok Mobile app to deliver notifications in the enabled Focus mode(s)

  1. From your iPhone Settings 
  2. Select Focus
  3. Tap Work
    Focus Mode- Allow Notification-Work Setting
  4. Tap Add App to Allow Notifications
    Focus Mode- Allow Notification-Add App
  5. Select Spok Mobile App
    Focus Mode- Allow Notification Search Spok App
  6. Spok Mobile App will appear in allowed notifications list
    Focus Mode- Allowed Notifications Apps
  7. Repeat steps 3-6 for every Focus Modes (Do Not Disturb, Personal, and Sleep Modes)
How to update my page Referral and Coverage Exceptions?

Referral Exceptions allow you to sign out your pager to a phone number

Coverage Exceptions allow you to sign out of your pager to another UCLA pager.

Learn how to update Referral and Coverage Exceptions → 

What page status are available and not available?


  • On Pager
  • On Campus - On Pager
  • Off Campus - Available on Pager

Not Available

  • Not Available on Pager
  • At Home
  • On vacation-Not Available
  • Not Available-Storing Msgs
  • If Emergency Call Operator
  • In Main O.R. Storing Msgs
  • At UCLA Emergency Call Operator
  • Elvis
  • No Status
What other applications are available for UCLA Health iPhone?

UCLA Health provides a convenient way to access and download a repository of mobile apps used on the U App Catalog.  The U App catalog will be available to you once you enroll your mobile device in Intelligent Hub.

View a full list of applications on U App Catalog on UCLA Health iPhone page.

What to do if unable to change Spok Mobile status?

If you are unable to change your Spok Mobile status, try these options:

  1. Go to Spok mobile settings and allow notifications
  2. Restart your phone
  3. If that did not fix the issue, and then delete the app, reinstall and go through the registration process.
Why am I not getting my notifications?

As mentioned above, you must allow Spok Mobile App to deliver notifications by updating settings.  

When you first install the Spok Mobile app, you should have tapped allow to Send Notifications and Critical Alerts. However, if you did not, you can update your notification for immediate alerts on Spok Mobile app by following these steps:

  • Go to Settings application 
  • Tap Notifications
  • Tap Spok Mobile
  • For Allow Notifications, tap toggle ON
Will Spok Mobile work on Apple Watch?

It is not recommended to use Spok Mobile on Apple Watch. 

If you added the Spok Mobile application on your Apple Watch, notifications will be disabled on your iPhone. To enable notifications back on your iPhone:

  1. Open the Apple Watch app on your iPhone, then tap the My Watch tab.
  2. Tap Notifications.
  3. Tap Spok Mobile app
  4. Tap Disable Notification Mirror on your Apple Watch in your settings, which will enable notifications back on your iPhone.