You are here: Set up Line Keys (Power Keys) > Add Shared Line Appearance Keys

Add Shared Line Appearance Keys

With 8x8 Shared Line Appearance (SLA) keys, you can share a phone line with another team member or your boss. Receive calls intended for another user and place calls on their behalf using their phone number, but from the convenience of your device. Whether you are covering for your boss or a team member who is away from their desk, you can simply use the SLA key on your desk phone to receive as well as make calls on their behalf.

For example, Lisa who is an executive assistant for Rob needs to handle his calls when he is away from his desk or is busy. On Lisa's device, you can set up a shared line appearance key which allows Lisa to push a button and not only answer incoming calls for Rob but place calls on his behalf. She can handle Rob's calls from the convenience of her desk.

Note: You can only have one SLA key for each selected user. If you are part of a group that takes calls for a store, this prevents you from managing concurrent calls via multiple shared lines per person.

SLAs must be added from the Configuration Manager and pushed to the phone device.


With SLA keys, you can collaborate better with your colleagues and engage better with your clients. You can:

Note: Sidecars do not support Shared Line Appearance keys.


Set Up Shared Line Keys

You can add a device that supports SLA keys, activate the device, and set up the SLA keys via the Users page.

To set up SLA keys:

  1. Go to Home > Users.
  2. Edit or create a user. See how to Add VO Users.
  3. Under Voice Basic Settings > Device model, select a device that supports Line Keys, and activate it. The Line key configuration link appears next to the device.

    Note: The link only appears for devices that support Line Keys, such as VVX 300. Please refer to the list of 8x8 supported phones for Line Keys.

  4. Click Line Key configuration.
    You find access to three types of keys: BLF key, Speed dial key, and Line appearance.
  5. Click + Line appearance.
  6. Select Line appearance - Shared line as the type. For devices that support both LAK and SLA, upon exceeding the limit for line appearance keys, SLA is the only option available to you.
  7. Select a user to appear on the line key appearance. You can search by first name, last name, and email.
  8. Click Save.
    The SLA key appears on the list with a green bar indicator. Hover over next to each key to drag and drop and rearrange the keys.
  9. Click to Save the Shared Line Appearance key.
  10. Click to Save the user.
    You see the new SLA key on your phone once you save the changes in the application. The phone reboots automatically to show the updates. Your SLA keys appear on the phone display, and give you the ability to handle calls for the selected devices.

Edit Shared Line Keys

You can add, edit or delete SLA keys from the Users or Devices pages.

To edit SLA keys from the Users page:

  1. Go to Home > Users.
  2. While editing a user, go to Voice Basic Settings > Device model > Line key configuration.
  3. Make the required changes and click Save.

To edit SLA keys from the Devices page:

  1. For a quick and easy access to the Line Key configuration page, go to Home > Devices.
  2. Find an activated device that supports Line Keys and is assigned to one. Click View device report.
  3. Click next to the device that is configured with Line Keys.
  4. Make the required changes and click Save.


Refer to the following frequently-asked questions for more information:


Send us your Feedback