How To Set Up Voicemail on iPhone

Setting up voicemail on your iPhone is important. When you’re too busy to pick a call, you can listen to recorded messages after and not miss anything important. Additionally, if you don’t recognize the number, it can save you the trouble of answering unwanted calls.

Voicemail allows callers to leave audio messages which you can listen to later. iPhones have a simple interface in the Phone app to play, replay, share or delete these recordings.

If you’re setting up your Voicemail for the first time, you will need to create a pin and, optionally, record a greeting for your callers. Follow these steps:

  1. Go to the Phone app on your iPhone.

    Go to the Phone app
    Go to the Phone app
  2. Tap on Voicemail on the lower right of the phone app.

    Tap on Voicemail
    Tap on Voicemail
  3. Tap on Call Voicemail. Depending on your carrier, you will need to create a pin or password for your Voicemail during the call. After creating your Voicemail pin, you will get a message to activate voice mail services. Other carriers will require you to tap on a Set Up Now button to activate Voicemail on your iPhone.

    Call Voicemail
    Call Voicemail
  4. Create a Greeting. After confirming the password, you can create a greeting that callers will hear before leaving a Voicemail. Choose between Default and Custom greetings. In the Default option, an automated voice says, “Your call has been forwarded to the Voicemail for (Name). No one is available to take your call. At the tone, please record your message”. The Custom option allows you to record your voice to make a more personal greeting.

    Create a Greeting
    Create a Greeting
  5. You can now play, share or delete voice messages in the “Voicemail” window.

Things to know

  • Replacing or changing your sim card may delete your available voicemails.
  • If you accidentally delete a voicemail, don’t panic; you can still retrieve it. Go to Deleted Messages > Message > Undelete.
  • Some deleted messages may be permanently gone depending on your location and carrier.
  • Your carrier may have a visual voicemail app that features a visual interface and transcripts of your messages. You can find these third-party apps in the Apple Store.
  • Availability of Voicemail, Visual Voicemails, and Voicemail transcripts may differ between specific regions and carriers.

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