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How to Configure Voicemail on an iPhone

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Setting up voicemail on your first iPhone is critical. You want to ensure that your caller may leave a message if you miss a call. Here’s how to set up voicemail on your iPhone and check your messages.

Once your voicemail is ready, you may configure your alerts to notify you when a message is waiting. We’ll teach you how to listen to a message, update the password if necessary, and even re-record the welcome.

How to Set Up Voicemail on an iPhone

Setting up voicemail on an iPhone is a straightforward process that takes place in the Phone app. Open Phone and scroll down to the Voicemail menu.

Phone app, Voicemail tab

Choose “Set Up Now,” provide a voicemail password, and decide whether you want a Default or Custom greeting. If you select Custom, just follow the directions to record your own welcome.

And that’s the end of it!

Pay Attention to Your Voicemail Messages

To access your voicemail and listen to your messages, go to the Phone app’s Voicemail tab. As long as your carrier offers Visual Voicemail, you’ll see a list of messages you’ve received.

To listen to a message, select it and press the Play button. If your cellphone carrier offers Voicemail Transcription, you’ll see your message transcribed to text as well. This is useful for getting a fast overview of the message.

Voicemail messages on iPhone

Note: To find out which voicemail functions are supported in your location and by your carrier, go to the Apple Support website.

On the right side, you’ll notice a couple more voicemail message buttons. Tap the speaker symbol to listen to the message in speaker mode, the phone icon to return the call, or the trash can button to remove the message.

You’ll also see a share button on the upper right, which you can use to mail or share the message using your iPhone Share Sheet. Finally, there is an info icon (small letter I for further information on the call or caller.

Voicemail message actions on iPhone

Change the Voicemail Notifications

When you get a new voicemail, the Phone app will display a badge app icon by default. This may be altered by heading to Settings > Phone > Notifications. This number displays all Phone app alerts, including missed calls and voicemails.

When you launch the Phone app, the number of unplayed messages will be displayed on the Voicemail page.

You may also set up an alert to notify you when a new voicemail arrives. Select “Sounds & Haptics” from the Settings menu. Select “New Voicemail” from the Sounds and Vibration Patterns menu.

Tap “Vibration” at the top to pick a pattern, then tap one of the Alert Tones or Ringtones at the bottom to select a sound. To save and depart, tap “Back” in the upper left corner.

Sounds and Haptics, New Voicemail alert options

Change the Password for Voicemail

If you wish to alter the password you set up for voicemail when you first set it up, you may do it in the Settings app as well. Choose “Phone,” then “Change Voicemail Password,” type the new password, and then touch “Done.”

Change Voicemail Password on iPhone

Note: Contact your wireless provider if you have forgotten your current voicemail password.

Make a new voicemail greeting

You might also wish to alter the voicemail greeting you recorded. Open the Phone app, go to the Voicemail menu, and then press “Greeting” in the upper left corner.

To hear your current welcome, use the Play button. To record your own, choose “Custom,” then “Record” to begin, “Stop” to end, and “Save” to utilize the greeting.

Record a new voicemail greeting

As you can see, setting up voicemail on your iPhone is simple and worth a few minutes of your time so that callers may leave you a message when you’re unavailable to respond.

Learn more about the Silence Unknown Callers feature for decreasing spam calls or how to activate full-screen incoming calls on your iPhone for further assistance with calls.

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