Do you have a new iPhone? Then it's time to set up your visual voicemail feature. This feature allows you to view all voicemails without having to call a number first. You can organize, delete, and play your voicemails from this convenient menu, but first you need to know how to set up voicemail on an iPhone.
Note: This operation should work on most modern iPhones, including iPhone 8 and iPhone X, although you may want to make sure that iOS is updated before you begin – do so via Settings> General> Software Update . If you have not yet set up basic voice mail through your wireless service provider, jump to our additional tip to get started and make sure everything is ready for visual voicemail.
Setting up voicemail on your iPhone
Almost every telephone company in North America now supports visual voicemail. Apple has a complete list of carriers and what they support if you want to check, but if you use a major carrier at all, you're probably covered. This is how it works:
Step 1: Go to the Phone app at the bottom of your iPhone home screen and select it. At the bottom of the phone window, the icon Voicemail is displayed in the right corner. Select this option to open your visual voice mail.
Step 2: The voicemail screen should display a blank area with a Now Setup button in the center of the screen. Choose this. Now you have the choice: If you have used the voicemail service of the iPhone in the past and logged in before, you can enter your old password here to automatically access your old voicemails. If you have not previously used visual voice mail, you must create a password and reenter it. When finished, select Done .
Step 3: Now your iPhone will call the Welcome screen. If the greeting is not important to you, you can select Standard and then Done to skip this step. If you would like to personalize your greeting, select Custom then Record to record your greeting, and play to repeat it. When you are satisfied, select Done .
Step 4: Your iPhone voicemail is now officially set up. However, you can also read here how to move voice mail around Apple services. You can share voicemails with AirDrop, send them to others, save them as audio memos to save space, and much more. Check your options and familiarize yourself with the voicemail system!
Not satisfied? Try an app instead
If Apple's visual voicemail interface leaves you unimpressed, you can search for an iOS visual voice mail app to replace it. We suggest trying an app like InstaVoice or YouMail. These apps offer unique interfaces and additional features (like linking multiple phone numbers) that you prefer over Apple's standard offering, and both are free downloads.
Additional tip: Setting up Basic Voicemail
You may want to set up basic voice mail on your phone and use it until you're ready for visual voicemail. If you've just switched providers or are your first mobile service provider, you probably need to set up basic voicemail features directly with them. This is a good option if you want to get more familiar with your phone and use traditional voicemail until the visual voicemail app is set up.
Most of these setup procedures require you to dial the correct number and set up your voicemail over the phone, but they all differ in small ways. Let's go through the major carrier to see what they need.
AT & T : Here you can read the specific instructions of AT & T. You can start with the Voicemail key or press and hold the "1" key. Then set up a welcome and password for your voicemail (this is a prerequisite now). With AT & T, you can upgrade your voicemail for more storage space, but you do not need to set up a visual voicemail
Verizon : Verizon's setup is app-based and easy to perform before you set up a visual voicemail. Select the Phone app, select Voicemail and go to Set Now . This will guide you through the selection of a password and a greeting on your iPhone.