How to set up voicemail settings on iPhone? The last time we blogged about how to turn off your voicemail service, however, this time we are going to show you how to set up and manage your iPhone’s voicemail. In every country on every continent, over 1 billion voicemails are left every single day, despite the fact that voicemail can be time-consuming and inconvenient.
There are times when you may not be able to answer the phone or are simply too busy. With an iPhone voicemail feature, you can leave a message. You will set up voicemail using different methods based on where you live and what carrier you use. The following guide will provide an overview of how to set up a voicemail service on your iPhone, regardless of where you live.
How to set up your voicemail on your phone
Open your iPhone Phone App
You may be able to activate voicemail through the Phone app on some phones. According to the phone and service you use, you will have access to different types of voicemail settings. You can set up your voicemail directly from the phone dialer app if your carrier provides native visual voicemail, as it does for most carriers in the US.
This is the app you use to make calls. The first thing you need to do if this is the case for you is to open the Phone app on your iPhone. Usually found on the iPhone’s Home screen, it’s a white phone icon with a green background.
Set up Voicemail within the Phone App
On the screen, you should choose ‘Voicemail’ in the bottom right corner. To set up your voicemail, you need to follow the prompts if selecting this option initiates a call.
If tapping Voicemail does not initiate a call, the option to ‘Set Up Now’ should appear. The option should appear in the middle of the page. After you enter your password, the page should refresh. The password should be between four and six digits long.
Your voicemail is already set up if you don’t have the option of entering a password. Instead, you can record a greeting by clicking the ‘Greeting’ tab in the top left corner. Usually, this happens when you transfer data from an old phone to a new one.
Select ‘Done’ in the top right corner of the screen once you have entered your password. To confirm your password, type it in again. Once again, tap ‘Done’ to complete the setup of your voicemail password. You will then be taken to the voicemail greetings page. From here, you can customize your voicemail greetings.
If you want to use the default voicemail greeting from your service provider, tap ‘Default’ inside the greetings screen. As an alternative, you can record your own greeting by selecting ‘Custom’. Both options can be found near the top of the page. The option for recording your voicemail message will appear if you choose ‘Custom’.
Click on the ‘Record’ button at the bottom right to record your voicemail message. You will need to speak clearly to record this message. Once you have finished recording, tap ‘Stop’, then ‘Save’. To preview the message, tap ‘Play’ in the bottom left corner. It is also possible to select ‘Cancel’ to stop or change your recording.
By pressing ‘Save’, you can return to any webpage or app on your iPhone once you are satisfied with your voicemail message. Now that your voicemail is set up, you can customize the greeting and protect it with a password.
By calling your service provider, you can set up your voicemail
Although you can set up voicemail on some iPhones using the Phone app, depending on where you live, this might not be possible. You may not be able to set up your voicemail using the phone app on older versions of the iPhone and from different service providers. If your service provider offers this feature, you may also find a section in its settings related to setting up and managing voicemail. On the internet, you can usually find information on the way to activate voicemail for your specific provider by searching ‘how to set up voicemail for your provider.’
Some countries, such as Australia and New Zealand, require you to call the mailbox number of your service provider to set up your voicemail. Below are the mailbox numbers of some popular carriers in Australia:
- Vodafone – 121
- Optus – 321
- Telstra – 101
You will also find here the voicemail numbers for popular New Zealand service providers:
- 2Degrees – 202
- Vodafone – 707
When you set up voicemail with your carrier, you may be asked to record your name for your standard greeting. Follow the instructions to change your notification method, personalize your greeting, and set up a security code.
You may need to contact your mobile carrier’s support team if you still have issues setting up your voicemail. Getting in touch with a representative from your service provider is as simple as calling its helpline. Information about how to reach your specific provider can be found on their website. Check your phone’s billing information or homepage for information about your service provider. If you feel the need to call, schedule some time. As you wait to speak with someone, you may be kept on hold for a long time depending on the time of day.
Time for an Alternative Voicemail System?
Despite the ease of setting up voicemail, some phone providers and carriers charge extra fees, and voicemail can sometimes lead to playing cat-and-mouse with those trying to reach you.
Additionally, traditional voicemail services take a lot of time because the messages must be listened to in chronological order, and it may take minutes or hours to listen to caller details and the contents of each message.