How To Setup Voicemail on iPhone

Teddy Mitova
Teddy Mitova

Updated · May 04, 2022

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Having a voicemail is essential, especially if you work with people. Or if a strange number is calling you and you don’t want to pick up.

Have you set yours yet? No?

Brilliant. Let me help, then.

I’ll teach you how to set up a voicemail on an iPhone and how to make the most of it.

It’s easy, I promise.

How To Set Up a Voicemail on an iPhone

There are two options - via the app or by calling your service provider. 

Let’s take a look at both:

Within the Phone App

First, open the Voicemail settings on your iPhone

Then, you’ll see a Set Up Now button. 

How To Set Up Voicemail on iPhone - Set Up Now

How To Set Up Voicemail on iPhone - Set Up

After that, you can create a personalized profile. Choose a password and then confirm it. Remember that it needs to be between four and six numbers and letters

How To Set Up Voicemail on iPhone

Here comes the fun part:

Creating a greeting.

You can choose between a default or a personalized one. Bear in mind that if you choose a default one, it will be a pre-selected one and you won’t have the opportunity to edit it

If you go for using a custom greeting, you can record your own. Don’t forget to play it after that! If you don’t like the sound of it, you can always re-record.

When you’re done setting up voicemail on your iPhone, you’ll receive the messages in a designated inbox. It will show the: 

  • precise date 
  • time
  • length of every message
  • sender

All you have to do is tap on the message of choice and you’ll be able to hear it.

Call your service provider

Option number two:

Calling your service provider. 

Why do you need to do that?

As Harold Samuel once said: “Location, location, location.” 

In some places, you can activate the voicemail feature on your iPhone only by calling your service provider.

Just dial the number of the company and ask about the feature.

Calling your provider directly will also enable you to change the notification method.

Using a Smart Voicemail App

In addition to the aforementioned methods, you can also use a smart voicemail app. 

You can get it from the App Store. Once you’ve downloaded it, enter your number and the name of your provider. 

Instructions will pop up on your screen. After you’ve completed all the steps, you can begin using the feature.

Why Can’t I Set Up My Voicemail

There are several important factors to consider:

  • Location, as mentioned
  • iOS version
  • Call forwarding is turned on

None of them is hard to fix.

The first one we already discussed - call your service provider and ask them to enable voicemail on your iPhone.

The second one is even easier to solve. Update your device and all will be well.

Call forwarding is a bit trickier, however. Meaning you’ll have to tap three buttons, instead of just one. Nothing here is rocket science, I promise!

But first, what does call forwarding mean?

Basically, the calls are directed toward another number. So, whoever’s trying to get a hold of you won’t be able to reach your voicemail.

To fix this, go to Settings. Tap on Phone, then on Call Forwarding. Check if the function is enabled. In case it is, disable it. Then proceed with the iPhone voicemail setup if you’re not already done.

Wrap Up

There are a lot of reasons to turn on voicemail on your iPhone. It seems like an outdated concept, but trust me - it’s still very much needed.

If your job involves communicating with clients, providing them with a way to leave a message could be the difference between making and failing a deal. 

Or if you’re an introvert, like me, you can easily pass on the unfamiliar number and still find out what the person wanted. You can also avoid spam calls this way.

Well, there you have it. You now know how to set up a voicemail on an iPhone. If it doesn’t sound like the best solution for your business, you might want to try an answering service

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Teddy Mitova

Teddy Mitova

Teddy is a graduate of the University of Glasgow with MA French and German. A total bookworm and a curious cat, she loves writing, traveling, taking photos, and learning new things. Her interests include languages, literature, technology, cinema, sports (especially volleyball and table tennis), and board games. ~Geeking instensifies~

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