Voicemail is a tool that, until recently, most users used quite frequently. However, with the advent of instant messaging it has fallen into disuse. For this reason, in this post we want to tell you everything you need to know about voicemail and everything you can do with it on your iPhone.
What is voicemail?
Voicemail is a tool that all mobile phone users have that allows anyone who calls you by phone to leave you a voice message in case you don’t answer. In this way, all those messages that they leave you accumulate in the voice mailbox, a place where you can go to listen to each and every one of those voice messages that have been left by those people who have wanted to contact you by phone and not have been able to.
As we said, the use of voicemail has fallen into disuse , mainly because for some time most people have used to communicate through instant messaging. Even when someone calls another person and he does not pick up the phone, a voice message is not usually left in the mailbox, but a message is written through WhatsApp, Telegram, iMessage or your favorite messaging app.
Adjust voicemail to your liking
Despite the fact that voicemail is less and less used, it is still just as valid and there are a series of actions that all users can perform with it. Apple, through its flagship device such as the iPhone, gives users the power to configure certain aspects of the voicemail , to personalize it and adapt it to the user’s taste.
Here we tell you everything you can do with your voicemail. That is, before continuing, you have to know that certain functions that we are going to talk about depend on the operator , so it is possible that in your case you cannot carry out any of them.
So you can check it
Obviously one of the most common actions in relation to voicemail is to consult it first, to check if there is a message pending to listen, and second, to be able to listen to said or said messages that other people have left you. To be able to do it, the process is really simple and the only thing you have to do is go to the phone application of your iPhone.
Once you are inside the Phone app, the visual voicemail, which is located at the bottom right of the screen , and which is only available with some operators, will show you a list with all the voice messages that you have unread. At this point you can choose which of them you want to play and even delete them without having listened to them. You can even see how many new messages you have available since a balloon in the Voicemail icon tells you the number of unheard messages.
In addition, currently the transcription of the voicemail is in beta in some countries, which allows and will allow when its development is complete, to be able to read in text what the people who have told you through the voice messages they have given you. left in the mailbox. At the moment it is limited to voice messages in English, and in addition, the transcription itself depends on the quality of the recording of the message.
Set it up
How could it be otherwise, through your iPhone you can also configure voicemail. The parameters or options that you can modify are not very high, since after all, a voicemail does not have many customization options either. From the outset, the first time you press “Voicemail”, you will be asked to create a password for the mailbox and record your personal greeting message, the one that always sounds after the signal. For this you have to follow the following steps.
- Click on “Voicemail” and then on “Now”.
- Create a password for your voicemail.
- Select a greeting, either the default greeting or a custom greeting that you can record by choosing this option.
Do what you want with each message
Obviously, you have several options when choosing what to do with each of the messages that reach your voicemail. You can play them to know what they have to say to you, but you can also share them as well as delete them from your voicemail. For this you can help the Apple voice assistant, Siri, and with commands such as “Hey Siri, do I have new voice messages?” or “Hey Siri, play Jorge’s voice messages” , you can have your voice assistant help you with these messages. In addition, you also have the following options available.
- Press “Voicemail” and click on a message.
- Choose any of the following options
- Play the message .
- Share the message .
- Delete the message .
Even if you have deleted a message that you did not want, you can recover it by clicking on “Deleted messages”. However, in some countries or regions the telephone operator may permanently delete the messages.
Change voicemail settings
When it comes to customizing your voicemail settings, you have three different options available. On the one hand, you can change the greeting that is always emitted after the signal, for this you just have to click on “Voicemail” and then click on Greeting. Of course, another of the actions that you can carry out is to change the voicemail password , for this you have to go to Settings, click on Phone and then on Voicemail password. Finally, you can also change the new voicemail notice by going to Settings, clicking on “Sounds and vibrations” .
What if visual voicemail is not available?
In some cases the visual voicemail is not available and therefore, if you want to listen to the messages that other people have left you in the mailbox, you have to perform a different action. If your mobile device is an iPhone, all you have to do is click on “Voicemail” and follow the instructions that appear on the screen to be able to listen to the voice messages that have been left for you. On the other hand, if you have another phone, you just have to dial your number, press “*” or “#” , depending on your operator, to skip the initial greeting and enter your password to be able to listen to the voice messages that you have pending. .
Turn off voicemail
We finish this post by telling you what is the way in which you can deactivate voicemail and that in this way no one can leave you a message when you do not pick up the phone. The first way to deactivate voicemail is to contact your operator and ask them to deactivate it. However, there is a faster way to do it from your iPhone. Here are the steps you have to carry out.
- Open the Phone app.
- Click on Keyboard .
- Type ” # 004 # and click call.
- A message will appear to confirm the deactivation of voicemail.
- Finish the operation by clicking “Close”.