Do you have a new iPhone? Then it's time to set up your visual voicemail. This is the function that allows you to view all your voicemails without first having to call a number. Visual voicemail lists of all your voicemail messages, so you can choose which you want to listen to now or later and which you want to share or delete. Depending on your iPhone model and location, you may also be able to read transcripts of your voicemail messages with the iPhone's voicemail-to-text feature. You can organize, delete and play your voicemails via this handy menu, but first you need to know how to set it up correctly and make it work.
This process should work on most modern iPhones, up to the brand new 1
You can even save your visual voicemail messages as notes or voice memos, or share them with apps such as Messages, Mail or Airdrop.
Setting up voicemail on your iPhone
Virtually every telephone provider in North America now supports visual voicemail. Apple has a full list of providers and what they support if you want to check, but if you use a large provider, you are probably covered. This is what you should do:
Step 1: Go to the Phone app at the bottom of your iPhone home screen and select it. At the bottom of the telephone window you will see the icon Voicemail in the right corner. Select this to open your visual voicemail.
Step 2: The voicemail screen must display an empty space with a button for Set now in the center of the screen. Select this. Now you have the choice: if you have used the iPhone's voicemail service in the past and have previously registered, you can enter your old password here to automatically access your old voicemails. If you have never used visual voicemail, you must create a password and enter it again. When you are finished, select Done .
Step 3: Now your iPhone will display the screen Greeting . If you do not care much about the greeting, you can select Standard and then Ready to skip this step. To personalize your greeting, select Custom then Record to record your greeting and Play to repeat it again. Select Ready .
Step 4: Step 4: Your iPhone voicemail is now officially set up if you are satisfied with it. However, you can also take a look here for more information about moving voicemails within Apple services. You can share voicemails with AirDrop, email them to others, save them as an audio memo to save space and more. View your options and feel comfortable using the voicemail system.
Set up a visual voicemail transcript
Starting with iOS 10 and active on 6s-model iPhones, you can see both your visual voicemail and a text transcription of the message. Voicemail transcripts take the audio file and output it through Apple Servers using machine learning to convert the audio into text. That way you can listen to or read your messages. To view both, Siri must be enabled via Settings> Siri & search> and Language English (US) or English (Canada) . Although the transcription function is in beta, it is pretty accurate for the most part. Once you've set it up, you can tap an earlier or existing message and it will start a new text transcription.
Not satisfied? Try an app
If Apple's visual voicemail interface doesn't impress you, you can look for a visual voicemail app for iOS to replace it. We recommend that you try an app such as InstaVoice or YouMail. These apps offer unique interfaces and additional functions (such as linking multiple phone numbers) that you may prefer over the standard Apple offer, and both are free downloads.
Setting up basic voicemail
You may want to set up and use standard voicemail on your phone until you are ready for visual voicemail. If you have just switched providers or this is your first provider, you should probably set default voicemail directly with them. This is a good option if you still feel comfortable with your phone and want to use traditional voicemail until it's time to set up the visual voicemail app.
For most of these installation procedures, you must choose the correct number and set up your voicemail over the phone, but they all differ in small ways. Let's go through the main carrier to see what they need.
AT&T : You can read the specific AT&T instructions here. You want to start by pressing the V oicemail or by holding down the "1" key. You then set a greeting and password (this is required) for your voicemail. With AT&T you can also upgrade your voicemail for more space, but this is not necessary to set up visual voicemail.
Verizon : Verizon has a FAQ help page on its website for Android phones, but refer to Apple & # 39; s instruction page for setting up visual voicemail on your iPhone.
T-Mobile : Like Verizon, T-Mobile refers you to the Apple instruction page to set up visual voicemail.
Sprint : If you have a Sprint telephone, you must also hold "1" here. You can find more information about the process here.