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How do I manage my voicemail?

Visual VoicemailApple's Visual Voicemail system not only lets callers leave you a voice message, it allows you to pick which message you want to listen to. Gone are the days when you had to listen to a long list of messages just to get to the one you're interested in. Here are some tips on how to use the feature and manage your voicemail:

Use Visual Voicemail to listen to the important messages first


  • If you have new messages waiting for you, the Slide to Unlock screen will change to Slide to Listen, taking you directly to the Visual Voicemail screen.
  • If your phone is already unlocked, you'll see a small red number on top of the Voicemail icon indicating the number of voice messages waiting for you. Tap on the icon to go to the Visual Voicemail screen.
  • A blue dot next to a message means that you haven't listened to it yet.
  • Tap on a message to listen to it; tap it again to pause.

  • Use the slider to fast-forward or rewind a message.

  • Tap on Delete to erase the message.
  • Tap on Call Back to dial the person back.

  • Tap on the blue arrow next to each message to go to that person's contact information screen.

  • Tap on Greeting in the top left corner of the screen to record your personal voicemail greeting.


Retrieve Deleted Messages


If you ever accidently delete a message, you can retrieve it by scrolling all the way down the voicemail list of messages and tapping Deleted Messages.