How to Change Your Voicemail Message on iPhone

Need iPad and iPhone help? Sign up for iPhone Life Insider and Sarah will help you with all your iPhone troubleshooting and iOS-related issues. To learn more go to In this Hey Sarah column, one Insider wants to know how to change the default greeting on their iPhone's voicemail. Other questions include how to view more than the current month on Apple Watch and how to sort notes in the Notes app alphabetically.

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Hey Sarah,

How can I view more than the current month on my Apple Watch?



Dear Outdated,

You are far from the only person who wants to be able to see upcoming months on their Apple Watch. However, while the Today view in the Apple Watch Calendar app will show you appointments for the next week, even if a new month starts during that week, the Month view will only show the current month—even if it’s the last day of that month. Apple needs to add this feature, stat! The only thing I can recommend at this point is requesting this feature from Apple:

Hey Sarah,

How do I change the default Voicemail greeting on my iPhone 8 Plus?


Leave a Message

Dear Leave a Message,

You can record a new voicemail message to replace the default one by going to the Phone app and then navigating to the Voicemail tab. Tap Greeting > Custom > Record, and then begin recording your new greeting. Tap Stop when you are finished or Play to listen to your recording. If you don’t like the message, you can repeat the steps to record a new message. When you have recorded a voicemail greeting you like, just tap Save.

Hey Sarah,

How do I alphabetize my Notes app? Right now it’s chronological.



Dear ABC,

You can alphabetize your Notes app in Settings. Simply go to Settings > Notes and then under Viewing you will see the option Sort Notes By. Tap on that and select Title. Your notes should now be listed in alphabetic order.

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Sarah Kingsbury

Sarah Kingsbury is the Senior Web Editor and SEO Content Manager at iPhone Life. She manages the web editorial team and oversees all web and newsletter content. A long-time Apple enthusiast, Sarah can't live without her iPhone, Macbook Air, HomePod, Apple TV, or Apple Watch. As the original contributor to the iPhone Life Tip of the Day Newsletter, she wrote hundreds of iPhone how-tos to help users master their iPhones. It's safe to say that she has written or edited every tip published on! In her 20 years of editing and writing, Sarah has done everything from working as the associate editor of the Iowa Source magazine to developing recipes and reviewing cookbooks for a vegetarian cooking website. But teaching people how to use their Apple devices is her favorite job so far.