How to Check & Delete Voicemail on Your iPhone

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If you've just bought your first iPhone, or if you're one of the many people who just never got around to setting up their voicemail until now, you may be wondering how to open and listen to voicemail on your phone. You'll also want to learn how to delete voicemail messages, since too many undeleted messages will mean new messages can't be added to your voicemail. Voicemail on your iPhone is quick and easy to use; let's get started learning how to play voicemail messages on your iPhone, and how to delete voicemails as well, so you'll never miss a message. 

Related: How to Block a Phone Number on iPhone: Texts & Calls

How to Open & Listen to Voicemail on Your iPhone:

We've already gone over how to set up voicemail on an iPhonehow to change the voicemail greeting on your iPhone, how to change your voicemail password, how to check voicemails from blocked numbers, and how to open your voicemail so you can listen to and delete messages. Check out our free Tip of the Day for more Phone and Voicemail tutorials. 

This will tell you how to listen to a voicemail. You also likely have a visual voicemail option that lets you read a transcription, depending on your iPhone and provider.

  1. Tap on the Phone icon.
  2. Tap Voicemail at the bottom of the display.

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  3. Tap on the Voicemail message you'd like to listen to.
  4. Tap the play icon. If you want, you can also tap the speaker icon to play your message on speakerphone.
  5. Some carriers also offer voicemail transcription, which will allow you to read the message instead.

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  6. You can call back the person who left you the message by tapping the Call icon.
  7. Once you've heard the message, you can tap the Delete icon if you don't need to save it; this will save room in your Voicemail box.

    tap the call icon to call back from voicemailtap the delete ion to delete a voiemail

Now you know how to open and listen to voicemail messages on your iPhone, as well as how to delete unwanted messages! 

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Leanne Hays

Leanne Hays is a Feature Writer at iPhone Life, and has written hundreds of in-depth how-to and troubleshooting articles. She's a former Associate Editor for iPhone Life magazine, and has written for the Iowa Source, as well as web content for education marketing. Leanne has an associate's degree in education, with a focus on curriculum development, as well as a bachelor's degree in science. She has over nine years of experience with SEO, social media management, and web development and writing. Despite years of web work, Leanne is by no means an early adapter; she's only owned a smartphone for five years, which makes her highly sympathetic to the learning curve of new iPhone owners. She enjoys making reader's lives easier and putting her education experience to work by walking them through the most practical ways to use Apple devices, step-by-step.

In off-work hours, Leanne is a mother of two, homesteader, audiobook fanatic, musician, and learning enthusiast.