How to Set Up a Voicemail Message for the First Time

If you've owned an iPhone (or any other smartphone) before, then chances are pretty good you've already recorded a voicemail message. If you're just getting started with your first smartphone, or if you've switched carriers, then you'll need to record a new voicemail message. In this article, we'll cover how to set up a first-time voicemail using your iPhone's Visual Voicemail screen inside the Phone app. Read on to learn all about how to set up a voicemail from scratch on your new iPhone.

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To set up a first-time voicemail from scratch on the iPhone:

  • Tap the Phone app on the bottom of your home screen.
  • Tap the Voicemail tab to open the Visual Voicemail screen.

  • You will see a button labeled Set Up Now at the center of the screen. Tap that button to continue.

  • When prompted, create a new passcode for your voicemail. You will be prompted to enter the code twice to continue. When you are finished, tap Done.
  • This will bring you to the Greeting screen. To create your own greeting, select Custom and then Record to record your greeting. To listen to your greeting, tap Play.

  • If you don't like what you hear, just tap Record to try again. Once you're happy with the message, tap Done.

And that's all there is to it! 

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Tamlin Day

Tamlin Day is a feature web writer for iPhone Life and a regular contributor to iPhone Life magazine. A prolific writer of tips, reviews, and in-depth guides, Tamlin has written hundreds of articles for iPhone Life. From iPhone settings to recommendations for the best iPhone-compatible gear to the latest Apple news, Tamlin's expertise covers a broad spectrum. 

Before joining iPhone Life, Tamlin received his BFA in Media & Communications as well as a BA in Graphic Design from Maharishi International University (MIU), where he edited MIU's literary journal, Meta-fore. With a passion for teaching, Tamlin has instructed young adults, college students, and adult learners on topics ranging from spoken word poetry to taking the perfect group selfie. Tamlin's first computer, a Radioshack Color Computer III, was given to him by his father. At 13, Tamlin built his first PC from spare parts. He is proud to put his passion for teaching and tech into practice as a writer and educator at iPhone Life.