How to Share Voicemail-to-Text Transcriptions on the iPhone

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Voicemail-to-text transcriptions on the iPhone aren't a perfect offering—the service often drops words and mangles names—but despite that, voicemail transcriptions are useful if you would rather scan a bit of text than listen to a voice message. If you want to send that text to someone else, you'll have to select the text, then on the Edit Menu which pops up, choose the Share option, and finally tap the sharing method you prefer and send the text. One feature we'd love to see added to the voicemail-to-text feature is a single-step method for sharing voicemail transcriptions. While we're waiting for this feature, though, the select-share workaround is functional enough. Read on to learn how to share voicemail to text transcriptions on your iPhone.

 Related: How to Use Voicemail Transcription (aka Voicemail-to-Text) on iPhone (UPDATED FOR iOS 11)

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Voicemail-to-Text Transcription is only available for the iPhone 6s and later.

How to Share a Voicemail-to-Text Transcription from the iPhone:

  1. Open your Phone app.
  2. Tap Voicemail at the bottom right.

    iphone screen with phone app highlighted
     
  3. Tap the voicemail you'd like to share.



    Not every voicemail can be transcribed by your iPhone, but if the one you've chosen has a transcription, here's how to share it:
     
  4. Press the transcription text until the options Copy, Look Up, Share appear.
  5. Expand the blue highlighted section until the entire transcription is highlighted.


     
  6. Tap the Share option and choose the type of message you'd like to use and a message recipient.
  7. Your highlighted transcription will appear in the body of your message and you can send it along.


     
  8. Success!

 

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Leanne Hays is a Feature Web Writer at iPhone Life.  She loves reading and blogging, and is never without a book in her backpack or an audiobook on her phone. Short-term goals include finishing painting her house and starting an aquaponics farm, long-term goals include a bike tour of Italy and writing a novel.