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 that 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 similar to the method for sharing the audio of voicmails. 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. Please note that Voicemail-to-Text Transcription is only available for the iPhone 6s and later.

 Related: Visual Voicemail: How to Set Up & Use Voicemail Transcription on Your iPhone

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 and hold 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 app you'd like to use to share the message and a message recipient.
  7. Your highlighted transcription will appear in the body of your message and you can send it along.

Now you're able to send voicemail-to-text transcriptions from your iPhone to others.

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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.