How to Share Voicemail-to-Text Transcriptions on iPhone

Voicemail-to-text transcriptions on the iPhone aren't a perfect offering, the service often drops words and mangles names. Despite that, voicemail transcriptions are highly useful for those of us who would rather quickly scan a bit of text than listen to a long voice message. One feature I'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, there is a workaround for the lack of a streamlined transcription sharing feature. 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.

To share a voicemail-to-text transcription:

  • Open your Phone app.
  • Tap Voicemail at the bottom right, then tap the voicemail you'd like to share.

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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:

  • 3D Touch the transcription text until the options Copy, Look Up, Share appear.
  • Expand the blue highlighted section until the entire transcription is highlighted.

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

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  • 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.