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How to Change the iPhone Voicemail Message

This guide will show you how to change the iPhone voicemail message on iOS 9. Even if you don’t use the iPhone for calls very often this is a great thing to do, since you may end up sending more calls to voicemail.

If you don’t make any changes the default iPhone voicemail message is pretty bland and not very professional. It is a good idea to change the iPhone voicemail message to something more professional or at least something that lets callers know they reached the right person.

With visual voicemail you may not remember how to call voicemail to set it up. We’ll show you how to record a new iPhone voicemail message and listen to your current one.

Learn how to set a custom iPhone voicemail greeting or message.
Learn how to set a custom iPhone voicemail greeting or message.

We recommend including your name and a short message, especially if you use this phone for business purposes.

With Visual Voicemail on iOS 9 you can listen to a Voicemail easily and you can also save or send a message on to someone else through iMessage or email.

Setting up a new voicemail message is the same on any iPhone that runs iOS 9 or higher. Use the steps below to set a custom iPhone voicemail message.

Tap the Phone icon on the home screen.

Next tap on the Voicemail tab in the bottom right of the screen.

Set a custom iPhone voicemail greeting.
Set a custom iPhone voicemail greeting.

Once this screen has appeared all of your old voice mails will display. Tap Greeting in the top left.

On the Greeting page there are two options. The standard option is to use the default iPhone voicemail message, but you can also record a custom message. If you already have a custom iPhone voicemail message recorded, tap Play to listen to it now. Otherwise tap Custom.

You can tap on Record to start recording a new iPhone voicemail greeting and then Stop when you are done. Tap on Play to listen to it so you don’t have an embarrassing mistake or noise in it. When you are satisfied with the message, tap Save in the upper right.

Record a personal iPhone voicemail message for callers to hear.
Record a personal iPhone voicemail message for callers to hear.

While recording a message, make sure that you don’t yell into the phone and make sure you record in a quiet place. Setting this up in a restaurant will make your iPhone voicemail greeting sound like you are actually picking up the phone.

If you are setting a new iPhone voicemail message for work, it is a good idea to make sure your message is professional and that you avoid common mistakes. MightyCall recommends not using, “Your call is very important to us…” to start your message.

The service also recommends stating your name, apologizing for missing the call and that you will call them back. If possible include a time frame for a return call. Don’t ramble or include un-needed information.

While recording, it is a good idea to keep the iPhone voicemail message short. Ideally do not make callers listen to you for more than 25 seconds.

For personal users, a funny iPhone voicemail message may be just what you want. It’s still a good idea to keep it short, but you can have some fun by using your iPhone to record a funny voicemail message played over a speaker on your computer or another device.

iOS 9.2 vs iOS 9.1: What’s New in iOS 9.2

iOS 9.2 Fixes iOS 9 and iOS 9.1 Problems

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iOS 9.2 Fixes iOS 9 and iOS 9.1 Problems

Perhaps one of the biggest changes with the iOS 9.2 update is that it fixes a lot of iOS 9 problems and iOS 9.1 problems for iPhone and iPad users.

We see small fixes come in targeted updates, but the iOS 9.2 update packs in a lot of new fixes that may solve a problem that annoyed you for the last several months. Here are the new fixes in iOS 9.2.

  • Fixing an issue that caused mail attachments to be inaccessible for some users with POP email accounts
  • Resolving an issue for some users that caused attachments to overlap text in mail
  • Fixing an issue where Live Photos could have turned off after restoring from a previous iCloud backup
  • Addressing an issue that could cause search in Contacts to display no results
  • Resolving an issue that could have prevented Calendar from displaying all seven days in week view
  • Fixing an issue where Camera screen on iPad could be black when attempting to capture video
  • Addressing an issue that could cause instability in the Activity app when viewing the day of Daylight Savings Time transition
  • Fixing an issue that could prevent data from appearing in Health
  • Fixing an issue that could prevent Wallet updates and Lock screen alerts from displaying
  • Addressing an issue where updating iOS could prevent an alarm from going off
  • Fixing an issue where some users were unable to login to Find my iPhone
  • Fixing an issue that prevented some manual iCloud Backups from completing
  • Addressing an issue where using the iPad keyboard could unintentionally trigger text selection mode
  • Improved keyboard responsiveness when using Quick Reply
  • Improved punctuation input on the 10-key Chinese (Pinyin & Stroke) keyboards with new expanded view of punctuation symbols and better predictions
  • Fixing an issue on Cyrillic keyboards where caps lock would be enabled when typing in URL or email fields

You'll notice that many of these are targeted, but cover things that can easily annoy users. Slow keyboard response in Quick Reply is one of our frustrations with iOS 9.1 that this fixes. Other upgrades fix alarm bugs, iCloud backup problems and much more.

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14 Comments

  1. Ella

    07/21/2015 at 9:15 am

    Did not help one little bit

    Reply

  2. Jody

    07/22/2015 at 9:35 pm

    When I go to the voicemail icon and click it it automically calls voicemail. I have no other options available.

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    • arlene b

      11/09/2015 at 12:39 am

      Yes, it will dial the voice mail but then the recorded voice gives you various options.

      Reply

  3. docriggs

    09/10/2015 at 8:42 pm

    I want to use a downloaded custom MP3 file as my custom greeting. Is there a way to transfer it into the file or do I have to just re-record it by hitting record while the MP3 file plays off of another device?

    Reply

  4. Anastasia

    12/14/2015 at 6:16 pm

    When I record my new voice message I do not have the stop option button and it keeps the existing voice message!! I have an iphone5 and I need to change my voicemail message!! Please help

    Reply

  5. Wayne

    12/16/2015 at 5:39 am

    When I go into the greeting page the page is is not working , touching play / record does nothing. Can’t change anything.

    Reply

    • Connie

      01/12/2016 at 1:03 pm

      I’m having the same problem. I want to change my outgoing message but can’t.

      Reply

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  7. eliza

    01/27/2016 at 7:45 pm

    I have tried every suggestion & I still cannot change my greeting. It is like the greeting page is frozen! Any further suggestions appreciated.

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  8. Daniel

    03/07/2016 at 3:29 pm

    When I click on voicemail it calls voicemail. How do I change that?? Please help!!!!

    Reply

    • sinead

      06/20/2016 at 2:15 pm

      i am sorry i am know help but that is the same with me…..did you figure it out?because i need to……

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  9. Alina

    03/25/2016 at 9:12 pm

    Can’t change recorded voicemail greeting. It’s frustrating

    Reply

  10. Steve

    05/02/2016 at 8:25 am

    After my custom message has played, the automatic voice kicks back in giving instructions on how to leave a message & access additional options before the tone is sounded. How can I eliminate those automated instructions and proceed directly to the “beep?”

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