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How to Save and Share Voicemails from Your iPhone

Here is a guide on how to save and share your Voicemails from your iPhone.

Voicemails can be important to save for a variety of reasons including important medical information, missed messages from loved ones and more. Since iOS 9, Apple snuck in the ability to share and save your Voicemails right from your iPhone.

There are a couple of different methods of backing up or sharing these voicemails and previously you had to utilize a computer or third-party app to save these for safekeeping.

How to Save and Share Voicemails From Your iPhone

Here are the steps you take in order to save or send your voicemails.

Watch the above video to learn more about saving or sharing your voice messages on your iPhone.

Saving Your Voicemails

One of the main reasons you may want to save another copy of your voicemails is just simply for backup purposes. There are sometimes messages we may need to retain and leaving them in the voicemail folder isn’t the best guarantee of their longevity.

When you are selecting a Voicemail within the Phone App on your iPhone, you will see the scrubber appear to scrub through the message, the Information icon and the familiar Share icon we use in many other native iOS apps.


The Share icon will reveal the share pop-up menu and allow you to choose what you would like to do with your selected Voicemail. From here, there are multiple options for both saving and sharing, some of which will accomplish the same task.

You will be able to send the voicemail in an iMessage or Mail message, add to your Notes, open and save in Voice Memos and even save to third-party apps such as Dropbox or VNC Media Player. If your objective is to create a secondary backup source for these files, any of these options can be used.

You can also Airdrop the file to your Mac for safekeeping if you are within the sharing distance. Saving these voicemails elsewhere is a great way to ensure that you won’t lose any valuable information they contain.

Sharing Your Voicemails

As mentioned above, sharing a voicemail is incredibly straight forward by again accessing the Share icon for your selected message. You will be able to send the .m4a file of your message to yourself or a friend through the Messages or Mail apps and can even send them a Dropbox link if you previously have saved it there.


Having the voicemail saved in your Mail or Messages app also creates a backup of sorts so that if the original message were to be deleted, it would be able to be again saved via those applications.

There are times where we may need to keep our Voicemails for later use and don’t want to rely completely on the carrier for safekeeping. With these newer versions of iOS, Apple is ensuring a piece of mind that your information will not be lost and that you have bountiful options to move it elsewhere.

What’s New in iOS 10.1

What's New in iOS 10.1

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What's New in iOS 10.1

This is a list of what's new in iOS 10.1, including new features like Portrait mode on the iPhone 7 Plus and a number of important fixes for the iPhone and iPad. 

Camera and Photos

  • Introduces Portrait Camera for iPhone 7 Plus that creates a depth effect that keeps your subject sharp while creating a beautifully blurred background (beta)
  • People names in the Photos app are saved in iCloud backups
  • Improved the display of wide color gamut photos in the grid views of the Photos app
  • Fixes an issue where opening the Camera app would show a blurred or flashing screen for some users
  • Fixes an issue that caused Photos to quit for some users when turning on iCloud Photo Library

  • Transit support for every major train, subway, ferry, and national bus line, as well as local bus systems for Tokyo, Osaka, and Nagoya
  • Sign-based transit navigation including layouts of all underground structures and walkways that connect large transit stations
  • Transit fare comparison when viewing alternative transit routes

  • New option to replay bubble and full screen effects
  • Messages effects can play with Reduce Motion enabled
  • Fixes an issue that could lead to contact names appearing incorrectly in Messages
  • Addresses an issue where Messages could open to a white screen
  • Addresses an issue that could prevent the report junk option from displaying with unknown senders
  • Fixes an issue where videos captured and sent in the Messages app could be missing audio

Apple Watch
  • Adds distance and average pace to workout summaries in the Activity app for outdoor wheelchair run pace and outdoor wheelchair walk pace
  • Fixes issues that may have prevented Music playlists from syncing to Apple Watch
  • Addresses an issue that was preventing invitations and data to appear in Activity Sharing
  • Fixes an issue that was allowing Activity Sharing to update over cellular when manually disabled
  • Resolves an issue that was causing some third-party apps to crash when inputting text

Other improvements and fixes
  • Improves Bluetooth connectivity with 3rd party accessories
  • Improves AirPlay Mirroring performance when waking a device from sleep
  • Fixes an issue where playback would not work for iTunes purchased content when the "Show iTunes Purchases" setting is turned off
  • Fixes an issue where certain selfie apps and face filters used with the FaceTime HD Camera on iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus did not display a live preview
  • Fixes an issue in Health where individual strokes are converted to separate characters when using the Chinese handwriting keyboard
  • Improves performance of sharing websites from Safari to Messages
  • Fixes an issue in Safari that caused web previews in tab view to not display correctly
  • Fixes an issue that caused certain Mail messages to be reformatted with very small text
  • Fixes an issue that caused some HTML email to be formatted incorrectly
  • Fixes an issue that in some cases caused the search field to disappear in Mail
  • Fixes an issue that could prevent Today View Widgets from updating when launched
  • Fixes an issue where Weather widget sometimes failed to load data
  • Fixes an issue on iPhone 7 where Home Button click settings would not appear in search results
  • Fixes an issue that prevented spam alert extensions from blocking calls
  • Resolves an issue that could prevent alarm sounds from going off
  • Fixes an issue where audio playback via Bluetooth would cause the Taptic engine to stop providing feedback for some users
  • Resolves an issue preventing some users from restoring from iCloud Backup
  • For information on the security content of Apple software updates, please visit this website:  https://support.apple.com/HT201222 

Keep reading to check out the iOS 10 features and iOS 10.1 features that these updates offer.

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