To Change your Voicemail is such an essential feature, but many people don’t have it set up simply because they don’t think about it. It takes about five to ten minutes, maybe less, to set up your voicemail system. It’s worth it. Unless you typically call back every missed call, it’s helpful to allow important callers to leave a voicemail so you know who you need to call back and who might just be a telemarketer.
Check out how easy the process is to set up voicemail on Android phones.
How to Set Up Voicemail on Android
The actual method of setting up your voicemail varies between cell phone manufacturers and providers, but the major players (Verizon, T-Mobile, AT&T, etc.) all follow the same general steps.
1. Some mobile phones have a Voicemail app easily accessible from the get-go. To start the voicemail setup process, just tap on the Voicemail app and follow the on-screen prompts.
You may need to tap the Menu icon to go into settings.
2. If you don’t have a Voicemail app on your phone, or you aren’t sure how to find it, you can still set up your voicemail using the Phone app.
Tap on the Phone app to open it. If the numeric keypad doesn’t appear right away, tap “Keypad” on the bottom of your screen.
3. There are a few different ways to access your voicemail setup from your phone’s keypad, and they might vary depending on your provider.
One option involves pressing and holding 1 on the keypad. Another involves dialing *86 on the keypad. If neither of those work, you can try dialing the phone number associated with your new phone.
4. If you’re asked for a password, type in your password using the keypad. If you haven’t created a password before, type your phone number’s last four digits.
5. Your voicemail will walk you through the setup process, including recording your personal greeting (the message that plays when you receive a call that goes to voicemail) and possibly your voice signature (your name, spoken by you into the recording).
6. To listen to the recording, hit Play. If you mess up and want to try again, hit Redo. Save when you’re done.
7. Once your voicemail announces that setup is complete, you can hang up the call.
If you also have the Visual Voicemail app, which natively comes with most new Android devices, you’ll see a notification pop up for this app when you get a voicemail.
Personally, I prefer to manage my voicemails in the Visual Voicemail app instead of dialing in to hear and manage my voicemails.
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What is the Visual Voicemail App?
The Visual Voicemail app is found on many Android phones; it provides an easy way for you to receive and organize your voicemail messages.
You can check your voicemail without having to make a phone call and enter your passcode or PIN.
In this app, you can see all your voicemail messages, the date they came through, the number it was from, and how long the message is.
Newer Android operating systems always include this Visual Voicemail app natively for your convenience.
After you use this app, I promise you won’t want to go back to the old way of dialing in to hear your voicemails.
How to Find and Change Settings in the Visual Voicemail App
Usually, if you get a voicemail, you’ll see a notification from the Visual Voicemail box when it’s ready to view.
You can click on this notification to open up the Visual Voicemail app and listen to the voicemail. If you open your Phone app, you’ll also see a button that will open up your Visual Voicemail app (pictured below).
Or, you can also find the Visual Voicemail app by either looking through all of your apps or using the Search function to type “Visual Voicemail.”
Once you’ve located the Visual Voicemail app, it’s really simple to use. When the app is open, tap on the three vertical dots in the top right; then tap on Settings. Here you’ll be able to do the following:
- Change your voicemail greeting
- Toggle the auto save function
- Change your voicemail password
- Choose to display message notifications in the status bar
When it comes to changing your voicemail greeting, you’ll have three options:
- Default: This voicemail greeting will read out your number to callers by an automated voice.
- Name: This greeting will announce your name (recorded by you) to callers.
- Custom: This is a personalized greeting that plays whatever you record.
Frequently Asked Questions
QUES: How do I change my voicemail back to English?
ANS: When you call it, hit the star key to get to the main menu, then hit “4” for mailbox options, then hit “7” to change it to English.
QUES: How Do I Change my Password/Security Code?
ANS: Access your mailbox, then press 80 for mailbox options, 1 for personal options, and 4 to change security code. Enter a new code, and then press #.