How to Set Up and Activate Voicemail on Your iPhone

By Jessica RegheliniUpdated on June 10, 2018

Need to get your voicemail set up on your iPhone, but not sure how to go about it? If so, you’ve come to the right place. Today, we’re going to show you how to get your voicemail set up and activated on your iOS device. We’ll also give you some helpful tips and things to keep in mind before you start going through the process, so be sure to read all the way to the end of this article!

To set up voicemail on your iPhone:

1. First, tap Phone.

Tap the Phone icon on your home screen to launch your phone calling app.

Phone app icon

2. From the menu that appears at the bottom, select Voicemail.

You should see a menu bar at the bottom of your screen. In the bottom right corner, tap Voicemail.

Button to access your Voicemail

3. On the next screen, tap Set Up Voicemail.

If you haven’t set up your inbox yet, you’ll see this screen. Tap Set Up Voicemail to get started.

Set Up Voicemail button

4. Enter a password you want to use for your voicemail, then tap Done.

Now you can choose a password. Enter a 4-digit code you’d like to use to gain access to your voice messages.

Enter a password

5. Select a custom voicemail greeting or the default one.

The last step in setting up your voicemail system on your iPhone is to set an audio greeting that people will hear before leaving you a voice message. You can choose to use the default greeting by tapping Default, or record your own personalized greeting by tapping Custom.

Tap Default or Custom to select your voicemail greeting type

If you choose to record a custom greeting, tap Record to begin recording one. When you’re finished recording your greeting, tap Done to save it.

Tap Record to record a greeting, and tap Done when finished

Those are all the steps to setting up your voicemail. There are a few things you should keep in mind before you start the process of activating the service, so next, we’ll go over those things with you.

Notes on setting up voicemail on iPhone

1. Get in touch with your mobile carrier to ensure voicemail is included in your plan.

Before you attempt to go through the process of setting up voicemail on your iPhone, call your mobile service provider to make sure that you have the service included in your monthly cell phone plan. Some providers do charge extra for it, so if you don’t already have the service included in your plan, be prepared to pay a little extra every month should you decide to add the service to your plan.

2. If you have trouble getting your voicemail set up, give your mobile carrier a call.

If you know you have the service included in your cell phone plan, but are having some trouble getting your inbox set up on your phone, we’d recommend calling your mobile service provider. They may be able to answer your question or help you solve the issue you’re having.

3. From another phone, call your own phone number to ensure your voicemail was set up properly.

Once you’re finished going through all the steps to get your inbox set up on your phone, we would recommend using another phone to call your own number, and leaving a voice message for yourself. This way, you can make sure that your greeting and inbox have been properly set up.

That covers everything you need to know about setting up voicemail on your iOS device. If you’re interested in learning more, have a look at our full iPhone calling and voicemail course for more great tutorials like this one. Our next tutorials will teach you to record or change your greeting, and how to check your messages.