iPhone Live Voicemail is turned on by default after updating to iOS 17 or later. But what does it do? Live Voicemail changes the way iPhone users interact with voicemails. Essentially an upgrade to Visual Voicemail, this feature displays real-time transcriptions as callers are leaving their messages.
Rejecting an incoming call on the iPhone only takes one tap. The red Decline button immediately stops ringing on the other end of the line and starts your voicemail greeting. But there's a way to let the iPhone ring on silently, so the caller believes you're away or too busy to answer.
Visual Voicemail allows you to listen to your messages without having to call your voicemail inbox or deal with passswords. When setup on your iPhone, the Phone app includes a list of all your received messages. From here you can choose to see a transcript, listen to a message or delete a message. You can also see the duration of each message, and information about each caller.
To set up Visual Voicemail on your device you must first check if your carrier supports the feature.
Some iPhone owners are reporting issues with their voicemail after updating to iOS 11 or later. Instead of being able to listen to a voicemail directly on their iPhone, the Voicemail section of the Phone app instead prompts users to "Call Voicemail." An Apple support document suggests resetting your Networks Setting to return to Visual Voicemail. You can do this by navigating to Settings > General > Reset. Now tap "Reset Network Settings" and enter your passcode. Your phone will then reboot.
In the not so distant past, voicemail messages were trapped in audio mailboxes far away. The iPhone's visual voicemail changed how these messages were managed forever. Now iOS 9 delivers even more options when it comes to saving and sharing voicemails directly from your device. Any voice message can be saved, edited and sent using Voice Memos and more.