While checking your voicemail on your smartphone is a straightforward process, you would be surprised how much more you can do with your Android smartphone. One of the fun features of using an Android device is Google’s ‘Live Transcribe’ service which auto-generates transcriptions on hearing a sound. You can use this service to transcribe your voicemails as well. In this article, we bring you the top 5 ways to check your voicemail messages on your Android phone.
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Access your voicemail from the dialer
The easiest way to check your voicemail on an Android phone is by accessing the dialer in the Phone app. Here’s how.
Step 1: Launch the Phone app on your Android smartphone.
Step 2: Tap the dialer icon. Some phones may have a ‘keypad’ tab at the bottom to access the dialer.
Step 3: Press and hold ‘1’ to call your voicemail.
You will now be able to listen to all your pending voicemails.
Tap the notification
Every time you receive a new voicemail, you get a notification on your smartphone. Simply swipe down from the status bar and tap on the notification to listen to the voicemail. If you accidentally cleared the notification then you will have to resort to other methods on this list to listen to your voicemails. If you are not receiving new notifications for incoming voicemail, go to Phone>Settings>Voicemail>Notifications and ensure that notification alerts are turned on.
Use Visual Voicemail
This feature is only available on certain network providers. Additionally, some native Phone apps may not have the Visual Voicemail section, in which case you will have to download a third-party app. The Visual Voicemail tab on the Phone app has a voicemail icon on it. Once you tap on that tab, you will see all your pending voicemails. You can individually save or delete them.
View Voicemail transcriptions
Google’s transcription service works surprisingly well for voicemails. This feature is also only available for certain network providers like Verizon, O2, T-Mobile, and a few others. Here’s how you can turn on voicemail transcriptions.
Step 1: Launch the Phone app.
Step 2: Go to Settings and select Voicemail.
Step 3: Enable Voicemail Transcription.
You will receive a transcription of all your voicemails, old and new, once you turn on this feature. As of now, transcriptions are only available in English and Spanish. You can easily share the transcription with anyone you want.
Use a third-party app
There are several third-party apps for Android that make it incredibly easy for you to access your voicemails even when you don’t have your phone on you. YouMail is one of the most popular third-party apps to organise, manage, and remotely access your voicemails. You can log into your YouMail account on another device to listen to your voicemails. YouMail also lets you set custom greetings for specific callers.
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These are the top 5 ways to check your voicemail messages on an Android phone. While the native of way checking your voicemail works just fine, third-party apps come with additional helpful features like spam filters, management tools, and custom personalised greetings. You can even choose to automatically forward your unchecked voicemails to your partner or spouse in case you don’t want to ignore any important messages.
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