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How to check voicemail on Android

Check out these three easy ways to check your voicemail on your Android device.
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July 19, 2021
Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra display held in hand over water
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Someone left you a really important message via voicemail. How do you access it? You can click on the voicemail notification to access it, but what happens if you accidentally swipe that notification away? There are three easy ways to check your voicemail on Android devices. Let’s check them out! 

How to check voicemail on Android by calling in

One of the easiest and oldest ways to check your voicemail on Android devices is to call your voicemail service. Open the Phone app on your Android device, open the dial pad, and tap and hold the number 1 to automatically dial your voicemail service.

Some smartphones will have a little voicemail icon underneath the 1 to indicate that’s the number you hold to access your voicemail service. But rest assured, if you don’t see that icon, holding down the number 1 will still get you to your mailbox.

Assuming you have previously set up your voicemail service, you’ll need to enter your PIN in order to hear and manage your voicemails. If you haven’t done that yet, check out our easy how-to guide on getting your voicemail set up.

If you’re not near your phone or your phone has died and you need to check your voicemail, you can easily check it from another phone. Dial your own phone number from another phone and wait for the “Please leave a message” recording. Once you hear that start playing, tap the star symbol (*) on the dial pad. You’ll be prompted to enter your voicemail PIN and then you’ll have full access to your voicemail inbox to hear, delete, and save any voicemails.

How to check voicemail on Android using Visual Voicemail

If you have Visual Voicemail enabled on your Android device, you can check your voicemail through here. Search through your apps to find Visual Voicemail and open it. You’ll be able to see all of your most recent voicemails and easily manage them.

Because Visual Voicemail is, well, visual, it’s a lot easier to sift through your voicemails. You don’t have to wait through automated menus and go back if you make a mistake.

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If you don’t have Visual Voicemail enabled and you want to change that, it’s super easy. On some Android devices, you can open your Phone app, tap more or the three dots in the upper right, tap Settings > Voicemail, and turn on Visual Voicemail.

On my Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra, I’m not able to access Visual Voicemail through my Phone app’s settings. I have a separate Visual Voicemail app that I had to enable in order to see my voicemails listed out. Go to your phone’s Settings > Apps > Visual Voicemail and give permissions to the app to access your call logs, contacts, etc.

Check voicemail on Android with a third-party app

You can also check your voicemail on Android devices using a third-party visual voicemail app, like Voxist

Voxist is a completely free visual voicemail app that will do just what your carrier’s visual voicemail app will do. The really cool thing about Voxist is that it can do voicemail to text. So if you don’t have the time or are not able to listen to a voicemail, you can read what someone left on your voicemail. Or, you can even have the app email you a transcription when someone leaves a voicemail. 

Also read: The best free calls apps for Android


Now you know how to easily check your voicemail on any Android device three different ways. Choose whichever way works best for you and never miss an important message again!

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