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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.

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How to set up voicemail on Android

First, you’ll want to open up your built-in Phone app. Get to the dial screen and press and hold the number 1 to start a call to your voicemail service. If you have already set up your voicemail, you will be prompted for your password; you can reset your password if you’ve forgotten it, but the process varies by provider.

If you haven’t set up your voicemail, you will hear a message that states “No voicemail number is stored on the card.” Follow the prompts you hear to complete setting up the voicemail service on your Android phone. After you complete your voicemail setup, try pressing and holding 1 again and verify that your voicemail is working correctly with the password you chose.

Then you’re ready to receive voicemails! 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.

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How to find and change settings in the Visual Voicemail app on Android

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.”

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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
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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.

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