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How to set up and use voicemail on Verizon

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March 11, 2022

Even with your phone close at hand around the clock, you can’t catch every phone call. Unfortunately, sometimes this causes you to miss an important message. Without a handy voicemail, you might be left waiting for your caller to try again. You may already know how voicemail works, but you might not know how to get your mailbox started. Here’s how to set up and use voicemail on Verizon.

Read more: The best Verizon plans, perks, and more

QUICK ANSWER

To set up your Verizon voicemail, open the dialer app and call *86. Follow the automated instructions to choose your language and press # to confirm. Enter your password and press # again when prompted. Follow the prompts to set up your signature and greeting, confirming each with the # key.


JUMP TO KEY SECTIONS

Set up your Verizon voicemail

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It’s straightforward to set up your Verizon voicemail for the first time. All you need is a phone. It doesn’t even need to be your phone — you can set up your voicemail from someone else’s device. Once you have a phone, follow these steps:

  • Dial the number *86 on your phone. If you’re using someone else’s device, dial your 10-digit phone number.
  • Press the # key to interrupt the default greeting when it starts.
  • Follow the instructions to choose your voicemail language and confirm with the # key.
  • Enter your 4—7 digit password, or create a new password if this is your first time using Verizon voicemail. You cannot use repeated digits or consecutive digits in your password.
  • Confirm your password with the # key.
  • Record your signature (name) and greeting, then confirm both with the # key.

If you’re setting up a Verizon voicemail from an iPhone, you’ll have to use the Voicemail tab in the dialer app. You should either see a Set up now button or a Greeting button if you’ve used your voicemail previously. Set up now will walk you through the steps above, while Greeting will only cover the last step listed above.

Online

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You can also set up your Verizon password online. Head to the My Verizon page and log in to your account. Once there, follow these steps:

  • Select your phone from the list of devices on your account.
  • Scroll down to the Manage voicemail password option and click manage.
  • Select your phone again from the list of devices.
  • Choose a new password between 4—7 digits, again avoiding repeated or consecutive numbers.
  • Retype your new password and select Confirm.

Check your Verizon voicemail

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Once you’ve set up your Verizon voicemail, you might be looking for a chance to check your messages. Luckily, this is even easier than the setup process. We’ll run you through a few of the most common scenarios, starting with your own phone.

From your phone

Before getting started, make sure that you have the password you created above. Too many incorrect guesses and Verizon will lock you out and make you start the process over. Once you find your password, follow these steps:

  • Call *86 from your dialer app.
  • Enter your password when prompted, confirm your password with the # key.
  • Follow the voice prompts to receive your messages.

Alternatively, you can press and hold the number 1 to use the voicemail speed dial.

From another phone

If you don’t have your phone, you’ll follow almost the same steps as you would to set up your voicemail from someone else’s device. Here’s what to do:

  • Call your 10-digit phone number.
  • Press the # key to interrupt your voicemail as soon as the greeting starts.
  • Enter your password when prompted and confirm with the # key.
  • Follow the automated prompts to hear your messages.

While other carriers sometimes let you check your voicemail online, Verizon does not currently support this feature. You will need either your own phone or another phone.

See also: How to check voicemail on Android

Delete your Verizon voicemail messages

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As you might come to learn, Verizon doesn’t offer unlimited voicemail storage. You’ll run out of space eventually and need to remove some old messages. Fear not, as the process is once again pretty simple. Just follow these steps:

  • Log in to your voicemail using the steps listed above.
  • Begin playing your existing messages.
  • Press the number 7 to delete each message as you make your way through the mailbox.

There’s not a faster way to get through your list of messages, so you may find it easiest to delete messages as you receive them if you know you won’t need them again.

Reset your Verizon voicemail password

It’s not the end of the world if you forget your Verizon voicemail password. In fact, you can take two different approaches to reset your login. The first — and easiest — method involves your My Verizon app. Open the app and follow these steps.

  • Select the More tab in the lower right.
  • Tab the Settings icon at the top right and enter your password or biometric login.
  • Choose Manage voicemail password from the Security section.
  • Create your new 4—7 digit password and confirm it in the following box.

If you’re calling to reset your voicemail password from a phone, here are the steps to follow instead.

  • Dial *611 from your phone app.
  • If prompted, enter the requested information for security verification.
  • Respond “Reset voicemail password” when prompted for a reason for your call.
  • Follow the prompts to reset your password.

Disable your Verizon voicemail

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Almost every element of the Verizon voicemail experience is a breeze. It’s easy to set up, easy to check, and even easy to reset your password if need be. However, deciding to disable your Verizon voicemail is a bit tougher. There’s no simple online method, and you can’t do it from the My Verizon app. Instead, you’ll have to pick up the phone and give customer service a call.

The Verizon customer service phone number is 1-800-922-0204, and your best bet is to press the number 0 when the automated menu begins to play. This will skip the normal choices and put you right in line to talk to a representative. Then ask them to disable your voicemail after — presumably — some time spent on hold.


Read more: The best phone plans for every type of user

FAQs

Q: Can I retrieve my deleted voicemail messages?
A: 
No, once a voicemail is deleted from the Verizon network, it is lost for good.

Q: Does Verizon offer visual voicemail?
A: 
Yes, Verizon offers both basic and premium visual voicemail. You can sign up for them through your My Verizon account. All iPhones on the Verizon network also use the default iOS voicemail app, which functions similarly to visual voicemail.