How to Set Up Voicemail on Your Android and Access Messages

If you have not set up voicemail on your Android device yet, then it’s time to do it now. Even though you are planning to use another voicemail service like Google Voice, setting up mobile carrier voicemail will be a valuable back-up plan when other alternative services do not work.

Follow the below steps to successfully set up and configure the mobile carrier voicemail on your Android device.

How to Set Up Voicemail on Your Android Phone

Note: We use a Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime 4G running Android 5.1.1 for this guide. So the steps may differ depending on the Android version and the device.

First of all, it should remind you that you need a voicemail number which is provided by your mobile carrier to do this. So before starting the process, call them and know more details about the service.

Step 1. Open the Phone app on your Android device.

Step 2. Tap on the three vertical dots at the top-right corner of the screen.

Step 3. Tap on the Settings option from the appeared menu.

Step 4. Tap on Call from the Settings screen.

Setting up Voicemail on Your Android Device

Step 5. Tap on Voicemail settings.

Step 6. Tap on Voicemail number.

Step 7. Enter the voicemail number that you received from your mobile carrier and tap on OK in the popup dialog box.

How to Set Up Voicemail on Your Android Device

Now the voicemail is successfully set up on your device and it’s time to find out how to check the voicemail messages that have been left.

How to Access Your Voicemail Messages on Your Android Device?

Here, we are presenting three different methods to access the voicemail messages on your Android device.

Method 1: By Calling Your Mailbox

To call your Mailbox using the quick dial, follow the below steps.

  1. Open the Phone app.
  2. Then press and hold the 1 key on the dial pad for a second or two until you connect with the mobile carrier’s voicemail service. Enter your voicemail password if you are prompted to.

Or you can also call your own number from your Android device to connect with your voicemail service without using a quick dial.

Method 2: Using Visual Voicemail

This method is ideal when you have plenty of voicemail messages to listen to. With the Visual voicemail feature, you can view the voicemail messages in a list format like emails. Here, you do not need to call a number first. But this method is more flexible because you can select the messages you need to listen to soon or later on. Moreover, you can easily move, delete, or share the messages you want. A Visual voicemail app like Google Voice, HulloMail, and YouMail can also be used to transcribe incoming messages.

  1. Enable visual voicemail. Here, Your mobile carrier should support the Visual voicemail feature. If it does, then go to Settings->Apps and then tap on the Visual Voicemail.
  2. Tap on Permissions.
  3. Switch on the toggle button next to the Phone option. Now, the Visual Voicemail feature on your device is enabled.
  4. Open Phone app.
  5. Tap Visual Voicemail.

Now, you can manage your voicemail messages through Visual voicemail.

Method 3: Using a Computer

If your mobile carrier does not support the feature Visual voicemail, then you can try this method. Here, a third-party app is used to access the messages on your computer from your Android device. YouMail is one of the best apps that supports both Android and iOS.

  1. Sign up in YouMail.
  2. Download and install YouMail on your Android device.
  3. Sign in to your YouMail account using the browser.
  4. You can view your new voicemail messages by going to the Recent Messages section.
  5. There is a Play icon, next to each message. By tapping on it, you can listen to the message you want.
  6. Tap on Inbox to see more messages.
  7. Select the message you want, in your Inbox. You can see several options that you can do to the selected message in the bottom-right corner. They are Forward, Delete, Notes, Replay, Save, and Block.

The special feature of the YouMail app is that you can easily manage your voicemail messages on any other device that supports YouMail.

Final Thoughts on Android Voice Mail Guide

Setting up and configuring voicemail on your Android device is simple. But before starting the process, contact your mobile carrier and get a voicemail number for you. After setting up the voicemail you can access your voicemail messages using one of the three methods-calling the Mailbox, using Visual Voicemail and using a Computer. If you have any problems then feel free to mention them in the comment section.

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