Best Visual Voicemail Apps of 2019

Have your voicemail transcribed and delivered to your inbox

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If you get a lot of voicemails, try using a visual voicemail app to transcribe your incoming voicemail messages, making it easier for you to read a message so you can decide what to do with it.

Voicemail transcription is especially convenient, as it gives you the ability to pick and choose voicemails rather than hearing them all one after another. It's also appealing from a privacy perspective; you can discreetly glance at a voicemail transcription rather than listen to the message.

Here are five of the best visual voicemail apps on iPhone and Android.

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YouMail: The Best Visual Voicemail App for Access on Any Device

YouMail is an award-winning visual voicemail app for iPhone and Android that lets you see who left a message; you can view the transcription from your phone, tablet, or computer, browsing them in whichever order you prefer. You can also have YouMail convert voicemails to email and text message format.

Much like a Swiss Army Knife, YouMail has a surprisingly massive variety of optional features, like robocall blocking, personalized voicemail greetings, and even conference calling. YouMail is free to download, but some features like cloud-based visual voicemail require a $5/month subscription plan.

What we like:

  • You can access YouMail on any device; perfect if you multitask with a lot of different devices.
  • Huge range of features beyond just visual voicemail.

What we don't like:

  • Ads on the free tier plan. 
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Google Voice: The Best Free Visual Voicemail App

Google Voice has been offering visual voicemail for much longer than most of the competition; before it was acquired by Google, it was known as Grand Central. Whether you use iPhone or Android, Google Voice is the best free visual voicemail app out there today.

Google Voice gives you a dedicated, free phone number you can set to ring or not ring on any device you choose. When a new voicemail message arrives, Google Voice can send you a transcription right away via email, text, or both.

What we like:

  • Free and easy to set up, particularly if you already have a Google account.
  • Supports voicemail transcriptions in Spanish, which is handy for Spanish speakers.

What we don't like:

  • You may not want to create an entirely new phone number just for receiving voicemail transcriptions. You can use your existing phone number, but Google Voice's default orientation is to set you up with a brand new one.
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HulloMail: The Best Visual Voicemail App for Heavy Voicemail Transcription Users

HulloMail is another terrific visual voicemail app available for iPhone and Android users. You can use it to easily scan the voicemail messages sitting in your voicemail inbox, then read their transcriptions and decide how you want to follow up on them. Should you wish, you can send copies of the transcriptions via email. 

If you want unlimited cloud storage for your transcriptions, or the ability to search through them to find a specific message, you may want to level up to a paid subscription plan (the Lite version costs $0.99 cents per month and the Pro version costs $4.49 per month).

What we like:

  • HulloMail's ability to store voicemail transcriptions and search through them.

What we don't like:

  • HulloMail was once a free visual voicemail app, but now even the Lite version of the app requires a modest monthly subscription fee.
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InstaVoice: The Best Visual Voicemail App for One Stop Shopping

InstaVoice provides visual voicemail transcription, but with a twist: it aims to provide a single interface for managing an unlimited number of voice messages from every phone numbers you want. If you get a ton of voicemail messages on a regular basis, to the point that people often tell you they got the dreaded "the mailbox is full" message when calling you, this is the app for you.

In addition to accessing voice to text transcriptions on the spot, you can also reply to voicemail messages using a chat-like interface within InstaVoice, allowing you to call or text the person who called you. It's a great way to maintain a large volume of voicemails across multiple phone numbers, handling them with the same speed and efficiency you would a text message or email. 

What we like:

  • InstaVoice lets you configure visual voicemail for up to ten phone numbers.
  • Access and handle voicemail in one single place.
  • InstaVoice has a customer support line that can help you quickly troubleshoot problems.

What we don't like:

  • InstaVoice isn't as fully-featured as some of its competitors, especially YouMail.
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Your Carrier's Visual Voicemail: The Best No-Fuss Voicemail Transcription

Most carriers offer visual voicemail, so it's definitely worth checking in with your carrier to find out how to access voicemail-to-text services on your phone. If you don't want to mess around with third-party apps or pay for an additional software package, this is a solid option to explore.

What we like:

  • When visual voicemail comes with your carrier's service, you can access robust technical support for it anytime.

What we don't like:

  • It often comes with an additional monthly service fee, so you may want to compare its costs with the above apps.