How to Delete Voicemail on iPhone

Clear out your unneeded voicemails and delete them permanently

Almost everyone deletes voicemails that they're done listening to and don't need to save for later. The iPhone's Visual Voicemail feature makes it easy to delete only the voicemail on your iPhone that you want to get rid of while retaining the rest. However, sometimes the messages you think are deleted aren't actually gone. Learn how to delete—and truly get rid of—voicemail on the iPhone.

Instructions in this article apply to iPhones running iOS 8 and newer.

How to Delete Voicemail on iPhone

If you have a voicemail on your iPhone that you no longer need, it's easy to get rid of. Delete voicemail from your iPhone by following these steps:

  1. Tap the Phone app to launch it. If you're already in the app and just listened to a voicemail that you now want to delete, skip to Step 3.

  2. Tap Voicemail in the lower-right corner of the screen.

  3. Find the voicemail you want to delete. Tap it once to reveal the options beneath it. You can also swipe right to left to reveal the Delete button.

    The Phone app icon, a voicemail number and the Delete button in Voicemail on iOS
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  4. Tap Delete (or, on some versions of the iOS, the trash can icon) to remove the voicemail.

Technically, the voicemail you just deleted isn't totally gone. You can still find it on your iPhone. To find out how to completely clear out voicemails, check out "When Deleted iPhone Voicemails Aren't Really Deleted" later in this article.

How to Delete Multiple Voicemails At Once on iPhone

To delete more than one voicemail, or all of your voicemails, at the same time on your iPhone, follow these steps:

  1. On the Voicemail screen in the Phone app, tap Edit in the top corner.

  2. Tap each voicemail you want to delete. You'll know it's selected because it's marked with a blue check mark.

    The Phone app icon, Edit button and Delete button in Voicemail on iOS
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  3. Tap Delete and all of the selected voicemails are deleted.

When Deleted iPhone Voicemails Aren't Really Deleted

Even if you delete voicemails from your inbox, the voicemails you think are deleted may not be totally gone. That's because iPhone voicemails aren't deleted until they're also cleared.

Voicemails that you delete are not immediately erased. Instead, they're marked to be deleted later and are moved out of your inbox. It's like the Trash or Recycling Bin on your computer. When you delete a file, it gets sent there, but the file still exists until you empty the Trash. Voicemail on the iPhone works basically the same way.

The voicemails you delete are stored in your account on the phone company servers. Many phone companies remove voicemails marked for deletion every 30 days. But you may want to make sure your voicemails are deleted for good right away.

To permanently delete voicemails on iPhone, follow these steps:

  1. Tap the Phone app.

  2. Tap Voicemail.

  3. If you have deleted messages that haven’t cleared, tap Deleted Messages.

    The Phone app icon, Deleted Messages button and Clear All button in Voicemail on iOS
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  4. Tap Clear All to permanently delete the voicemails listed there.

How to Undelete Voicemails on iPhone

Because voicemails aren't deleted until they're cleared, you can often undelete voicemails. This is only possible if the voicemail is still listed in Deleted Messages. If the voicemail you want to retrieve is there, retrieve it by following these steps:

  1. Go to the Voicemail screen and tap Deleted Messages.

  2. Tap the voicemail you want to undelete.

  3. Tap Undelete (or, on some versions of the iOS, the trash can icon with the line through it) to return it to the Voicemail screen.

That's the quick version. We've also got a really in-depth look at undeleting voicemails on the iPhone.