How to Delete Voicemail on iPhone

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Almost everyone deletes voicemails that you're done listening to and don't need to save to get useful information later. The iPhone's Visual Voicemail feature makes it easy to delete voicemail on your iPhone. But did you know that sometimes the messages you think are deleted really aren't? Read on to learn all about deleting—and truly getting rid of—voicemail on the iPhone.

How to Delete Voicemail on iPhone

If you've got a voicemail on your iPhone that you need longer need, delete it 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, skip to step 3)
  2. Tap the Voicemail button in the bottom right corner
  3. Find the voicemail you want to delete. Tap it once to reveal the options or swipe right to left across it to reveal to Delete button
  4. Tap Delete and your voicemail is deleted.

Deleting Multiple Voicemails At Once

You can also bulk delete multiple voicemails at the same time. To do that, follow the first two steps in the list above and then:

  1. Tap Edit
  2. Tap each voicemail you want to delete. You'll know it's selected because it's marked with a blue checkmark
  3. Tap Delete in the bottom right corner.

When Is A Deleted Voicemail Not Really Deleted?

Even though the steps listed above remove voicemails from your voicemail inbox and you've tapped Delete, the voicemails you think are deleted may not be truly gone. That's because iPhone voicemails aren’t fully deleted until they’re also cleared.

Voicemails that you "delete" are not erased; instead they're marked to be deleted later and moved out of your inbox. Think of it like Trash or Recycling Bin on your desktop or laptop 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 still stored in your account on your phone company's servers. Many phone companies remove voicemails marked for deletion every 30 days. But if you don't want to wait, you may want to make sure your voicemails are deleted for good right away. If so, follow these steps:

  1. Tap the Phone icon
  2. Tap the Voicemail icon in the bottom right
  3. If you have deleted messages that haven’t been cleared, the Visual Voicemail list will include an item at the bottom called Deleted Messages. Tap it
  4. In that screen, tap the Clear All button to permanently delete the messages listed there.

How to Undelete Voicemails on iPhone

Because voicemails aren't truly deleted unless they're cleared, this also means you can often undelete a voicemail and get it back. This is only possible if the voicemail is still listed in Deleted Messages, as mentioned in the last section. If the voicemail you want to retrieve is there, follow the steps in this article to get it back

Related: Deleted Text Messages Still Showing Up

Just like voicemail messages can hang around your iPhone even after you think you've deleted them, text messages can do the same thing. If you're experiencing texts you thought were deleted popping up on your phone, check out this article for a solution.