How to Record a Voicemail Greeting on iPhone

Change what people hear when they call your iPhone voicemail

The default voicemail greeting on the iPhone plays generic Your call has been forward to an automated voice message system recording. If you use your phone for work, create a personalized greeting that tells people you're a professional. If your phone is for personal use, create a personalized greeting so people hear your voice and know they called the right number. Recording a custom voicemail greeting on the iPhone is simple and you can change your voicemail greeting whenever you like.

The instructions in this article apply to iPhones running iOS 12 and iOS 11.

How to Record a Voicemail Greeting on iPhone

  1. Tap the Phone app to open it.

  2. Tap the Voicemail tab.

  3. In the Voicemail screen, tap Greeting.

  4. In the Greeting screen, tap Custom. This is where you'll record your voicemail greeting and stop using the default voicemail greeting.

  5. Tap Record and start speaking.

    Greeting, Record options in iOS Voicemail
  6. When you're done recording the voicemail greeting, tap Stop.

  7. To listen to the greeting you just recorded, tap Play. If you aren't happy with the results, tap Record again and record a new greeting.

  8. When you're happy with the greeting and want to use it, tap Save.

Want a detailed overview of how to use the iPhone's Visual Voicemail feature? Check out how to use visual voicemail on the iPhone.

The next time you want to change the voicemail greeting on your iPhone, follow these steps again. You can change your iPhone voicemail message as many times as you like; there are no fees or limitations to the number of greetings you create.

To use the iPhone's default voicemail greeting instead of your custom option, choose Default, rather than Custom in the Greeting screen. Your custom greeting is saved, so you can select it again.

Need to delete voicemails from your iPhone? Learn how to delete voicemail on iPhone.

iPhone Voicemail Message Tips

Here are a few tips on how to use iPhone voicemail efficiently:

  • Only one custom voicemail greeting can be stored on an iPhone. Any new message that is recorded overwrites the existing custom greeting. You can't switch between other greetings made in the past. If you want to reuse an old greeting, record it again.
  • There isn't a button to delete a custom greeting. Instead, record a new one to replace the one you want to remove.
  • While it is possible to undelete voicemails in some situations on the iPhone, voicemail greetings cannot be restored. If you record a new greeting and save it, the old one is gone.

iPhone voicemail greetings cannot be undeleted, but some deleted voicemails can be recovered. Find out how to undelete voicemails on the iPhone.