How to Record a Voicemail Greeting on iPhone

Change What People Hear When They Call Your Voicemail

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If you use your phone for work, a personalized greeting is required to look professional. Even if you don't, you still want people to hear your voice and know that they called the right number. You can change your voicemail greeting whenever you like.

By default, the voicemail greeting on the iPhone is generic: "Your call has been forward to an automated voice message system..." Fortunately, recording your own custom voicemail greeting on the iPhone is really simple.

Change the iPhone Voicemail Greeting Message

  1. Tap the Phone app from the home screen.

  2. Open the Voicemail tab on the far right

  3. Tap the Greeting link at the top left to see the voicemail options.

  4. Choose Custom to stop using the default voicemail greeting and record your own.

  5. Hit the Record link to start recording your own custom greeting, and Stop when you're done.

  6. You can play it back with the Play link.

  7. When you're finished, tap Save.

To change the recording again, at any time, just return to Step 5. 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 recreate.

To return the phone's voicemail greeting back to the default one, go to Step 4 and choose Default instead.


  • You can only have one custom voicemail greeting at a time. Any new one you record will overwrite the existing custom greeting. This also means that you're unable to switch between other greetings you've made in the past. If you want to reuse an old greeting, you have to re-record it.
  • There isn't a button that lets you delete a custom greeting. Instead, you have to record a new one in place of the one you want to get rid of. 
  • While it is possible to undelete voicemails in some situations on the iPhone, you can't undelete voicemail greetings. If you recorded a new greeting and saved it, the old one is gone.