How to Record a Voicemail Greeting on iPhone

Change what people hear when they call your voicemail

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The default voicemail greeting on the iPhone is a generic Your call has been forward to an automated voice message system ... sort of thing. That's OK, but if you use your phone for work, you need a personalized greeting to seem professional. Even if your phone is just for personal use, you still want people to hear your voice and name so they know they called the right number.

Fortunately, recording a custom voicemail greeting on the iPhone is simple. You can even change your voicemail greeting whenever you like. Here's what you need to do.

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

How to Record a Voicemail Greeting on iPhone

  1. Tap the Phone app to open it.

  2. Tap the Voicemail tab in the bottom right corner.

  3. Tap Greeting at the top of the Voicemail screen to see the voicemail options.

  4. Tap Custom in the Greeting screen. This is where you record your own voicemail greeting and stop using the default voicemail greeting.

  5. Tap Record to start recording your own custom greeting and start speaking.

    Recording a custom voicemail message on iPhone
  6. When you're done recording your 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 need 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, go to choose Default, rather than custom in the Greeting screen. Your custom greeting is saved, so you can select it again whenever you are ready.

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

iPhone Voicemail Message Tips

  • You can only have one custom voicemail greeting on your iPhone at a time. Any new message you record overwrites the existing custom greeting. You can't switch between other greetings you've made in the past. If you want to reuse an old greeting, you have to rerecord it.
  • There isn't a button that lets you delete a custom greeting. Instead, you must record a new one to replace 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.

You can't undelete iPhone voicemail greetings, but did you know that some deleted voicemails can be recovered? Find out how to undelete voicemails on the iPhone.