How to Set Up Voicemail on Android

Set up your phone’s voicemail inbox on Android and in Google Voice

What to Know

  • Easiest way: Open the Phone app, tap the dial pad, and tap and hold 1.
  • To set up Visual Voicemail, open the Phone app, tap Voicemail > Settings (three dots) > Voicemail.
  • Google Voice: Get a Google Voice account, open the Google Voice app, and tap Voicemail > Settings.

This article explains how to set up voicemail on all Android phones regardless of the manufacturer (Google, Samsung, etc.).

How to Set Up Voicemail on Android by Calling In

The most common way to set up your voicemail is by calling your mailbox directly. Access your voicemail by calling your phone number directly, or use the quick dial number built into most phones.

  1. Open the Phone app.

  2. At the bottom of the screen, tap the dial pad icon.

  3. Tap and hold down the number 1 until the call starts. Alternatively, enter your complete phone number and tap Call.

  4. Follow the prompts to set up a PIN code and set your greeting.

    Android phone with phone icon, dial pad icon, and the number 1 highlighted

How to Set Up Visual Voicemail on Android

Android phones running Android 6.0 or newer can have Visual Voicemail turned on as the carrier supports it. Not all carriers offer Visual Voicemail support, however, and some even charge extra for it. Here’s what you need to do to access Visual Voicemail if your phone supports it.

  1. Open the Phone app.

  2. Tap Voicemail. Depending on the phone, this is either along the bottom of the app or next to the Start Call button on the Keypad.

  3. In the upper-right corner of the app, tap the three dots, then tap Settings.

    Android phone with Voicemail icon, three dot menu, and setting options highlighted
  4. Find Voicemail in the list and tap it.

  5. Tap Visual Voicemail to turn it on. Visual Voicemail will now show up in the Voicemail tab in the Phone app.

    You can also choose different notification options and change your greeting in the Voicemail settings.

    Voicemail and Visual Voicemail On toggle highlighted in Android Settings

How to Set Voicemail in Google Voice

Google Voice is another excellent application you can use to make calls and receive voicemails. In fact, you may want to use it instead of your standard phone voicemail because you can also access it from a computer by visiting the Google Voice website.

Follow the steps below to set up voicemail in Google Voice.

  1. Go to the Google Voice website and signup for a Google Voice account, or sign up using the app on your Android phone.

  2. Once your account is set up, open the Google Voice app on your phone.

  3. At the bottom of the app, tap Voicemail

  4. You can see any voicemails you have here. To change the settings, go to the upper-left corner and tap the menu icon (three lines).

    Google Voice icon, Voicemail icon, and Menu icon in the Google Voice app
  5. Locate and select Settings.

  6. Scroll down until you see the Voicemail section. Here you can choose to get voicemail via email and select which type of notifications you get for voicemail messages left at your Google Voice number.

    Settings and Voicemail options highlighted in the Google Voice app
  • Where is the Voicemail app on my Android?

    On most Android phones, voicemail features are built into the Phone app. There is no dedicated app for voicemail unless you use Google Voice or another third-party voicemail app. To check your Android voicemail, long-press 1 on your device and enter your password if prompted.

  • Why is voicemail not working on my Android?

    You might not receive voice messages right away if you have poor reception. If voicemail isn't working at all, check for system updates and make sure you didn't accidentally turn off your voicemail. Contact your carrier if you're still having problems.

  • How do I change my voicemail password on my Android?

    To change your Android voicemail password, first, tap the Phone app, then tap the three dots > Settings > Voicemail > Change PIN. If you don't remember your voicemail password, you must contact your carrier to reset it.

  • How do I save voicemails on Android?

    To save voicemail messages directly to your phone, open the Google Voice app and tap the message you want to save, then tap the three dots > Save Message to or Export to File. You can also use a forwarding service to send your voicemails to your email.

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