How to Undelete Voicemails on the iPhone

Recovering a deleted voicemail is often possible

how to undelete iphone voicemails
Recovering deleted voicemails in iOS 8.


Each iteration of the iPhone's Visual Voicemail has made listening to your voicemail easier and better, and the Visual Voicemail feature in iPhone X, iPhone 8, and iPhone 7 also makes it easier to undelete voicemails on the iPhone than on earlier phones. 

When you delete a voicemail on the iPhone, it's not gone. Instead, it moves into a Deleted Messages section, similar to the trash or recycle bin on your desktop computer. The files aren't deleted until you empty the trash or recycle bin.

If you've deleted a voicemail and would now like it back, follow these steps:

  1. Tap the Phone app to open it.
  2. Tap the Voicemail icon in the bottom right corner.
  3. If you have deleted messages that can be recovered, you'll see Deleted Messages button at the bottom of the list. Tap it to bring up a list of all the voicemails you've deleted that are still on your phone and can be undeleted.
  4. Tap the voicemail you want to undelete. In iOS 7 and up, this reveals some options beneath the voicemail. In iOS 6 or earlier, the selected voicemail is highlighted.
  5. In iOS 7 and up, tap Undelete beneath the selected voicemail. In iOS 6 or earlier tap Undelete at the bottom left side of the screen.
  6. Tap the Voicemail menu in the top left corner to return to the main Visual Voicemail screen. The voicemail you just undeleted will be there.

When You Won't Be Able to Undelete Voicemail

While undeleting voicemail is easy on the iPhone, in some cases, you won't be able to save your old voicemails by following these instructions.

As mentioned previously, the Deleted Messages section of the iPhone is like the trash or recycle bin on a desktop computer, and the files stay there until they're emptied. While there's no "empty" button on the iPhone, the deleted voicemails are cleared from memory when you sync your iPhone with your computer. 

As long as you haven't synced your phone since you last marked a voicemail for deletion, you should be able to get it back. If a voicemail doesn't appear in the Deleted Messages section, though, it's likely gone for good. 

How to Permanently Delete iPhone Voicemails

You may want to permanently delete voicemails so that you're confident they're gone and can't be recovered. You can clear deleted voicemails permanently and immediately by following these steps:

  1. Tap the Phone app.
  2. Tap Voicemail.
  3. Tap Deleted Messages.
  4. Tap Clear All in the top right corner.
  5. Tap Clear All in the pop-up confirmation screen.

The deleted voicemails are gone and cannot be recovered.