How to Undelete Voicemails on iPhone

Rescue an important message you deleted by mistake

When you delete a voicemail on the iPhone, it's not totally gone—at least, not right away. Instead, it moves into a Deleted Messages area similar to the trash or recycle bin on your desktop computer or the Recently Deleted album in your Photos app. The files stick around for a while and that means that you can undelete them.

These instructions apply to iPhones running iOS 10 and later.

How to Undelete Voicemails on iPhone

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 Voicemail in the bottom right corner.

    Phone app and Voicemail section on an iPhone
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  3. If there are any voicemails on your iPhone that can be undeleted, you'll see the Deleted Messages menu. Tap it to bring up a list of all the voicemails you've deleted, but that are still on your phone.

  4. Tap the voicemail you want to undelete.

  5. Tap Undelete beneath the selected voicemail. On some versions of the iOS, tap the red trash icon with a line through it.

    Voicemail screen, Deleted screen and Undelete button on an iPhone
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  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 waiting for you.

When You Can't Undelete Voicemail on iPhone

While undeleting voicemail on iPhone is easy, there are some cases in which you won't be able to save your old voicemails.

The Deleted Messages section of the Phone app is like the trash or recycle bin on a desktop computer: 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. They can also be permanently deleted (check out the next section) and your phone company may automatically clear deleted messages every so often. 

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 probably gone for good. 

How to Permanently Delete iPhone Voicemails

To clear deleted voicemails permanently and immediately, following these steps:

  1. Tap the Phone app.

  2. Tap Voicemail.

  3. Tap Deleted Messages.

    Phone icon, Favorites screen and Deleted Voicemail Messages folder on an iPhone
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  4. Tap Clear All in the top right corner.

  5. Tap Clear All in the pop-up confirmation screen.

    Clearing all deleted voicemails on an iPhone with the Clear All command and confirmation highlighted
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  6. Your Deleted Voicemails folder is now empty, and you can't recover anything that it contained.