Mobile Phones iPhone & iOS Using Visual Voicemail on the iPhone Get previews of your messages without having to listen to them Share Pin Email Print cnythzl / Getty Images iPhone & iOS Switching from Android By Sam Costello Writer Sam Costello has been writing about tech since 2000. His writing has appeared in publications such as CNN.com, PC World, InfoWord, and many others. our editorial process Facebook Twitter Sam Costello Updated December 09, 2019 The iPhone Visual Voicemail feature lists your messages so that you can choose the order you listen to them. Instead of listening to messages in the order you received them — and not necessarily know who they were from until you heard them — preview your messages and transcriptions of the message contents. Instructions in this article apply to iPhones running iOS 10 or later. Check the Apple list of wireless carriers to see if your carrier supports Visual Voicemail. How to Use Visual Voicemail on the iPhone To see and preview voicemails on your iPhone: Open the Phone app, then tap Voicemail. Browse the list of messages in your inbox. Each message shows the phone number of the person who left the message, when it arrived, and the length. Tap a message to read a transcription of the message. Tap Play to listen to the voicemail. Tap Speaker to output the audio to the external speakers (instead of the earpiece), tap Call Back to return the call, or tap Delete to erase the file. To share the voicemail, tap Share. Choose how to share the voicemail. Either forward the file in a text message, email it, or save it to a storage system such as Dropbox or the Voice Memos app. Voicemails stay on the phone until you delete them. How to Change Your iPhone's Voicemail Greeting You can customize your voicemail greeting to change what people hear when they call. Open the Phone app, tap Voicemail, then tap Greeting. Tap Custom. Tap Record and begin speaking, then tap Stop when you're finished. To preview your recording, tap Play after you finish recording but before you save the greeting. Tap Save to save the greeting. How to Change your Voicemail Password Lock access to your voicemails with a passcode that the iPhone will require before you can listen to recordings. To set one up or change it, go to Settings > Phone > Change Voicemail Password. Enter a new password, then tap Done to save the changes. A voicemail password is a number between four and 10 digits long. The voicemail password only restricts access when you dial a number to check your messages. It doesn't secure the voicemail when you use the Phone app.