Can’t read a transcript or listen to an individual voicemail directly from your iPhone after updating your iOS? Or is your visual voicemail just not working for no apparent reason? If so you are not alone! It can be pretty annoying to find that your visual voicemail is not working after an iOS update or for simply no reason at all.
- 1 Quick Tips
- 2 What’s Visual Voicemail Anyway?
- 3 Why is my Visual VoiceMail Not Available After iOS Update?
- 4 White Screen Says Call Voicemail?
- 5 iOS 11 /iOS 12 Visual Voicemail Not Working After Update, How-To Fix
- 6 Visual Voicemail Issues that Require Carrier Support
- 7 How To Reset Visual VoiceMail Feature on your iPhone
- 8 Seeing Transcription Not Available Message?
- 9 Don’t like voicemail transcription? Wondering how you turn it off?
- 10 Summary
- 11 Reader Tips
Follow These Quick Tips To Get Visual Voicemail Workin Again on Your iPhone
- Toggle On Airplane Mode, wait 20-30 seconds and toggle off
- Reset Your Network Settings
- Check for a Carrier Update
- Toggle Press Side Button (or Home Button) for Siri Off, wait 20 seconds and turn it back on
- Restart Your iPhone
- Reset Your Voicemail Password and/or PIN
- Set your device’s date and time to Set Automatically
- Change Siri’s language to English (United States)
- How To Call My Voicemail From Another Phone
- How To Use Voicemail Transcripts
- Visual Voicemail Not Working on Older iOS
- Can a Blocked Number Leave Voicemail?
What’s Visual Voicemail Anyway?
Visual Voicemail shows you a list of all your voicemail messages left by your callers–so you can choose which ones to listen to now, listen to later, share with others, or delete.
You can even save your Visual Voicemail messages as notes or voice memos, or share them with apps like Messages, Mail, or Airdrop.
Visual Voicemail Includes Voicemail Transcription (Voice to Text)
Visual voicemail also includes that love it or hate it feature voicemail transcription, available to folks using iPhone 6 models and later.
Voicemail transcripts take your voicemail’s audio file and using Apple Servers and machine learning, transcribes those audio files into on-screen text. So you can read your voicemail, without needing to play it or listen to it!
How to turn on voicemail transcription on your iPhone?
You don’t need to turn anything on. It’s part of iOS and something you don’t opt into (or out of.)
As long as you use an iPhone 6 or later and you set up your voicemail options, your phone should feature visual voicemail.
There is no additional charge for visual voicemail and voicemail transcription from Apple
Many carriers offer additional voicemail transcription services which usually involve additional monthly service fees.
Why is my Visual VoiceMail Not Available After iOS Update?
There are two primary reasons that could lead to missing visual voicemail on your iPhone. The first one is related to the settings on the iPhone itself.
This is particularly true when you update your iPhone to a new iOS.
In this instance, the troubleshooting tips relate to renewing the cellular connection on the iPhone. These steps including the toggling of Airplane mode have been addressed in the next section.
The other main reason leading to visual voicemail not working on your iPhone is very much dependent upon the carrier that you use and the services that you have on your plan with the carrier.
Most often resetting the Visual Voicemail by contacting your carrier can fix the issue. We have highlighted some steps in the subsequent sections to call out carrier specific pointers that should be helpful.
White Screen Says Call Voicemail?
These fixes should work on your iPhone if you are not able to access the feature and just see a white screen that shows “Call Voicemail.”
If You See This Call Voicemail Message, try the following:
- Toggle Airplane Mode ON, wait 20-30 seconds, then toggle it off. It’s easiest to do this via Control Center
- Call yourself from another phone and try leaving a voicemail
- Call yourself from your own phone and set up your voicemail or change your voicemail password, passcode, or PIN
- Reset Your Network Settings by going to Settings > General > Reset > Reset Network Settings.
Visual Voicemail feature has some carrier constraints
If you recently switched your cellular plan, you may want to check out if your new carrier supports this feature in your country of residence.
Apple provides a comprehensive list of carriers by region. Please check and confirm.
So first, check for pending carrier updates on your device
- Tap on Settings > General > About and check next to Carrier
- Are you on the latest version or are you required to update? If there is an update pending, please apply the latest carrier update on your device.
iOS 11 /iOS 12 Visual Voicemail Not Working After Update, How-To Fix
Please try out each of the steps below until the issue is fixed on your device
- Reset Network Settings.
- Before attempting to reset your network settings, please make sure that you remember to write down your Wi-fi name, password, etc. since you will be required to re-enter them after the reset.
- Tap on Settings > General > Reset > Reset Network Settings.
- Toggle Cellular Service
- Tap on Settings > Cellular > Cellular Data. Switch it to off.
- Wait for a few minutes.
- Re-enable your cellular data and check if your visual voicemail is working again
- Use Airplane Mode
- Turn on Airplane mode by tapping on Settings and choosing Airplane mode. Wait for a minute.
- Turn off your iPhone. Restart your device and disable Airplane mode.
- Check and see if you can re-access your visual voicemail.
- Toggle Off and On Press the Side or Home Button for Siri
- Quit the phone app and put your device into Airplane mode.
- Next tap on Settings >Siri & Search > Turn off the Press Side button for Siri and restart the device.
- Once the Visual voicemail starts working, you can turn on the Siri for side button.
- Other readers tell us that performing these same steps for Listen for Hey Siri also fixed their problems with voicemail transcripts
- Visual Voicemail requires that you have a strong cellular connection.
- The best way to check this is to turn off your Wi-Fi on your iPhone.
- Check if you can access the internet with Wi-Fi switched off.
- Next, Restart your iPhone and check if the Visual Voicemail feature is back again on your device.
- Have someone call your phone and leave a voicemail.
- Wait for a few minutes and then check your visual voicemail.
- Many users report that when a new voicemail comes in after the iOS update, the visual voicemail feature starts working as intended.
- Try Changing the Visual Voicemail password and see if helps with the issue.
- More on this in the next section we deal with carrier specific issues.
- Change Siri’s Language to US English
- Visual voicemail seems to be more consistent when using English (United States)
Visual Voicemail Issues that Require Carrier Support
Why is my Visual Voicemail Not Available?
- Is your basic Voicemail service working? The best way to find out if you are using AT&T is to Press and hold 1.
- If and when prompted, enter your voicemail password.
- Your pending voice mails will start playing.
- If there are no new messages but you have saved voicemails, Press 1 again to listen to your saved messages.
- If you can’t track any voicemails, it means there is something wrong with your voicemail setup service, and you will need to reach out to AT&T and find out more.
- Also, make sure that you are not using a Call Forwarding service to pipe your calls onto another number.
- If this is the case, those missed calls with Voicemail are not going to show up on your visual voicemail.
- Call Forwarding typically overrides your wireless voicemail system. For example, if you are on T-mobile network, Dial ##004# and press Send. This resets call-forwarding settings.
- For iPhones that use GSM networks like AT&T or T-mobile, you can find it in Settings >Phone.
- For iPhones using CDMA networks, like Sprint or Verizon, contact your carrier to review the setting.
- You can also verify your call forwarding options using your iPhone Settings.
- This varies from carrier to carrier.
- For instance, if your iPhone is on Verizon service, you can locate it by tapping on Settings > Phone > Verizon Services.
- If call forwarding is disabled, you will see the status here. It is also sometimes under the Cellular services in Settings > Cellular.
How To Reset Visual VoiceMail Feature on your iPhone
This is again a carrier specific feature.
If you recently upgraded your iPhone to iOS 12 and experienced Visual voicemail issues, and the tips above have not worked for you, your next course of action would be to reset the Visual Voicemail by resetting the password and or having the carrier re-push the service into your account.
- Try to Reset your Visual Voicemail password.
- This is the password that you set up with AT&T.
- Many users, when facing with AT&T Voicemail issues find that when they reset their voicemail password by calling AT&T, the problem goes away.
- If you have the MYAT&T app on your iPhone, Resetting is easy.
- Start by clicking on the magnifying glass icon and type in “reset wireless voicemail password” (first option) and then got to the Reset screen where it says, “We’ll send you a text message with your new password. Are you sure…?”
- Follow through with the prompts, and it resets your password to your phone number. Check your visual voicemail now.
- If you are using Verizon, you can reset your visual Voicemail password via My Verizon portal as well and give it a try.
Seeing Transcription Not Available Message?
If you see this message on a voicemail that just came in, the system probably hasn’t had time to process it yet. Wait for a few minutes, and it should become available.
It’s also possible that the Apple Servers responsible for transcribing are down. To check, go to Apple’s System Status site and look for any on-going issues.
Another reason your voicemail may show the message “transcription not available” is when the system is unable to understand and decipher the message and the speaker(s.) In that case, it just cannot recognize or make sense of the audio file.
Don’t like voicemail transcription? Wondering how you turn it off?
As mentioned, some folks love the Voicemail Transcription feature, and others just hate it!
Unfortunately, Apple does not currently give us a way to turn it off or disable Voicemail Transcription on the iPhone.
But there’s a workaround to turn off voicemail transcription!
Readers discovered that turning off Siri also turned off voicemail transcription, which makes sense since it uses the same technology.
Another workaround is to change Siri’s language to a different language or form of your current language (like US English to UK English or Australian English.)
We don’t know how long these workarounds will last since Apple is always updating the technology behind Siri.
We hope that one of the above steps fixed your issue.
More often than not, the simple Airplane mode toggling trick works for most users who discovered this issue following the iOS 12 update.
For AT&T customers, we have found that resetting the visual voicemail password often works the best when the Airplane mode trick doesn’t work.
Please let us know if you have any questions or comments below.
- The trick for me was to go to Settings> Siri & Search and turn on “Press Home for Siri.” Then force restart or do a regular restart if uncomfortable with a forced on. Once I did these two things, visual voicemail worked again for me. And I was able to turn Press Home for Siri back off since I don’t want that feature
- The fix for me was changing Siri’s language from English (British) to English (United States)
- After trying several things including a visit to an Apple Store, my voicemail transcripts appeared only after setting up and turning on “Hey Siri”