A great feature on iOS devices is voicemail which helps to record audio messages of unanswered calls. Although the voicemail feature is helpful, some people might want to disable it for many different reasons. One of these reasons is that phone carriers might charge additional fees for the voicemail service and when abroad additional charges can also be incurred.
People might find turning off or disabling the iPhone voicemail feature to be a hassle because of the restriction from some phone carriers. However, don’t lose hope there are different ways to solve this problem. In the articles, we are going to explore how to turn off the voicemail feature on iPhone 11/11 Pro, 13/13Pro/Max/Mini, iPhone 12 Pro Max/Pro/12, iPhone XS/XS Max/XR, iPhone X/8/7, and so forth. Continue reading and try it yourself.
3 Ways to Disable Voicemail on iPhone
- Method 1: Manually Deactivate the Voicemail
- Method 2: Try No More Voicemail
- Method 3: Get in touch with your Phone Carrier
Method 1: Manually Deactivate the Voicemail
Few phones give users the ability to deactivate voicemail through phone Settings. It depends on two things, firstly what type of phone it is and who is the service provider. Just follow these instructions to turn off your iPhone’s voicemail manually:
- Start by accessing the voicemail settings from your iPhone. Few of the carriers will have the settings available in different places. Such as in the case of T-Mobile you can find it under “Visual Voicemail” and for Verizon, you need to go to “Account Services – Phone Extras”. If you have trouble finding it, try searching “voicemail” in the product manual.
- Tap on the “Turn off” or “Deactivate” voicemail button in the settings. In a few of the devices, the option might not be available.
- In the chance you receive a code enter it in the provided field on the device. Few of the carriers might ask you to call and deactivate the voicemail.
After completing the above instructions make sure that the voicemail feature has been deactivated on your iPhone. You can check by calling on your number from a different phone and if the voicemail prompt doesn’t show up then it is a success.
Method 2: Try No More Voicemail
Try downloading the free app No More Voicemail on your iPhone and use it to disable the voicemail feature. The app doesn’t quietly disable the feature instead it routes the call to a virtual number through the conditional call forwarding feature on iPhone.
Follow the steps:
- Open the App Store from your iPhone and look for the “No More Voicemail” app. After finding it you can install it on your iPhone.
- Now, open the app and tap on the “Get Started” text in the main menu.
- Next, create a new sign-up for the app with your email id.
- Then, copy the number shown on the screen to the iPhone’s clipboard.
- Head back to the device’s home screen and tap on the phone app. Paste the copied number on the blank area and tap on call. After dialing the phone will suddenly disconnect.
- Launch the “No More Voicemail” app. Next tap on “I confirmed I followed these steps” button. Now, wait till your unanswered calls are redirected to a number that is going to be ringing continuously.
You can re-activate the voicemail feature by simply dialing in the specific phone carrier code:
- AT&T – #004#
- T-Mobile – ##004##
- Verizon – *73
- Sprint – *730
- US Cellular – *920
Method 3: Get in touch with your Phone Carrier
Contact your phone carrier and ask them to disable the voicemail feature. Note, this step will erase all the messages, settings, and saved greetings. Hence use this feature as a last resort. Follow the steps:
- Go to the Phone app.
- Call your phone service provider and ask the customer service representative to disable the voicemail feature.
Here are a few of the known phone carriers contact details:
- T-Mobile: 1-877-453-1304
- Verizon: 1-800-922-0204
- AT&T: 1-800-331-0500
- Sprint: 888-211-4727
The customer service agent will then access your iPhone and make the necessary changes. The representative will then update you if the voicemail service has been successfully disabled.
That’s it. You’ve now learned how to deactivate voicemail on iPhone. Hopefully, one of these steps will work for you. Good luck.