How to Call Directly to Someone’s Voicemail

Whatever situation you’re in, there are times we find it necessary to avoid making certain important calls. Sadly, the cruel reality of readily-available smartphones means that when someone wants to get our calls, it’s easy for them to do so – even if we’re trying to be sly and leave a voicemail for marketing purposes. However, we’ve discovered multiple methods to bypass those troublesome phone conversations, allowing you to simply leave a voicemail and carry on with your day.

Can I Call Someone and Go Straight to Voicemail?

Some wireless carriers give their subscribers the option to send voicemail directly without ringing the other party’s line. This generally is only available if both parties are on the same carrier, but when it’s available it’s super easy.


To send a voicemail directly to another AT&T subscriber:

  1. Enter your voicemail box and from the main menu, press 2.
  2. Enter the 10-digit phone number you want to send your message to.
  3. Record your message and press the # sign. (To replay your message before you send it, press 1).
  4. If you want to select a special delivery option, press 1. Special delivery options are:
    • 2 for Urgent.
    • 3 for Private.
  5. Press the # sign to send your message.


To send a voicemail directly to another Verizon subscriber:

  1. Call your voicemail access number.
  2. Press “2” to send a message.
  3. Follow the instructions as prompted. You’ll either record the message and then enter the phone number, or the other way around.
  4. Set your delivery options – 1 for private, 2 for urgent, 3 to request confirmation, 4 for future delivery.
  5. Press “#” to send the message.


To send a voicemail directly to another T-Mobile subscriber:

  1. Call 1-805-637-7243.
  2. Log into your voicemail account.
  3. Select the option to send a message and follow the prompts.


To send a voicemail directly to another Sprint subscriber:

  1. Call your own voicemail number and sign in.
  2. Select the option to send a message and follow the prompts.

What if I’m not on the same carrier/network as them?

If you aren’t on the same network as the person you want to call, the next-best option is to use an app. There are two popular apps to perform this service: Slydial and WhatCall. While Slydial used to be the market leader, it’s since been flooded with poor reviews due to the service only working sometimes. WhatCall continued to work for a time, but as of May 2020 also appears to be having major issues and is only working sporadically.


Slydial is an app (available for iOS and Android) that you download and install onto your phone. Free accounts are available but they require you to listen to an ad before making your call. There are also two tiers of paid accounts, giving you ad-free access, the ability to “Slydial” multiple people simultaneously, and other premium features. For most people, the free version is perfectly adequate to ditch out on work, avoid the semi-girlfriend or keep from going to a party you really don’t want to go to.

Here’s how to use the service:

  1. Download and install Slydial onto your phone.
  2. Sign up for an account and log into the app.
  3. Dial 267-SLYDIAL from your phone app on your cell phone to connect to the service.
  4. When prompted, enter the cell number you are trying to reach.
  5. Leave your message as instructed.

Slydial only works if you’re calling a mobile phone. Even if the landline you are trying to call has digital voicemail, the app will not work. Otherwise, the process automatically bypasses the live line and goes straight to voicemail.


WhatCall is also available for Android (sideload only) and iOS. The app similarly directs a phonecall to another’s voicemail without causing their phone to ring. However, as of May 2020, reviewers share the same concern as was expressed towards SlyDial – it only works sometimes. WhatCall imports all of your contacts, so all you have to do is open the app and tap a contact. From there, you will be directly connected with their voicemail. WhatCall is a cell-only app, costing $0.99 on the iOS app store.

How To Send A Call Directly To Voicemail

What if you’re on the other side of things? Your phone rings, you see who’s calling, and wish you could send them straight to your nice, customized voicemail message. This can easily be accomplished by setting your phone to airplane mode or turning on Do Not Disturb. Additionally, you can reject any incoming calls, sending them straight to voicemail. In order to automatically direct a specific caller to your voicemail without your phone ringing, you’ll have to use a different method depending on which phone you’re using.

Using An Android

(Note: This only works on some Android builds.)

  1. Navigate to your call list and add the number you want to avoid as a contact.
  2. Navigate to “Contacts” and tap the three-dot menu icon.
  3. Inside the individual contact, tap the three dots menu icon.
  4. Select “Route to voicemail.”

Using An iPhone

Unfortunately, you cannot currently send individual calls to voicemail on an iPhone without using a non-native app.

If you want to avoid marketing calls, you can just block them instead. This won’t stop that first call, but it will stop subsequent calls.

  1. Open the phone app and navigate to Recents
  2. Find the telemarketer call.
  3. Select the information icon on the right, then scroll down and tap Block this Caller.
  4. Calls from that number will be blocked in the future.

Calls will still technically be delivered to your phone, but your phone will not alert you to the call. This is a handset block and not a network block. You can put a network block on persistent telemarketers, but you need to contact your network provider for that. To view voicemails from blocked calls, go to Voicemail, then scroll all the way to the bottom and tap “Blocked Messages.”

How Do You Make A Call Go Straight To Voicemail?

Forget about messing around with apps. There’s a powerful voicemail handling system built into nearly every big carrier today – and that system almost always includes a system for recording a voice message and sending it directly without ringing the target phone. I will walk you through the process of doing this on Straight Talk (since that happens to be my carrier) but most carriers will have similar systems.

  1. Dial the voicemail access number; for Straight Talk, that is *86.
  2. Enter the PIN code that grants access to your voicemail.
  3. To send a message press 2.
  4. Enter the destination number and the pound key.
  5. Record the message.
  6. Press # to send the message.

The advantage of calling directly to voicemail are many. You can pass on bad news, give a message with full inflection and meaning in your voice and give the recipient time to reflect before they have to respond. In some fraught situations, that period of reflection can completely change how that person responds and can turn a difficult situation into something much calmer and more measured. You can also skip out on work without having to answer any questions. If you want your voicemail to sound crystal clear, here is a highly-rated noise cancelling headset.

Do you know of any other ways to send a call directly to voicemail? Do you know how to selectively send a call to voicemail on an iPhone? Tell us about it below if you do!

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2 thoughts on “How to Call Directly to Someone’s Voicemail”

Avatar J. Williams says:
The effing spammers are using this frequently. I wish Sprint would turn this off. Their G.D. spam goes directly to my mailbox without me being able to kill the call first.
Avatar Devi Shammuramat says:
Much better & simpler method: simply phone your own voicemail service. Then one of the options will be to ‘record a voicemail’; after which you can enter the phone number, record & send voicemail.

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