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How To Delete All Voicemails on iPhone

Posted by Arch on December 10, 2018

Voicemails are an American thing. If you stay in some foreign countries in other regions for a bit, you’ll find that many people aren’t fond of leaving voicemails. Heck, it’s their loss, maybe? From the old answering machines to the latest cell phones, we can’t do without voicemails.

If you’re an iPhone user in these United States, you know that voicemails tend to pile up and your voicemail service may only allow so many voicemails before it’s full. If you don’t want people to worry when they hear that your voice mailbox is full – people who disappear off the face of the earth tend to end up with full voicemails – you might want to do something about it.

Thankfully, there are a few ways to go about it.

Deleting Voicemails with Visual Voicemail

Nowadays, many carriers support visual voicemail. This is very convenient as it lets you manage your voicemails directly from the menu without having to call the voicemail number.

If you have visual voicemail, deleting voicemails is pretty simple. Here are the steps you need to take:

  1. From your home screen, go to the Phone
  2. Tap the Voicemail icon located at the bottom right corner of the screen.
  3. Find the voicemail that you wish to delete.
  4. Swipe left, then tap the red Delete button to remove it.

If you want to delete multiple voicemails at once, the process is slightly different but still very straightforward. Here’s what to do:

  1. Go to Phone > Voicemail the same way as for the first method.
  2. Tap the Edit button at the top right corner of the screen.
  3. Select all the voicemails that you want to delete.
  4. Tap the Delete button at the bottom right corner of the screen.

Currently, there isn’t a mass delete option so you’ll have to manually tap on each voicemail. Of course, this is not a big deal as we usually don’t have as many voicemails as emails.

Deleting All Voicemails Permanently

The above methods don’t get rid of your voicemails for good. Instead, they just move them to the Deleted Messages folder. This does free up some storage space, but the issue of privacy leaks still persists since all the voicemails can be restored within 30 days.

To make sure this doesn’t happen, take the following steps to permanently delete all your voicemails:

  1. Go to Phone > Voicemail.
  2. Scroll to the bottom until you see the Deleted Messages folder and enter it.
  3. Tap the Clear All button at the top right corner.
  4. Confirm the deletion by tapping Clear All

After you’ve done this, all your voicemails will be deleted for good. This process is irreversible so make sure that you won’t need the deleted voicemails anymore.

Deleting Voicemails without Visual Voicemail

In case your carrier doesn’t support visual voicemail, the above steps don’t apply to you. Luckily, there’s another method for getting rid of them. Sure, it might not be the most convenient one, but it’s really the only one you have if there’s no visual voicemail. In fact, it’s been around so long that you should already know about it.

Here’s what you have to do:

  1. Open the Phone app, then go to Keyboard.
  2. Type 123 and dial.
  3. You’ll hear all your voicemails being read out. After each one is finished, press 3 to delete it.

This is of course the old-fashioned method that’s been around since the early days of cell phones. There’s a tiny hack that can help you speed up this process. After the first voice message has been read, tap 3 multiple times, depending on how many voicemails you have. This should delete them without you having to listen to each one of them. You should also be able to hit 3 and delete a voicemail before it’s fully read out.

The Final Word

If you’re blessed with visual voicemail, deleting all your voice messages should be a breeze.

On the other hand, if you have to call the voicemail number to go through this process, things get a bit tougher. Keep in mind that you can always disable voicemail altogether. You might even save some money if your carrier charges for voicemail service.

If you know someone that needs to declutter their voice message inbox, feel free to share this tutorial with them. And if there are more iPhone-related questions you need answers to, post them in the comments section below.

One thought on “How To Delete All Voicemails on iPhone”

Pat says:
Yep, not working. The voicemails seem to be going away, about 3 of them, and then jump back on the page. I’ve had Verizon delete them from their end, but they won’t leave my iPhone IOS 12.2. I’ve tried resetting the network, that does not do it either.
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Raymond Bordeaux says:
Did you get it figured out? I’m having the same problem today.
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Michelle says:
I have tried to permanently delete all voicemail multiple times and they all just keep coming back. I even searched on iCloud to see if there was a back up there that was restoring the voicemail, but found nothing. If you have solved this dilema, please reply!

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