New to iPhone? How to manage your Voicemail and messages

Voicemails on iPhone

When you switch over to iPhone, you spend some time getting everything set up. And one of the items you likely cross off your list at some point is setting up your voicemail. But after you set it up, there are plenty of actions you can take to manage your iPhone voicemail and the messages you receive.

You can play, share, or delete messages as well as change your greeting if you like. If you’re new to iPhone, this tutorial shows you how to manage those Voicemail options.

Elias Limneos launches AnsweringMachine X for jailbroken iPhones on iOS 11

Two years ago, jailbreak tweak developer Elias Limneos revolutionized the way iPhone users interact with voicemail with a release called AnsweringMachine. Now, that very same tweak has been updated with official support for iOS 11, and it has been rebranded as AnsweringMachine X.

AnsweringMachine X reincarnates the legacy of what some might consider one of the best jailbreak tweaks ever devised for the iPhone. With it, users can replace Apple’s joke of a native voicemail handler with something far more useful in terms of functionality.

Turn iMessage, WhatsApp, and Line voice messages into text with Textify

Sending your friends voice recordings on messenger platforms such as iMessage, WhatsApp or Threema is surely not everyone’s cup of tea, but it’s hard to overlook its rising popularity in certain circles. Be it for faster communications or text weariness amongst younger people, voice messages are rife in chats today and that is despite the one clear downside they have: unlike texts, they are not very discreet, which makes them basically unobtainable in a host of potential situations.

Understanding the (circumstantial) issues with voice messages, Apple were the first to offer voicemail transcriptions in iOS 10 and now Textify joins the cause to bring a similar service to an even wider audience. The speech recognition app provides spoken word-to-text transcriptions for all your favorite messenger platforms including iMessage, WhatsApp, Threema, and Line. And suffice it to say that it wouldn’t be on iDB if it was not surprisingly powerful at that. Here’s how it works.

How to use voicemail transcription on iPhone

One of the more useful features for iPhones that comes packed inside of Apple’s new iOS 10 release is voicemail transcription, which transcribes your voicemails into text so you can read them rather than listen to them.

The feature is available to users in the United States and it’s very much still in its beta stages despite the fact that iOS 10 is now a public firmware, but if you want to know how to use it, or to see if you can use it yet, then you’ll be happy to know it’s quite easy to follow.

Super VoiceMail: A slick new way to handle your iPhone’s voicemail

Just last week, we showed you a jailbreak tweak called AnsweringMachine that took the jailbreak community by surprise and showed us that the iPhone's voicemail system has a lot to be desired. On the other hand, another new release called Super VoiceMail also looks very promising.

In this review, we'll show you what Super VoiceMail has to offer and help you decide which of the two jailbreak tweaks you should go with.

WhatsApp now lets you leave voice messages

WhatsApp Messenger was updated this morning with an interesting enhancement in the form of ability to leave other people voice messages on the service. “When placing a WhatsApp call, you now quickly leave a voice message if your call isn't answered, just like voicemail,” read release notes accompanying WhatsApp's 2.16.8 update on the App Store. Since enabling Voice over IP (VoIP) calling a year ago, more than 100 million voice calls are made on average every day via WhatsApp, or more than 1,100 VoIP calls a second.

How to permanently delete voicemails on iPhone

Since its inception the iPhone has supported Visual Voicemail, a feature that lets you see a list of your voicemails and choose which one to interact with without having to wade through all of them.

These messages are saved forever until you manually delete them, or your carrier erases them. Keep in mind that your carrier might not support the Visual Voicemail feature at all.

If you have set up and use Visual Voicemail on your iPhone, voicemails people leave in your inbox can quickly pile up, causing not just unnecessary clutter in the interface but also wasting your iPhone's precious storage space.

Follow the instructions provided in this tutorial to delete unwanted voicemails and claim back the storage space they occupy.

How to save your iPhone voicemails to the Voice Memos app

Save your iPhone voicemail to the Voice Memos app

The iOS Phone app makes it easy to save your voicemail to the Voice Memos app. Saving voicemails as voice memos lets you trim the audio before sharing them with others. Plus, the files in the Voice Memos app are automatically uploaded to iCloud and stay safely saved. So, if there is a memorable voicemail, you can keep it forever in iCloud.

In this brief tutorial, we show you how to save your voicemail as an audio note.