Many iPhone users appreciate the ability to receive and listen to voicemail messages when they are unable to answer a call. However, there are several situations in which you might prefer not to have voicemail activated on your smartphone.
It’s easy to turn off voicemail on your iPhone. This post will teach you the simplest ways to disable voicemail on your iPhone.
Please keep in mind that these instructions only apply to iOS 14 and later. The steps may differ somewhat in various versions.
Method 1: Turning Voicemails Off Through Shortcode
The most straightforward and effective method is to disable voicemails using a series of shortcodes. To accomplish this, follow the instructions below:
Note: Please keep in mind that this approach has regional limits and may not be suitable for all users. If this does not work, try the other options given below.
1. On your homescreen, open the “Phone” app. It should be near the bottom of your phone, with a green phone receiver icon.
2. Navigate your way to the “Keypad” option.
3. Enter the *#61# code. This will provide you with the number for your voicemail box, which you will require in the next phases.
4. Once you have your mailbox number, open the “Settings” app and navigate to the “Phone” option.
5. Navigate to the “Call Forwarding” menu item.
6. Swipe the slider to the right to enable the option. When the option is enabled, the slider will turn green.
7. Select “Forward To” and enter the mailbox number you obtained by entering the shortcode provided above. For your convenience, a random number has been inserted below.
8. Return to the “Phone” app and dial “##004#” in the dialer. When you enter, you will notice a pop-up warning indicating that all voicemail-related services have been deactivated.
So, you’ve now successfully deactivated your voicemail messages. Put your iPhone in “Aeroplane Mode” to test whether you are receiving voicemail messages.
Method 2: Contacting your Carrier Company
Calling your carrier and listening to their automated messages is inconvenient, but this approach is straightforward and only you to contact your carrier only once. You can look for your carrier’s helpline number on Google, but we’ve included some of the most well-known below:
- T-Mobile: 1-877-453-1304
- Verizon: 1-800-922-0204
- AT&T: 1-800-331-0500
- Sprint: 888-211-4727
Mention to the representative you speak with that you want to disable your voicemail for any reason, such as “they are bothersome” or “they incur roaming charges.” When you switch off your voicemail, any calls you do not answer or accept will be routed to an automated message stating that your mailbox is not operational.
Method 3: Filling Up Your Mailbox
Another approach to stop getting voicemails is to fill up your voicemail box. This technique, while more time-consuming and harder to adopt than others, is effective. Follow the steps below to do this:
1. Begin by enabling “Airplane Mode” in your Control Centre. Swipe down from the top-right corner of your phone to reach the option.
2. Call your iPhone from a separate phone. Because you have enabled your airplane mode, the call will not be received and will be sent to voicemail.
3. Leave a random voicemail message. Repeat this procedure until your voicemail is filled (you’ll hear a “mailbox full” notice when it’s finished). It normally takes between 30 and 40 attempts, depending on your service provider.
Because messages are automatically destroyed after 30 days, you will need to conduct this activity on a regular basis to maintain your inbox full.
The methods described above are the best ways for iPhone users to disable their voicemail messages. Although there are third-party applications that claim to be able to do this function, we advise against using them since they are likely to include bloatware or may result in a data breach.