✨ Screen iPhone calls with Live Voicemail

Published 3 months agoΒ β€’Β 1 min read

Hey Reader,! πŸ‘‹

For this tutorial, I’m going to show you how to see a live transcription of your iPhone voicemail.

πŸ˜– The issue

Voicemail systems haven't changed much in the past twenty years.

Someone calls.

You're unavailable to take the call.

They leave a voicemail.

You listen to it later.

You call them back.

If you're anything like me, I get a lot of spam phone calls, too.

Tell me if this sounds familiar:

"Hello [pause]. Your car's warranty is going to expire in [pause] 30 days. If you would like to extend your car's warranty, please call 1-800-blah blah blah blah."


These kinds of calls have become more and more common.

It can be frustrating to try and determine which calls are legitimate and which ones are spam.

Instead of answering those calls as they come in, we can be smarter about screening calls.

Apple's iOS 17 update now shows a real-time transcription for incoming voicemail.

It shows the message someone is leaving you as they speak, giving you immediate context for the call.

πŸ‘‡ Give it a try

iOS 17 has Live Voicemail turned on by default. But if you want to turn it off, here's where to find the setting...

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Scroll down to the Phone category.
  3. Find the option for Live Voicemail and turn it on or off.

Here's a looping animation that shows the same steps.

Here's how it works...

When you get a call, you can send it straight to voicemail by tapping the voicemail button.

As the caller starts leaving a voicemail, a live preview will show on the display.

You'll see options to send a text message or you can accept the call.

The call will also go to voicemail if you don't answer the call.

Here's a looping animation that shows how it looks in action.

✨ One more thing

The Live Voicemail feature is helpful for busy people like us. Or, for anyone who wants to handle phone calls more efficiently.

Share this tutorial to a friend or loved one so they can feel empowered to manage their voicemails.

Until next time, see ya! πŸ‘‹

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