How to Record Voice Mail Messages to a Computer

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There are many perks to using your phone company's voice mail service, as opposed to an answering machine, to capture messages from missed called. For one thing you don't have to maintain any hardware. It's all handled by your phone company. The downside of using voice mail as opposed to an answering machine is that you have to manually create a hard copy of any message you want to keep. This task is made relatively simple with the use of a device called a telephone recording adapter.

Things You'll Need

  • Telephone recording adapter
  • Windows 7
  • Audacity audio editing and recording software

Initial Set Up

  • Purchase a telephone recording adapter. A telephone recording adapter is a device used to send the audio signal from a phone line to a sound recording device such as a cassette recorder or a computer equipped with the right type of software. There are different types of telephone recording adapters. Some are designed for use with cell phones. Others are designed for use with landline phones.

  • Refer to the telephone recorder adapter's user guide for instructions on how to hook up the device to your phone line and to the "Line In" jack on the computer. The connection process varies depending upon the type of telephone adapter you are using.

  • Download and install Audacity audio recording and editing software from the sourceforge.com website. This step is only necessary if you would prefer to use an audio recording application with more feature options than the basic Sound Recorder application, which comes pre-installed on Windows, provides.

Record Voice Mail Using Sound Recorder

  • Open the Start menu. Enter "sound recorder" in the "Search" box. Click "Sound Recorder" in the search results to launch the Sound Recorder program.

  • Pick up or turn on your phone. Dial your voicemail access number. Enter your passcode when prompted. Follow the voice prompts to listen to your saved messages.

  • Click "Start Recording" in Sound Recorder when you are ready to begin dubbing the message to the computer. Click "Stop Recording" at the end of the message. The "Save As" dialog box will automatically open.

  • Enter a name for the recorded message in the "File name" field box. Navigate to the directory where you want the file to be saved. Click "Save."

Record Voicemail Using Audacity

  • Open the Start menu. Go to "All Programs." Select "Audacity" to launch the Audacity program.

  • Open the drop-down menu on the mixer toolbar. Select "Line In" as the input source.

  • Pick up or turn on your phone. Dial your voicemail access number. Enter your passcode when prompted. Follow the voice prompts to listen to your saved messages.

  • Click the red round Record button in Audacity when you are ready to begin dubbing the message to the computer. Click the yellow square Stop button at the end of the message.

  • Go to the "File" menu. Select "Export as WAV." Enter a name for the recorded message in the "File name" field box. Navigate to the directory where you want the file to be saved. Click "Save."

Tips & Warnings

  • If the recording signal level is too low or too high, right-click on the speaker icon on the taskbar. Select "Open Volume Control." Raise or lower the "Line In" slider.

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