How to Retrieve iPhone Calls

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Like other mobile phones, iPhone allows you to answer incoming calls straightforwardly. But unlike many devices, you don't have to go through hoops to see the calls you've missed or retrieve the voice messages left by your callers. That's because your voicemails and call history are stored directly on your iPhone. Hence, when your home screen displays a missed call alert or your "Phone" app displays the number of messages that await you, you can respond quickly. Once your iPhone's voicemail is set up, you can retrieve your calls and review their specifics with a mere tap or two.

Set Up Voicemail

  • Tap "Phone" on your home screen.

  • Tap "Voicemail" on the lower right. A "Set Up" screen will appear. Tap "Set Up Now."

  • Enter a four-digit password and tap "Save." Re-enter your password when prompted and tap "Save" again. A "Greeting" screen will appear.

  • Tap "Default" if you wish to greet your callers with a generic message. Otherwise, tap "Custom" to record a greeting. To do this, tap "Record" and speak clearly into your iPhone. Tap "Stop" to end your recording and then "Play" to review your greeting.

  • Tap "Save" to return to your "Voicemail" screen.

Missed Calls

  • Tap "Phone" on your home screen.

  • Tap the "Recents" icon on the lower left. You'll see a list of all the phone calls made or received on your iPhone. Incoming calls that you missed will appear in red.

  • Tap on any missed call to return it. Your iPhone will automatically dial the number from where the call came.

  • Tap a missed call's blue directional arrow if you wish to learn more about the call, such as its length or the time and date it arrived. You can also add the caller to your contacts list, call an existing contact at alternate number or text a reply.

Voicemail

  • Tap "Phone" on your home screen.

  • Tap the "Voicemail" icon on the lower right. This will bring up a list of voice messages left for you by the callers you missed. Voicemails that you haven't yet heard will carry a blue dot.

  • Tap on a message you would like to hear, and then tap it again to begin playback. Tap "Speaker" on the upper-right corner if you would like to hear the message through your iPhone's speakers.

  • Tap the message to pause it while it's playing and then tap it again to resume playback. Drag the ball in the playback bar below left or right to rewind or fast forward through the message.

  • Tap a message's blue directional arrow if you wish to learn more about it, such as the time and date it arrived. You can also add the caller to your contacts list, call an existing at alternate number or text a reply.

  • Tap the green "Call Back" button to return the call after you've listened to a voice message.

  • Tap the "Delete" button when you no longer have any need for a voice message.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you've already set up voicemail on a previous phone with the same carrier, you can skip setup and go straight to recording or modifying your greeting. Tap "Greeting" on the upper-left corner of your "Voicemail" screen.
  • Deleting a voicemail does not really delete it. Scroll to the bottom of your "Voicemail" screen and tap "Deleted Messages." You can then "Undelete" any given message or "Clear All" your deleted messages with finality.

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