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How to Check Voicemail on an Android Phone: 3 Best Ways

2022-06-295 mins

You’ve probably been curious about how to check voicemail on your Android phone. There are actually quite a few ways to do it. This article will explain 3 of the best options. That way, you don’t miss any important calls or messages from your contacts.

Tip: Don't forget to set up voice mail on your Android phone first.

Method 1: Check Voicemail on Android by Tapping a Notification

Here’s how to access voicemail on Android by tapping a notification:

Step 1: With your screen unlocked Swipe Down from the top of your screen. This will bring up your notifications. Scroll down until you see the Voicemail.

Voicemail information displayed on the notification page.

Step 2: Tap the Voicemail notification.

Voicemail tab highlighted

Step 3: Listen to the message.

The calling page of voice mail on Android phone

Great! Now you can check your voicemails by tapping a notification.

Method 2: Check Voice Mail on Android by Calling In

Here’s how to check voice messages on Android by calling in:

Step 1: From the Home Screen, Swipe Up from the bottom of your phone to bring up your apps. In the “Search apps” field at the top, type “Phone”.

Phone in the search apps fields.

Step 2: Tap ‘Phone’.

A red arrow pointed to Phone app.

Step 3: Tap the ‘Keypad’ at the bottom of the screen.

A red arrow pointed to the keyboard icon.

Step 4: Press and hold ‘1’ to dial your voicemail.

A red arrow points to the 1 on the dial keyboard.

Step 5: Listen to your voice messages.

The calling page of Voice Mail.

Awesome! Now you know how to check your voice mail by calling in.

Method 3: Check Voicemail on Android using Visual Voicemail

In this section, we’ll discuss how to use visual voicemail on Android. Most newer phones come with a visual voicemail app. Some phones will not come with one, but the carrier may make one available from your phone app store. 

Some phones with certain carriers will need to use a third-party app. In order to make this guide work for the most amount of people, we will use a third-party app.

How to Enable Visual Voicemail on Android

Step 1: Download YouMail from the Google Play Store.

youmail google play page

Step 2: Open the app and click ‘GET STARTED’.

A red arrow pointed to Get Started.

Step 3: Click ‘AGREE’.

A red arrow points to Agree on the pop up Window.

Step 4: Click ‘ALLOW’.

A red arrow points to Allow on the pop up Window.

Step 5: Select your Gmail profile or enter your email. Choose your password and click ‘NEXT’.

Create your account page for Youmail

Step 6: It will identify your carrier. Click ‘YES’. Some carriers are under the umbrella of major carriers such as T-Mobile, Verizon, etc. Whatever the app pulls up should work fine.

A red arrow points to Yes for confirming phone number.

Step 7: Enter your information and click ‘NEXT’.

A red arrow points to Next on the page for Personal Info.

Step 8: Click ‘ACTIVATE’ on the next screen.

Step 9: Click ‘OK’.

A red arrow points to Ok on the pop up window.

Step 10: Click ‘Verify Activation’.

A red arrow points to Verify Activation on the pop up window.

Step 11: YouMail will call your phone. Click ‘Decline’.

A red arrow points to Decline a Youmail call.

Step 12: Click ‘GOT IT’.

A red arrow points Got IT on the completion page.

Step 13: Click anywhere on the screen to dismiss the welcome notification.

A red arrow points anywhere on the screen.

Step 14: Call your phone from another phone and leave a message.

Step 15: Open the YouMail app and you will see your voicemail.

Voicemail record list in YouMail.

Step 16: Click on your voicemail. It may pop up a reminder to record a greeting. Click anywhere on the screen.

A red arrow pointed to an area on the screen.

A red arrow points a specific area on the screen.

Step 17: Click ‘Play’ at the bottom to listen to the voicemail.

A red arrow points to the Play button in YouMail app.

Wow! Now you can check voicemails with visual voicemail.

Other Third Party Voicemail Apps For Android

Carriers have notorious for blocking customers' access to visual voicemail on unlocked devices. It's one of those features that carriers want to own. It makes sense from a business perspective. Here are three additional third-party visual voicemail apps available for Android:

Google Voice

Google Voice - Google Play Page

While Google Voice is a free service, you'll need to have an existing phone number to use it. It’s great if you're looking for a way to manage voicemails from multiple lines and carriers on one device.

Even if you don't want to use it with all of your phones, Google Voice can be used as a secondary option. when dealing with important numbers like those of medical facilities or loved ones. 

The app also offers caller ID and spam filtering features. They're not as robust as what you'll find on other apps in our roundup. They're still handy tools to have at your disposal though.

As far as visual voicemail goes, Google Voice is among our favorites because it's so easy to navigate. The interface is clean and simple. Even novice users will feel comfortable navigating through their messages here.

The only downside is that visual voicemails are stored online. If you have a limited data plan, it could add up quickly over time.


Voxist: Visual Voicemail- Google Play Page

If you're in a supported region, Voxist is one of our favorite visual voicemail apps. The service allows users to check voice messages without ever having to listen to them.

Each message transcribes itself while being read aloud as part of a list of new messages. You can then choose to listen to or delete each one, or save them all in an email. You can also create custom voicemail greetings. It allows you to set up auto-reply messages that are sent out when you don't answer your phone.

Voxist is free without ads. The service allows users to listen to voicemails from any computer or mobile device. There are no limits on storage capacity.

Messages are saved forever, so you can access them at any time. You can also share messages with friends and family members by forwarding them an email. 


VXT: Call, Video, Voicemail - Google Play Page

Vxt is compatible with your existing mobile phone number. You can continue using your existing number as a visual voicemail. No need to update your contacts or phone book. 

All voice messages that come in are also available via text. It lets you respond when it's convenient for you -- whether that's immediately or days later. 

If it's an urgent call, Vxt will send notifications alerting you of who is calling and what time. You can then choose to listen directly from your notification or wait until later. This way, Vxt never gets in your way - but always stays in tune with how important calls are to you!

Vxt visual voicemail allows you to use customized greetings based on time of day, caller ID, and more. While listening, you can easily see who left a message and how long ago it was left. That way you never forget about important messages ever again. 


Why Don’t My Voicemail Notifications Work? How Do I Fix It?

Your voicemail notifications are not working because they are turned off. To turn them on:

  1. Open your Phone app.

  2. Click on the ‘three little dots’ at the top next to “Search contacts”.

  3. Click ‘Settings’.

  4. Click ‘Voicemail’.

  5. Click ‘Notifications’.

  6. Click ‘Advanced Settings’.

  7. Click ‘On lock screen’.

  8. Select ‘Show all notification content’.

  9. Tick ‘Show notification dot’.

You will now get a notification when you receive a voicemail.

How Do I Listen to My Voicemail on My Android Phone?

Here’s how to listen to your voicemail on Android:

  1. Open the Phone app.

  2. Go to the keypad and press and hold ‘1’.

  3. This will call your voicemail and you can listen to your voice messages.

What Number Do I Dial to Hear My Voicemail on Android?

You can dial 1 on your phone to call your voicemail. If you want to call from a different phone:

  1. Call your own number and wait until it goes to voicemail.

  2. Press ‘*’ (star) when it gets to voicemail.

  3. It will tell you to enter a PIN or password to go to My Voicemail.


  1. Open the Phone app.

  2. Click the ‘three little dots’ at the top next to “Search contacts”.

  3. Click ‘Settings’.

  4. Click ‘Voicemail’

  5. Click ‘Advanced Settings’

  6. Click ‘Setup’.

  7. Write down your Voicemail Number.

  8. Then you can call this number to access your voicemail from another phone.

Final Thoughts

Use these tips to check your voicemail so that you never miss an important call. Sometimes voicemails may be too long, too fast, or hard to hear.

You can use Notta to transcribe those voicemails to text. Notta is a highly accurate voice-to-text application. It can help you stay focused on the key points of every voicemail.