How to Delete Voicemail Messages and Fix Errors on iPhone

Voicemail messages and errors: how to fix them

The voicemail feature in iOS is very prominent and used by a majority of iPhone users. We receive voicemails all through the day and sometimes, some of them are left unopened and they take up unnecessary space in our phones. Even if you know how to delete a voicemail message, there is a chance that you don’t know how to permanently remove it from your iPhone. Thus, we will guide you through the steps to delete voicemail messages on your iPhone and fix some common errors.

Steps to delete voicemails on your iPhone

Deleting a voicemail message is quite simple and direct. Follow these steps below to learn how to delete voicemail messages on your iPhone:

  • Tap the Phone icon on the Home screen. 

How to delete voicemail messages on iphone

  • Tap the voicemail icon on the lower right corner of the screen

voicemail icon on the lower right corner of the screen of the iphone

  • Long tap on the message you wish to remove
  • Select the Delete from the list of options

Locate the delete button in voicemail message

If you wish to delete multiple messages at once, follow these steps:

  • Tap on Edit on the top right corner of the screen

How to delete voicemail messages permanently

  • Select all the messages you wish to delete
  • Tap on the red Delete option

The above steps are simple and direct to remove the voicemail messages from your message log. However, these messages are not permanently deleted from your device yet. Instead, these messages go to the Deleted Messages folder in your voicemail inbox, and you can easily recover them. Much like how the deleted pictures are restorable in the photos gallery. Thus, to remove the voicemails permanently, you need to follow these easy steps:

  • After deleting the voicemails first, you will find a Deleted Messages folder

Deleted Messages folder

  • Tap on the Clear All option on the top right corner

delete voicemail messages permanently - Clear All option on the top right corner

  • Your messages are permanently deleted now.

Following the above steps is an easy way to clear out your iPhone storage filled with unnecessary voicemail messages. 

Now, let’s talk about Visual Voicemail and related errors in the iPhone.

What Is Visual Voicemail?

The Visual Voicemail feature in iOS enables you to go through your voicemail messages and select the message you wish to hear through the phone screen. It certainly makes it convenient for the users to select their messages and avoid the ones they do not wish to hear. However, sometimes you may face a “Visual voicemail currently unavailable error” on your iPhone. This usually happens when your phone is facing network issues. There are a number of ways by which you can fix this issue. Let’s have a look at them below:

Switch on and off the Airplane mode

By turning on the Airplane mode your phone gets disconnected from all the network and radio connections. Thus, this acts as a refresh option for your network connections. You can turn on the airplane mode in two ways:

  • Do it directly via the Control Centre or

Switch on and off the Airplane mode in iPhone

  • Go to settings> tap on Airplane mode toggle to switch it on> switch it off after 10-15 seconds

Restart your iPhone

Restarting is the go-to solution for fixing most of the errors in electronic devices. By restarting your phone, temporary errors and glitches are cleared up. 

You can restart your phone by simply long-pressing the power button and selecting the switch-off option. After that, you can turn it back on by pressing the power button again. 

Reset network settings

By doing this, your phone forgets all the network settings including Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, data, and other settings. To reset the network settings, follow these steps:

  • Go to Settings

  • Open the General option

locate the General option

  • Scroll down to the Reset option

Scroll down to the Reset option

  • Now select Reset network settings

Select Reset network settings

  • Put in your passcode to proceed and confirm the reset option

Put in your passcode to proceed and confirm the reset option

This step may resolve your visual voicemail error issue.


The voicemail feature is used by a large number of the population. We hope the above steps give you an idea of how to delete voicemail messages from your iPhone. This guide will be helpful to deal with some of the common voicemail issues. If the problem persists after following the above methods, please contact Apple customer support to get the best possible resolution. 


About Lakshima Sareen

Hi, I am Lakshima from Delhi. I am a literature student along with being a tech enthusiast. The field of technology fascinates me and I have the right amount of expertise in gadgets and related fields. I aim to find out the most helpful information for all the tech enthusiasts who visit Not On Top and simplify it for all.

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