My iPhone 7 Won't Play Voicemail! Here's The Real Solution.

David Lynch

MAY 25, 2017

Your iPhone 7 isn't playing voicemail and you don't know what to do. You're probably frustrated, especially if you were expecting an important phone call. In this article, I'll show you how to set up Visual Voicemail and explain what to do when your iPhone 7 won't play voicemail.

What's Wrong With My iPhone 7? Should I Call My Carrier?

The voicemails on your iPhone 7, known as Visual Voicemail, are downloaded onto your from your wireless carrier. When your iPhone 7 won't play voicemail, that typically means there's a software issue on your iPhone, or the voicemail audio files aren't downloading properly from your wireless carrier.

Our troubleshooting guide below will first show you how to set up Visual Voicemail on your iPhone, then explain what to do if voicemails aren't playing on your iPhone 7. If you've already set up voicemail on your iPhone, you can skip to step 2, where we show you how to close the Phone app!

How To Fix An iPhone 7 That Won't Play Voicemail

6 Steps Total
1.

Set Up Voicemail On Your iPhone

Visual Voicemail allows you to view, listen to, and delete the voicemails on your iPhone. Make sure you set up Visual Voicemail on your iPhone, otherwise your voicemails may not download from your wireless carrier.

How Do I Set Up Voicemail On My iPhone?

  1. Open the Phone app.
  2. Tap the Voicemail tab in the lower right-hand corner of the screen.
  3. If Visual Voicemail is not set up on your iPhone, you'll see a button that says, Set Up Now. Tap that button.
  4. Enter, then confirm a custom voicemail password.
  5. Tap Custom if you want to create your own custom greeting when someone reaches your voicemail box.
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2.

Close Out Of All Of Your Apps

Closing out of your apps is like turning your iPhone off and back on — it gives your apps a fresh start. If one of the apps that you have open crashes in the background, it may prevent other apps you have open from functioning properly. It can be difficult to identify which specific app or apps are malfunctioning, so we'll close them all to save time.

How Do I Close Out Of All Of My Apps?

  1. Double-press the Home button to view the apps your currently have open.
  2. Use your finger to swipe up on the apps to close them.
  3. You'll know all your apps are closed when you only see a preview of your lock screen.
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3.

Turn Your iPhone Off And Back On

When you turn off your iPhone, the operating system shuts down all the little background programs that keep your iPhone running. When you turn your iPhone back on, all those little background programs start fresh, and sometimes that’s enough to fix a simple software glitch.

How Do I Turn My iPhone Off And Back On?

  1. Press and hold the power button until "slide to power off" appears on the screen.
  2. Use your finger to swipe the red power button across the screen from left to right.
  3. Wait for your iPhone to turn all the way off. This may take up to 30 seconds.
  4. To turn your iPhone back on, press and hold the power button until the Apple logo appears on the screen.
  5. Let go of the power button and wait for your iPhone to turn on.
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4.

Reset Network Settings

Resetting the network settings can give your iPhone a “fresh start” and allow it to connect to Bluetooth devices or WiFi networks that may have been problematic.

How Do I Reset Network Settings?

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Tap General.
  3. Scroll down to Reset. Reset is the final option in Settings -> General.
  4. Tap Reset Network Settings.
  5. Enter your passcode.
  6. When your iPhone restarts, the reset is complete.
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5.

Contact Your Wireless Carrier

Sometimes when your iPhone experiences issues related to your cellular network (no or poor service, calls going straight to voicemail), the problem is stemming from the cellular network, not the iPhone itself.

Below are the support numbers of major wireless carriers to contact if you're experiencing problems.

  1. Verizon: 1-(800)-922-0204
  2. Sprint: 1-(888)-211-4727
  3. AT&T: 1-(800)-331-0500
  4. T-Mobile: 1-(877)-746-0909
  5. Virgin Mobile: 1-(888)-322-1122
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6.

Repair Your iPhone With Apple

Apple repairs iPhones at the Genius Bar in Apple Stores and through their online mail-in repair service. Apple repairs are high-quality, but out-of-warranty repairs can be much more expensive than third-party solutions. If you're looking to save some money you're not covered by Apple's warranty, you may want to check out our other recommendations.

How Do I Repair My iPhone With Apple?

How To Repair Your iPhone With Apple's Mail-In Service

  1. Visit Apple's support website to begin the online mail-in repair process.
  2. Alternatively, call 1-800-MY-APPLE (1-800-692-7753) to set up a repair.

How To Repair Your iPhone At The Genius Bar Inside Your Local Apple Store

  1. Visit Apple's website to make a Genius Bar appointment before you go into the store. Apple Stores are extremely busy, and if you don't have an appointment, you may have to wait for hours or end up being turned away. (Editor's note: I'm a former Apple tech and we're not exaggerating — please, do yourself a favor and make an appointment first!)
  2. When you arrive, go to the Genius Bar to check in for your appointment.
  3. Genius Bar appointments always include free diagnosis. If you're under warranty, many repairs can be done on the spot, but it all depends upon which parts are in stock. If you're not under warranty, the Genius will give you a quote for the cost of a repair.
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Visual Voicemail: Fixed!

Your voicemail has been fixed and now you can listen to messages from all the callers you missed. Now that you know why an iPhone 7 won't play voicemail, I hope you'll share this article on social media so your friends and family can avoid this frustrating problem as well. Leave a comment down below if you have any other questions, and as always, thanks for reading!

AUTHOR

David Lynch

Hi, I'm David! I'm here to help you fix problems with your iPhone and help you find a better cell phone plan.

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