How Do I Change a Greeting on a Cell Phone?

By Thrisha Sylvan

Cell phones come with standard greetings that recite the dialed number back to the caller, but these programmed messages may seem too generic. Change the cell phone greeting to personalize your phone and reassure callers that they have reached the correct person. The process takes just a few minutes. Consider that employers, family members, institutions, companies and peers may potentially hear the recorded message.

Sprint Phones

Step 1

Hold "1" to call your voicemail from your cell phone. Once prompted, enter the passcode and press "#."

Step 2

Press "3" to select the "Personal options" menu.

Step 3

Press "2" for the "Greetings" menu.

Step 4

Select "1" to change the main greeting on the voicemail.

Step 5

Record your personalized greeting when prompted. Press "#" when you have finished recording. If satisfied with the new recorded personal greeting, press "1" and end the call.

AT&T

Step 1

Dial your cell phone number, or hold down "1" on the keypad to call voicemail. Once prompted, enter the passcode.

Step 2

Press "*" to gain access to the voicemail main menu.

Step 3

Press "3" to access the "Greetings options" menu.

Step 4

Press "1" and record your personal cell phone greeting. If satisfied, press "#" to save the greeting.

Verizon

Step 1

Dial *86, and press the "Send" key on your phone to access the voicemail menu.

Step 2

Select "4" to be directed to the "Personal options" menu.

Step 3

Press "3" to select the "Greetings" menu. Choose "Option 1" to record your personalized greeting.

Step 4

Press "3" and record your new cell phone greeting. If you are satisfied with your recorded message, select the "#" key to save the new greeting.

T-Mobile

Step 1

Dial your cell phone's voicemail number, or press and hold the"1" key to access the voicemail menu.

Step 2

Select "3" to access the "Greetings" menu.

Step 3

Follow the prompts in the "Greetings" menu that will allow you to record your own personal greeting.

Step 4

Save your recorded greeting by pressing "#" and end the call.

Tips & Warnings

  • Activate the voicemail account before attempting to change the greeting.
  • Listening to the prompts in the main voicemail menu will allow you to also change the recorded name and number that a caller hears.