How to Clear Your Voice Mail Box on an IPhone

The final step of the voice mail deletion process.
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Most voice mail messages have served their purpose after you listen to them once, so leaving them on your iPhone takes up space for no reason. Deleting voice mails is a two-step process -- first, remove them from the main list of voice mails and then delete them permanently.

Step 1

The voice mail box on an iPhone.
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Open your voice mail box and tap "Edit."

Step 2

Selecting voice mails to delete.
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Tap each voice mail you want to delete to select it. This is necessary even if you want to delete all of them, since there is no way to select all voice mails with one tap. Tap "Delete." This removes the selected voice mails from the voice mail box and places them in a separate folder.

Step 3

The voice mail box after removing all voice mails.
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Tap "Deleted Messages" to open the folder containing removed voice mails. If you left some voice mails in the main box, you may have to scroll down for this option to become visible.

Step 4

The list of removed voice mails.
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Tap "Clear All."

Step 5

The final step of the voice mail deletion process.
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Tap "Clear All" to confirm and delete all removed voice mails permanently.

Tip

To undelete a message and send it back to the main voice mail box, tap the message, and then tap "Undelete." If you've already removed the message from the "Deleted Items" folder, the message is not retrievable.

To customize your voice mail greeting, tap "Greeting" on the main voice mail screen, select "Custom," tap "Record," record your message and then tap "Save."

Warning

Information in this article applies to iPhones running iOS 8.1. The process may vary slightly or significantly if your iPhone is running a different version of iOS.

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