How to Download Voicemail Messages

By Alan Bradford

Voicemail messages can contain valuable information or memories of a loved one's words and voice. Most voicemail services allow you to save messages in an archive so that you can access and listen to them repeatedly. But voicemail services don't last forever and when you switch services or forget to re-save messages, they can be lost. By downloading and saving the messages, or recording them to a computer in a common audio file format, you are no longer dependent on the voicemail service to preserve them.

Things You'll Need

  • Cell phone headphone jack
  • Male-to-male headphone cable
  • Audio recording software
  • Headphones or computer speakers

Cell Phone to Computer Connection

Step 1

Connect one end of the male-to-male headphone cable to your cell phone headphone jack. If your cell phone does not have a headphone jack, there are usually adapters that you can purchase that will provide one.

Step 2

Connect the other end of the male-to-male headphone cable to the microphone jack on your computer.

Step 3

Connect earphones to your computer earphone jack or turn on your computer speakers.

Step 4

Open the audio recording software. There are a variety of recording programs that you can use to record the audio, including Windows Sound Recorder or Audacity.

Step 5

Enter your voicemail service on your cell phone and ensure that you can hear the audio through your computer speakers or connected earphones. If you cannot hear the audio, you may need to adjust the input device information in your operating system or configure the audio recording software to enable you to hear audio through the computer while you are recording.

Step 6

Click the "Record" button in the audio recording software when you get to the voicemail message that you want to record.

Step 7

Click the "Stop" button after the voice mail message ends.

Step 8

Save the audio to an audio file. The available audio file formats will vary based on your audio recording software.

VoIP Service

Step 1

Sign up for Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) service, if you have not already done so. There are several VoIP service providers to choose from, such as Skype or Axvoice.

Step 2

Connect earphones to your computer earphone jack or turn on your computer speakers.

Step 3

Open the audio recording software. There are a variety of recording programs that you can use to record the audio, including Windows Sound Recorder or Audacity.

Step 4

Dial the number you use to access your voicemail service in the VoIP software. If you are not sure how to access your voice mail service when not using your cell phone, consult your cell phone service provider's documentation.

Step 5

Click the "Record" button in the audio recording software when you get to the voicemail message that you want to record.

Step 6

Click the "Stop" button after the voicemail message ends.

Step 7

Save the audio to an audio file. The available audio file formats will vary based on your audio recording software.

Tips & Warnings

  • Though VoIP services require a monthly fee or charge-up fee, there are other benefits to using an Internet-based phone service, such as low-cost long-distance calls and digital quality.
  • You may need additional adapters to connect your cell phone to your computer.