How to Go Straight to Someone's Voicemail

By Cynthia Measom

If you're busy and don't have time to talk or you simply don't care to speak to the person you're calling, a direct dial to the person's cellular phone voice mail is the perfect solution. Even if you're not on the same network, you can utilize a service that will allow you to skip over the inconvenience, awkwardness or even the unpleasantness that a person-to-person phone call can subject you to.

Outside Your Calling Network

Step 1

Dial the access number for a service such as Slydial or Voicedrop. These types of services are free if you don't mind listening to an advertisement or two before you make connection with the voice mail account you're trying to reach.

Step 2

Follow the prompts, which include inputting the phone number you are trying to reach. Wait for the voice mail to be connected.

Step 3

Leave your voice message for the person and hang up when you are finished speaking. The recipient will receive a notification on his phone that he has a message, but his phone will never ring.

Inside Your Calling Network

Step 1

Look up the voice mail access number for the carrier to which the phone number belongs.

Step 2

Dial the voice mail access number and follow the prompts, including entering the person's phone number.

Step 3

Leave a voice message for the person and hang up. The person will receive a message notification on his phone.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you don't want to waste your time listening to advertisements when using a service such as Slydial, you can pay a fee to avoid them.
  • Contact your cell phone provider and ask how to connect directly to another customer's voice mail. Depending on the provider, there may be an easier way.
  • You can also dial into your own voice mail and listen to the menu options to find out if there is a way to leave a message for another customer on the network.
  • Some of the voice mail access numbers on the Cellular Back Door website may or may not be valid.