How to Save a Voice Mail Message to a PC

By Palmer Owyoung

From photographs to text messages, from emails to voice mails, our cell phones hold a lot of data. From time to time you may wish to transfer some of the files that take up a lot of space to create room for other things. If you wish to move your voice mail messages to your PC to back them up, then there are a few different ways to go about doing it.

Step 1

Choose the method that best suits you. There are several ways to save a voice mail message to a PC. A few that you can use are voicemail transfer services, voicemail as email attachments, and VOIP (voice over Internet Protocol) and phone recording services.

Step 2

Sign up for a VOIP service and download the phone recording software. This option will require some computer knowledge and therefore may not be the easiest solution. The VOIP service will use your computer as a phone. All you need to do is call your voicemail or answering machine from your computer, record the voice messages using your phone recording software, and save the file as .wav or .mp3. A credit balance of $5 can give you 10-50 hours of message downloads. A few services that you can use are SkypeOut, Raketu, and

Step 3

Sign up for a recording service. Consider RecordiaPro. After signing up, you dial an access number from any phone and then enter your password. When a new dial tone is heard, any number you call will be recorded, which can be from your voicemail or a live phone conversation. These recorded files are automatically stored in their site where you can later log on using your account and download all your voicemail messages. Charges start off from $29.99 as of 2010.

Step 4

Sign up for a Voicemail as Email Attachment Service. One service that you can consider is Jott. You will be given a number to give to all of your contacts. Whenever someone leaves a voicemail a .wav or .mp3 copy of the voicemail will be sent to your email as well as a written transcript. Open the mail, click on the attachment and select "Save File To My Computer". Charges may vary depending on the provider and can range from $12.95 to $19.95 per month.

Step 5

Contact a Voicemail Transfer Service Provider. This is the easiest of the options provided. If you really don't have the time, or you don't want to deal with technology, you can hire people to download your voicemail for you. They will convert them to .wav or.mp3 format and hand them to you in CD's. Prices start off at $30 for ten minutes.