Instructions for How to Set Up an AT&T Answering Machine
AT&T offers home phone service in conjunction with its more popular wireless phone service. In addition to offering the actual phone service, AT&T also sells telephone accessories, including answering machines. The answering machine is usually built into the cordless phone base and allows you to save messages from missed callers for a later review. The initial setup of the machine requires that you record an outgoing message for your callers to hear when the answering machine picks up.
Press the "Menu" key on the telephone base. Select "Answering System," then select the mailbox you'd like to set up.
Select "Announcement," click "Annc audio," and then click "Record."
Record the outgoing message at the prompt, speaking directly toward the microphone in the base of the telephone. Press the "Stop" button when you are done.
Tips & Warnings
- Don't confuse AT&T voice mail with an AT&T answering machine. The two are separate services. Your answering machine is a physical piece of equipment that records messages from callers, but the voice mail system is a digital recording system that saves messages on a server.
- AT&T offers several different answering machine options and the setup instructions can vary slightly, depending on model of the equipment. Consult your user manuals for model-specific information, or contact AT&T Customer Service if you have trouble reading the manual. (See Resources.)