Verizon Wireless Voicemail Set Up Instructions

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Setting up a voicemail greeting on your Verizon Wireless cell phone takes just a few minutes of your time. If you're in a time crunch, you may want to write down what you want to record as your personal greeting. This way, you can simply read your greeting into your phone when prompted to record it.


Choose Your Password

To access your voicemail options, dial *86 on your cell phone, then press Send. If this is the first Verizon Wireless cell phone you've ever owned, you will be prompted to choose a four-digit password. Follow the prompts to confirm your password, then hang up.

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Upgraded Cell Phones

If this is a new phone that you've upgraded from a previous Verizon Wireless cell phone, your previous password and voicemail greeting will be stored into the new phone. You do not have to do the following steps unless you want to change your previously saved greeting.


You can now test to see if the password you just created will work. Dial *86 once again. You will be prompted for your password. Enter the password you've just confirmed. Press the * key to access the Main Menu. You will hear a list of options to choose from. Press 4 to access your Personal Options. You will hear a new set of personal options which you can set up or change. Press 3 to record your voicemail greeting and name.

Voicemail Options

Depending on how you wish to personalize your voicemail greeting, you have several options to choose from. Press 1 to record a personal greeting that all callers will hear if you do not answer their call. If you'd rather not leave a full greeting for callers, you can Press 3 to simply record your name. Press 1 to begin the recording process for your voicemail greeting.


Recording Your Greeting

You will be prompted to choose whether you want to implement a pre-recorded greeting (Press 1), pre-recorded greeting with only your recorded name personalized (Press 2), or a full personalized voicemail greeting (Press 3). Press 3 to choose the last option to begin recording your full greeting. You will then be prompted to start recording your greeting. Immediately after you record your greeting, press the # key. The message you just recorded will replay. If you want to change it, press the * key. You will once again be prompted to begin recording. Continue pressing the * key and re-recording your greeting until you are happy with what you recorded. Press the # key to save your greeting.