How to Use Live Voicemail on iPhone [iOS 17]

Use Live Voicemail on iPhone in iOS 17

In our fast-paced world, managing calls can sometimes become a challenge. Often we find ourselves in situations where we don’t have the time or freedom to answer calls or listen to voicemails. Fortunately, with the introduction of iOS 17 update, Apple has come up with a significant solution for this – which is live voicemail. If you’ve ever wanted to screen your calls effectively, this new feature will be a game-changer for you.

In this blogpost, I will discuss the Live Voicemail, a new feature introduced at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference 2023. From understanding what it is to how to use it, let’s explore the functionality and convenience offered by this innovative feature.

What is Live Voicemail?

Live Voicemail is an advanced feature introduced by apple on their iPhone in iOS 17 that records voicemail messages and transcribes them live with others. Similar to listening to songs on Spotify, you can see a live transcription of the voicemail on your screen, allowing you to make an informed decision about whether to answer the call or let it go to voicemail. This innovative feature ensures that you stay connected and updated with others even when you are busy or unable to pick up a call.

live voicemail on iPhone


  • Live transcription of voicemail helps you screen your calls better and faster.
  • Reduces the time and effort required to listen to voicemails.
  • Allows you to decide whether or not you want to pick up a call when voicemail is left.
  • Increases accessibility for the hearing impaired.
  • Helps identify spam calls that can be sent directly to voicemail without your phone ringing.

If you are busy and need to decide whether you should answer a call or not, this feature can help you at such times. When you just want to silence unknown callers. To do so then, go to Settings > Phone > Toggle on Silence Unknown Callers.

How to silence unknown callers on iPhone

How to Enable and Use Live Voicemail in iOS 17

Live Voicemail is a feature that’s enabled by default in iOS 17. If you have somehow turned it off, follow these simple steps to enable it:

  • Open the Settings app on your iPhone. Scroll down to “Phone” and click on it.
  • Go to the last option Live Voicemail in phone settings and tap on it.
  • Now, enable the toggle next to Live Voicemail.
How to Enable and Use Live Voicemail in iOS 17

From now on, when a caller leaves a voicemail, a real-time transcription will appear automatically on your iPhone’s call screen.

How to View Live Voicemail in iOS 17

When a caller leaves a voicemail on your device, it will automatically transcribe the message on your screen if you’ve enabled live voicemail on your iPhone. You don’t need to do any additional action for this. So you can see the live voicemail transcription on your screen as the message will already be being recorded.

View Live Voicemail

How does Live Voicemail work on iPhone?

Live Voicemail uses the power of your iPhone’s neural engine to transcribe voicemails in real time. As a voicemail is recorded, then this neural engine, using advanced machine learning to transcribes the spoken words into text and displays them on your iPhone’s call screen.

Ease Your Decision Making with Live Voicemail:

Live voicemail is introduced to simplify the call screening and decision-making process. Real-time transcription of voicemail enables you to determine the urgency and relevance of a call, making it a handy feature for you to manage your communications effectively.

How to Record Live Voicemail on iPhone in iOS 17

Apple has not provided specific instructions for recording live voicemail. However, based on current information, it is assumed that you clicked the specific button for this voicemail and you can send it normally. Please note, to receive live voicemail, the recipient’s device must have iOS 17 installed.


With this feature, Apple has taken the latest step in the world of technology to enhance the experience and accessibility of their users. It adds a new level of convenience to call management, transforming the way we deal with incoming calls and voicemails. With this feature, you can look forward to more efficient and informed call screening, enabling you to stay connected without the added stress of missed important calls.


Which iPhone models support Live Voicemail?

Apple will provide this feature in iOS 17 update. So it is believed that all iPhone models that support iOS 17 will have this feature or will support it.