[4 Ways] How To Fix Voicemail Disappeared After iOS 17 Update

Voicemails Disappeared After Update

When a recent iOS update wiped the saved voicemails I had from my late grandmother, I found myself scrambling through files for hours on end. Losing messages that hold sentimental value is beyond heartbreaking.

Surprisingly, this issue cropped up for many users. While not everyone has the same emotional connection to their voicemails, that doesn’t mean they’re fine losing them. The good news is that it’s a relatively easy fix. Here are the troubleshooting steps I followed to bring back missing voicemails to my inbox.

What To Do If Your Voicemails Disappeared After an iOS Update

1. Turn Off Live Voicemail

Time needed: 2 minutes

Try turning off Live Voicemail. It’s a feature that transcribes incoming voicemail messages in real-time, and the issue might be caused by a bug or conflict. Here are the steps you can follow.

  1. Open the Settings app on your iPhone.

  2. Now, scroll down and tap on Phone.

    The Phone iOS Settings

  3. Look for the Live Voicemail option and turn it off.

    Clicking Live Voicemail Toggle Button

  4. Exit the Settings app.

  5. Now, restart your device and check if the voicemails are back.

Note icon NOTE
If you don’t see the Live Voicemail option in your settings, it means that feature is either not available on your device or not enabled by your carrier.

2. Reset Network Settings

If turning off Live Voicemail does not work, reset your network settings. This action will revert your Wi-Fi networks and passwords, cellular settings, and VPN/APN settings back to their defaults. It might also clear any network-related errors in the process.

  1. Open the Settings app from the Home Screen.
  2. Then, scroll down and open General.
    Open settings and go to General
  3. At the bottom, tap on Transfer or Reset iPhone.
    Transfer or Reset iPhone
  4. Select Reset.
    Choose Reset
  5. Tap on Reset Network Settings from the list of options.
    Reset Network Settings
  6. Enter your iPhone passcode to continue.
  7. Choose Reset Network Setting again to confirm.

3. Update iOS

Since the voicemails disappeared immediately after the iOS update, this error could be due to a software bug. Apple typically resolves known issues—the next iOS update might have a fix.

  1. Go to the Settings app and open General.
    Open settings and go to General
  2. Then, tap on Software Update.
    Select Software Update
  3. Wait for a few seconds while the system looks for any available updates.
  4. Select Download and Install to update the iOS on your iPhone.

4. Contact Your Carrier and Apple Support

If the above methods didn’t work for you, the next best step is to contact your carrier service provider. Since voicemails are often handled directly by them, they can check for any outages or technical issues on their end. However, if you are not satisfied with your carrier’s service, you can contact Apple Support your last resort. Just note that they can only assist with software and hardware issues.

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