What Is a Voicemail Number on Android?


There are moments we are unavailable to accept phone calls, and these calls could be significant for business purposes and even for other informal purposes. In such a situation, it is wise to let the callers leave a voicemail message through our voicemail number.

Quick Answer

A voicemail number in an Android phone or other smartphone is the number your carrier or service provider assigned to you for receiving voicemails. Voicemails are voice messages a caller saves in your voicemail box when you are unavailable to pick up a call.

This article will give the steps to finding your voicemail number. It will also show you how to set up a voicemail on an Android phone. Lastly, you will learn how to make a voicemail call.

Voicemail Numbers on Android

For all smartphones, for example, an Android phone, a voicemail number is the number a phone user uses to receive voicemail messages. This number is provided by your mobile carrier or service provider.

What Is the Use of a Voicemail Number?

The use of a voicemail number is to allow your callers to reach out to you even when you are not able to pick up their calls. You can listen to saved telephone messages on your voicemail box with your voicemail number.

You can forward your phone number to your voicemail when you cannot respond to calls. Once directed, anyone who calls your phone can place a phone message in your voicemail box.

Finding Your Voicemail Number

The voicemail number is provided by your voicemail service or mobile service providers. The primary way of finding a voicemail number is almost the same on most Android phones.

Here is how to check your voicemail number given to you by your mobile service provider.

  1. Go to your Android Phone app.
  2. Go to the menu icon.
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  3. Select “Settings”.
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  4. Click “Voicemail”.
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  5. Tap “Advanced Settings”.
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  6. Click “Setup”. Your voicemail number will appear if you have set it up previously.
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How To Set Up Voicemail on Android

The fundamental way to set up voicemail messages in Android phones is the same. However, you may find only a slight difference between different Android phone models.

You should follow these steps to set up your voicemail box on your Android phone.

  1. Go to your Android Phone app.
  2. Click “Menu”.
  3. Click “Settings” > “Voicemail”.
  4. Tap “Advanced Settings” > “Setup”.
Important Tip

Read the voicemail terms and conditions of services before signing up for it.

Moreover, you should inform your mobile service provider if your phone app doesn’t have voicemail features. Also, make sure that the phone number trying to call you isn’t blocked.

How To Change Your Voicemail Settings on Android

You can change voicemail notification settings or change your mobile carrier.

Here is how to change your mobile carrier and select another one.

  1. Click your Phone app.
  2. Tap the “Menu” icon.
  3. Tap “Settings” > “Voicemail”.
  4. Click “Advanced Settings” > “Service”.

Here is how to change voicemail notifications.

  1. Go to your Phone app.
  2. Tap “Menu” > “Settings” > “Voicemail” > “Advanced Settings” > “Notifications”.

You can change the notification sound. You can also toggle on/off the vibration option.

How To Make a Voicemail Call on Android

  1. Open your Phone app.
  2. Click the number pad icon.
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    Long-press the number “1”.
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  3. An icon appearing like a tape recording will pop up. It will direct you to your voicemail box.
Quick Trivia

You can always listen to your voicemail from another phone.

How To Use Another Phone To Check Your Voicemail

You use the voicemail service when you are unable to pick up calls at the moment. Some mobile services also allow you to check your voicemail remotely using any device rather than a specific phone.

If the caller is within the local area, the caller will make the call using the primary telephone number. However, if outside the local calling area, you will include the country code to make the call.

You should do these steps if you want to use another phone to access your voicemail messages.

  1. Call your voicemail number.
  2. Allow the prerecorded “Please leave a message” to play.
  3. Click the pound (#) key on your phone dial.
  4. Input your voicemail pin, which you should only know. Your voicemail pin gives only you access to control messages on your voicemail inbox.
More Options

Some phone dial apps can help you transcribe your voicemail messages while playing. They will display them in text format. An example is My Visual Voicemail and Vox.


Instead of returning a missed call with a voicemail, we can listen to real-time recorded calls and respond to the caller when convenient. This function makes voicemail suitable for business and other informal purposes where a missed call could lead to a missed opportunity.

Follow the steps in this article to learn how to set up your voicemail and improve your productivity. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Is my voicemail number the same as my phone number?

No, a voicemail number is not the same as your phone number. A voicemail number stores recorded messages on another server. A phone number is for receiving calls and has a separate call log server different from a voicemail.

Does voicemail show phone numbers?

Yes, you can view the number of the caller on voicemail. To view it, press “5” on your dial keypad while hearing the voicemail call.

Can I use another phone to check my voicemail?

Yes, you can access your voicemail messages with any smartphone. It is an advantage for a voicemail user that has lost their phone.

There is no additional cost of listening to your voicemail messages from devices that are not your own. The price has all been included in your voicemail subscription.

Why can’t I set up or receive voicemail messages?

The main reason you can’t set up voicemail is that the feature is unavailable on your phone.

Most Android phones with operating systems 5.0 and below are not capable of voicemail messages. Instead, they may get gibberish voicemail message transcriptions.

If your phone is capable of voicemail, and you can’t receive voicemail messages, it may be that you haven’t set up your voicemail. You should follow the steps given previously to set up your voicemail.

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