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How to Disable Voicemail Without Contacting Your Carrier

Joel Lee 07-03-2016

Voicemail is so over. It’s just more convenient and practical to hang up and shoot a text message, or just call back at another time, isn’t it? We think so, too. The death of voicemail can’t come soon enough.


But if you want to actually stop allowing voicemails on your phone, you have to call up your mobile carrier and get them to disable voicemail on your account altogether. It’s unwieldy, especially if you decide to re-enable at some point (and you have to call them again).


Fortunately, there’s a new free app called No More Voicemail — available on both Android and iOS — which disables the feature without needing to contact your carrier. When it works, incoming phone calls will ring and ring and ring without ever going to voicemail.

It’s a little buggy at the moment, so some calls will simply be disconnected after a time, but that’s not actually too bad of a bug. As long as it prevents the prompting of voicemail, which it does, then it’s doing what it promises to do.

No More Voicemail is pretty easy to set up, too. Once registered, you’re given a number that you dial to disable voicemail. That’s it. If you want to re-enable it, No More Voicemail gives another number to dial.


It currently works on AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, US Cellular, and Verizon.

Do you still use voicemail or have you moved on? Is this a tool you think you might use? Let us know your thoughts down below!

Image Credits: Incoming Call by Georgejmclittle via Shutterstock

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  1. Brian
    March 14, 2016 at 2:35 am

    That's wonderful until someone who doesn't text calls, like my grandmother calls. I also work in a place that doesn't allow mobile devices. The only way for me to contact my wife and kids is through voice. I'd be rather pissed if I couldn't leave them a message.

  2. Minigal
    March 8, 2016 at 7:38 am

    John's -- good response! I love GV in fact it's the only number I ever give out

  3. Mestengo G Hidalgo
    March 8, 2016 at 1:53 am

    Guess what I tell my staff when they indulge in hacks like this; You're Fired!

  4. Johng
    March 7, 2016 at 4:18 pm

    If you're going to user an app, why not have Google voice handle your voicemail? Block everyone and / or have your message say you don't accept voicemail and to text you? Or have GV handle your voicemail and it will transcribe the voicemail which is like getting a text.

    • Anonymous
      March 9, 2016 at 2:07 am

      Bravo! Been using GV for a very long time on my Android handsets, Not too long after getting my first one in 2009. Currently, GV cannot be used to *send* MMS, but other users can send MMS to your GV account and you'll be directed to check your email.

      It has been the only number that I give out for almost as long as I have used it, as well. The app is great, making calls is easy, as long as data is available, and the transcriptions are about 65% correct, making it even better than most carriers' visual voicemail services.