How To Set Up Voicemail For Major US Mobile Carriers

how to check voicemailI often get asked how to set up my wireless voicemail. I normally tell people to RTFM or look for a voicemail contact in your address book. But today I will show you how to set up your voicemail across 4 major mobile cellphone carriers in my neck of the woods.

If you have a new cellphone or you recently switched your carriers then this is the guide for you to set up your new voicemail. You can also find more MakeUseOf articles regarding voicemails using this link.

I am located in New York City so we will cover AT&T, Sprint, Nextel and Verizon.

If you have an iPhone on AT&T you will not be able to use these instructions and you should refer to this guide for setting up visual voicemail from AT&T.

If you are upgrading devices and keeping the same carrier, you are already set up and you do not need to do anything further. Your password will still be the same as well.

The first company we will cover is my carrier AT&T
how to set up voicemail

  1. Press and hold the 1 key or dial your 10 digit phone number. If you are calling from somewhere other than your mobile phone you will need to use the 10 digit phone number. On the first setup there is no password.
  2. Follow the voice prompts.
  3. You will be prompted to set up a password.
  4. You will be prompted to record your name.
  5. You will be prompted to record your greeting or use the system greeting.

By default if you call your voicemail from your mobile phone you do not need to enter your password. To me this is a big no-no and security issue. To undo this, follow these instructions:

  1. Press and hold the 1 key.
  2. Press 4 for Personal Options.
  3. Press 2 for Administrative Options.
  4. Press 1 for Password and follow instructions to turn on your password.

After setting up your AT&T voicemail you can hold the 1 key to check your voicemail or you can dial your 10 digit number and press the * key. You will then need to punch in your password.


how to set up voicemail

  1. To set up your voicemail, press *VM (*86)
  2. Next we will need to press the SEND button.
  3. Follow the voice prompts.
  4. Select a password.
  5. Record your voice signature.
  6. Record your voice greeting for your mailbox.

After setting up your Verizon voicemail you can check your voicemail by pressing *VM (*86). When you start to hear your recording, press the # key to allow you to punch in your password. Then you can enter your password and follow the prompts to hear your messages.


how to set up voicemailTo set up your voicemail:

  1. From standby mode, press and hold the 1 key.
  2. Follow the system prompts.
  3. Create your password.
  4. Record your name.
  5. Record your greeting.
  6. Choose whether or not to activate One-Touch Message Access. This allows you to get into your voicemail from your wireless phone without a password.


how to check voicemail

  1. Using your Nextel phone, dial your 10-digit Nextel phone number. Follow the voice prompts to create your new password.
  2. If you are calling from another phone or device, you will need to dial your 10-digit Nextel phone number. When you will hear a greeting, press the “*” key to access your voicemail account.
  3. When prompted, enter your password. (If you are a new user, enter the last seven digits of your phone number. This is your temporary password.)
  4. After entering your password, press “1” to continue the initialization process in Spanish. Otherwise, the process automatically continues in English.
  5. Follow the voice prompts to setup your mailbox.
  6. Create a new password.
  7. Record your name.
  8. Record your voice greeting.
  9. When the system says, “Enjoy using Nextel Voicemail,” your mailbox is set up.

To check your Nextel voicemail simply call your 10 digit Nextel phone number and hit the * key to let you punch in your password. After you punch in your password you can follow the prompts to check your messages.

Do you use another carrier? We would love to hear how you set up your voicemail in the comments.

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