How to forward a voicemail

Here’s how to forward a voicemail from your iPhone so someone else can hear it. Bonus: use this method to save an important voicemail forever.

Ever get a voicemail that you want someone else to hear? Something silly, or something crazy, or something better handled by someone else? A voicemail on an iPhone can be forwarded as a text message or as an email attachment in just a couple of taps. Here’s how you do it.

1. Go to the voicemail you want to forward, and tap it so it looks like this:

Representative voicemail, ready to be forwarded
Representative voicemail, ready to be forwarded

2. Tap the Share button

Tap the Share button to bring up a bunch of choices
Tap the Share button to bring up a bunch of choices

3. Choose a method for sharing

You can use Messages, you can use Mail, you can even use AirDrop.

Messages and Mail image

You can share the voicemail via Messages or Mail.
On the left: sharing the voicemail in Messages. On the right: sharing the voicemail via Mail.

When the recipient receives your message he’ll be able to tap it and play it. Simple as that. (Test by sending one of your voicemails to yourself, via Mail.)

On a Mac, in Mail, the voicemail will look like this:

A voicemail, received in Mac Mail.

Bonus Tip: if you have a voicemail you want to save forever, forward it to yourself via email so you’ll always have it. When you get the email you can save the attachment to your desktop or anywhere else you wish.

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Author: Christian Boyce

Christian Boyce is a Mac and iPhone expert specializing in teaching people how to use Apple devices better, to get more done with them, and to have more fun doing it. He bought his first Mac (a Mac Plus) in 1986 and his first iPhone in 2007. He's written books and magazine articles, and given seminars at Macworld Expo, MacFair/LA, and the California Computer Expo. Over 30 years in the business.

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