If you are not receiving new voicemail messages already, you may be wondering about ways on how to delete Verizon voicemail.
This may be a big deal for you, especially if you are expecting people to send you a voicemail about some important matter.
No worries, as deleting voicemail on your Verizon phone is easy and is in fact a quick process.
Not only that, there are also several possible ways on how you can do it.
How To Delete Verizon Voicemail?
It is easy to delete voicemail files. If you own an iPhone, though, the process may be a little different.
Still, it is nothing that can be too complicated even for those that are not too tech-savvy.
But before that, you need to be reminded of the basics of how your Verizon voicemail works.
Here are some important information you may find useful as a reminder.
What You Need To Know About Verizon Basic Voicemail
Before clearing your voicemail, you can check if it is indeed full already.
Do you still remember the capacity of your mailbox?
For Verizon basic voicemail, you can receive and store up to 20 messages.
Based on your settings, you can either stop receiving new voicemails once your mailbox is full, or new ones may overwrite the oldest one in your mailbox.
Do you know how secure your voicemail is?
Your mailbox is password protected, so only you (or someone who knows your password) can access it, listen to it, and manage it.
Other than that way, the information about your messages is encrypted and cannot be accessed by any other way.
Now, here are the methods on how you can delete your voicemail messages on your Verizon phone.
Apple iPhone – How To Erase A Voicemail Message
Working on an iPhone is a little different if you have an Android device.
Here is how you do it.
#1. Go To Your Phone App
This is the app that you use to dial numbers and view call history and is usually denoted with a telephone icon.
Open the app and tap the Voicemail option (usually with a recording tape icon).
#2. Delete What You Don’t Need
From your list of messages, select the ones you want to delete by tapping on them and pressing the “Delete” option.
This won’t be fully deleted from your phone though.
From there, proceed to Deleted Messages. Then select the Clear All option.
Confirm your action and all voicemail messages should be deleted and your inbox would be cleared.
Be careful with this step, though, as once you delete the voicemail files from the Deleted Messages area, it will be permanently deleted and cannot be restored anymore.
How To Erase Basic Voicemail For Android Phones
The process of how to delete voicemail on Verizon is easier on Android.
Simply start by dialing *86 on your Phone app and press Call (the green phone icon).
Follow the voice prompt to access your voicemail inbox.
You may need to provide your PIN so make sure you either have that memorized or have it ready with you.
Then navigate through the options by pressing 7 to delete voicemail files.
How To Disable Voicemail For Verizon Phones
Perhaps you not only want your mailbox cleared, but you want to take a temporary break from receiving voicemails?
That is also possible. All it takes is one call to the company’s customer support line.
Here is how you can do it.
#1. Call Customer Service
Using your Phone app, dial 1-800-922-0204 and proceed to call by pressing the green phone icon.
#2. Navigate Through The Menu
Simply follow the prompts and menu options from the start of the call until you are given the option to talk to a representative.
Once connected to a live person, that would be the time to make your request.
#3. Ask The Representative
Make the request to the representative if they can help you disable your voicemail.
For verification, you might be asked to provide your voicemail password.
Give it to the representative and your request should be fulfilled in no time.
Do You Want A New Way To Use Voicemail?
One type of voicemail that has been used in the past several years already, but continues to get improved, is visual voicemail.
Unlike basic voicemail where you can only listen to messages in order and without any option for control, visual voicemail is more interactive in nature.
Another type of newer voicemail is where it automatically gets transcribed for you and sent either as an email or as a text message.
This is, of course, complete with details such as the number of the caller and the time the voicemail was left on your number.
What Makes Visual Voicemail Better
Not only it makes your voicemail messages more manageable, it gives you more chances to respond and get back to the sender, if need be.
For example, with traditional voicemail, you can only know that someone sent you a message when you went and checked your mailbox.
On the other hand, with visual voicemail and other options, you can get a message or an email as soon as someone leaves you a voicemail.
Are There Third-Party Visual Voicemails Providers?
There are also third-party apps that can offer visual voicemail services and functions.
Most of these apps work with most carriers, so there is nothing to worry about.
Some popular apps include Google Voice, YouMail, InstaVoice, and many others.
By now, you already know how to delete Verizon voicemail.
You should also have an idea of how else you can utilize voicemail–through the use of newer types such as visual voicemail or the ability to transcribe a voicemail as email or text message.
What’s important is you try and carefully look up if these “new” services would work for you, or if staying with traditional voicemail would be a better route to go with in your case.
Finn Wheatley holds a Master’s Degree in Computer Science from UCL, London. He helped small data science consultancy firms, helping large corporations to grow their data capabilities, deploy advanced machine learning-based analytics and troubleshoot tech-related issues.