How to save voicemails from your iPhone and share them in a variety of ways

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Your iPhone keeps all of your voicemails, but you can also save and share voicemails in many ways.

  • You can save voicemails from your iPhone and share them in a variety of ways, including through AirDrop, Mail, Messages, and more.
  • Voicemail files are saved in the M4A file format, which plays in almost any audio player.
  • The Phone app on your iPhone saves your voicemail messages indefinitely, so you can always find messages you haven't deleted in the Voicemail tab.
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As a general rule, iPhone voicemails last forever.

They won't expire, so you will find that voicemails you don't intentionally or accidentally delete remain in the Voicemail tab of the Phone app indefinitely. Advertisement

Here's how to save your iPhone voicemails.

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How to save voicemails from an iPhone

1. Open the Phone app and tap the Voicemail tab.

2. Tap the voicemail you want to save. It should pop open, revealing a transcription and playback controls.

3. Tap the Share button to the right of the caller's name or phone number. Advertisement

4. In the pop-up, choose how you want to save or share the voicemail. Your choices include but are not limited to:

  • AirDrop. If there is an AirDrop-compatible device like a Mac or another iOS device nearby, you can AirDrop it there. On the other device, the recipient should choose where to save the file, such as a Dropbox folder or as a file on the device.
  • Notes. This saves the audio file as an attachment to a note in the Notes app. You can write a message in the note when you save it.
  • Mail. If you choose this option, the voicemail file is added as an attachment to an email message, which you can send to any recipient.
  • Message. You can send the voicemail as an audio file in an iMessage or MMS.
  • Voice Memos. You can save the voicemail as an audio file in the Voice Memos app.

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The Share pop-up offers a variety of ways to save and share a voicemail message.

There may be other options, depending upon what apps you have installed on your iPhone, such as Dropbox, OneDrive, Google Drive, and even Slack. Advertisement

No matter where you save your voicemail, it uses the M4A file format, which is Apple's default audio format on the iPhone. All major audio players should recognize this file format and have no trouble playing it.

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All voicemails are saved in the M4A file format, which is very common and works in almost any audio player.

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