See what they're saying before you answer with Live Voicemail in iOS 17

Emre Çitak
Jul 5, 2023

Do you ever miss important calls because you didn't have time to listen to your voicemail? Do you ever get spam calls that you don't want to listen to?

If so, then you need Live Voicemail.

What is Live Voicemail in iOS 17?

Live Voicemail is a new feature in iOS 17 that allows you to see a live transcription of your calls as your caller records a voicemail message.

This means that you can see what the caller is saying in real-time, and you can even interrupt the recording and start a live conversation if you like what they're saying.

Live Voicemail in iOS 17
Live Voicemail is available on all iPhones that are compatible with iOS 17

How does Live Voicemail in iOS 17 work?

Live Voicemail uses Apple's powerful speech-to-text technology to transcribe your calls in real-time.

The transcription is displayed on your iPhone's screen, so you can easily read it without having to listen to the entire voicemail message.

How do you get Live Voicemail in iOS 17?

Live Voicemail is available on all iPhones that are compatible with iOS 17.

To get Live Voicemail, you'll need to update your iPhone to iOS 17 and then enable the feature in your settings.

How to activate Live Voicemail in iOS 17

To activate Live Voicemail in iOS 17, follow these steps:

  1. Open the Settings app on your iPhone
  2. Tap on Phone
  3. Tap on Live Voicemail
  4. Toggle the Live Voicemail switch to On
Live Voicemail in iOS 17
Live Voicemail in iOS 17 is powered by Apple's speech-to-text technology, so you can easily read the transcription of your voicemail messages without having to listen to them - Image: Apple

How can Live Voicemail help me?

Live Voicemail can help you in a number of ways, including:

Screening calls more effectively: You can now see what the caller is saying before you answer the phone, so you can decide whether or not to take the call.

Avoiding spam calls: You can now easily identify spam calls by reading the transcription of the voicemail message.

Getting back to important calls: If you miss a call, you can quickly read the transcription of the voicemail message to see what the caller said.

Starting a live conversation: If you're interested in what the caller is saying, you can interrupt the recording and start a live conversation.

If you're not using Live Voicemail, then you're missing out on a great way to improve your voicemail experience. So what are you waiting for? Enable Live Voicemail in iOS 17 today!


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  1. Laina Betts-Dunn said on September 1, 2023 at 6:36 pm

    Most people are finding it is related to the newest Pokémon Go! update. If you check control center, Pokémon Go! has accessed location just prior to the vibrations.

    1. Lillian said on September 4, 2023 at 9:17 am

      You are the best I didn’t even think about that being the problem even tho I said to my friend it’s vibrating randomly like Pokémon go does when new Pokémon pop up

  2. John said on September 3, 2023 at 6:33 pm

    It’s happening on beta release isn’t this to be expected? Any beta release is going to have bugs.

  3. Anonymous said on September 17, 2023 at 7:11 pm

    “You can browse the internet privately on your iPhone too”

    No, you can’t. See below.

    “This means that no one will be able to see what you’ve been browsing unless you tell them.”

    No-one you would allow to use your devices. It’s important to remind that online trackers still get almost as much as before in this mode, tracking you for the duration of the session at least. In fact a quick search on whether cookies (and local storage, indexedDB, and so on) are even cleared at exit or not in Apple’s private browsing gives contradictory answers (maybe this has to do with Apple’s habit of conveniently avoiding to get technical with users, even when that means more opportunities to fool them) and your article doesn’t say more, so it’s not even clear to me that there is any protection against online trackers.

    About the other Apple privacy tools you mention, I wouldn’t trust them. They killed the actual privacy tools like ublock origin on Safari that hide the IP address from trackers, to then provide their own fake replacement, like Google and their Mozilla pet company are slowly doing too with their own browsers. From the mouth of such companies, even “blocking cookies” may actually mean something weaker, like having an undisclosed tracker whitelist for bullshit reasons that ublock origin doesn’t seem to need (Mozilla does that for instance), not actually blocking them but just isolating them while still writing they’re blocked (Mozilla did that through inaccurate UI wording for third-party cookies), or keeping in place for years privacy bugs that they are aware of and that don’t remove storage when it’s supposed to be (Mozilla again, and they’re not worse than the others). And it’s only a few examples.

    Is there also need to remind that Safari like all the other big browsers is infested with Apple’s own spyware antifeatures (including for advertisers, unlike what they pretend in their ads) ?

  4. You're welcome said on September 18, 2023 at 6:27 pm

    Sneak PEEK.

  5. Seeprime said on September 20, 2023 at 12:29 am

    It has been weeks where the comments sections are littered with old unrelated comments. Maybe it’s time to say goodbye to ghacks.

  6. makapav said on September 25, 2023 at 7:54 pm

    This should have been an open standard that works across laptops, OSes, and phones. I doubt it will be though and we will just have to wait until the EU drops the hammer in 8-10 years ?

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