OTT Explains: Do AirPods Work with Android?

Do AirPods work with Android devices? The answer is yes, AirPods use Bluetooth technology to connect, but you’ll need to install a suitable control app to gain full functionality. That includes checking the current battery levels for both your AirPods and charging case, as well as being able to control your music or calls using them.

There are several apps available for you to control your AirPods on Android devices. We’ll walk you through how to pair your AirPods with Android, as well as explain how to control and use certain apps like AirBattery. Here’s everything you need to know about making AirPods work with Android.

AirPods & Android: An Unhappy Mix

Once you buy one Apple product, it’s very easy to be drawn into the Apple ecosystem with others. Apple products rarely play well with non-Apple devices, and as the main competitor in the mobile market, Android devices are no different. AirPods work perfectly with an iPhone or Mac, but you’ll need a little extra for Android.

That’s not to say that some functionality won’t work out-of-the-box, but many of the must-have AirPod features like ear detection to pause your music automatically won’t work without a third-party app installed. Thankfully, Android app developers have stepped up, and there are several AirPod control apps available.

We’ve already mentioned one—AirBattery, which has over a million downloads in the Google Play Store. Others are available, however, including AirDroid and PodAir. Each of these apps attempts to offer the same functionality for AirPods that you’ll see on iOS and macOS devices, but your own experiences may vary.

If one app doesn’t work, try another. Your success in using them may depend on the app or your device, but they aren’t guaranteed to work. Unfortunately, even with these apps installed, you won’t have the same, seamless experience that you’d find using an iPhone, but it will be close.

Pairing AirPods With Android

Just as you might connect a PS4 controller to an Android device, AirPods should be able to connect to any Bluetooth-capable device. Almost all Android devices available come with Bluetooth connectivity, so assuming your Android device isn’t too old, pairing your AirPods with Android shouldn’t be a problem.

These steps may vary, of course, depending on your version of Android, and the type of device you have. These instructions should work fine with a modern version of Android (Android 10) and the process should be similar for other versions, too.

  • You’ll need to enable Bluetooth on your Android device before you can pair it. You can do this by swiping down to access your notification drawer and pressing the Bluetooth tile, or by pressing the Bluetooth slider in your Android settings menu. This may be listed in another sub-menu like Connections on Samsung devices.
  • With Bluetooth enabled, you can begin scanning for your AirPods. With your AirPods in the charging case and the case lid open, press and hold the setup button at the back of the case. Once your AirPods are in pairing mode, the LED light at the top of the case will begin to flash white. 
  • While the LED flashes, enter the Bluetooth settings menu and check your list of Available Devices. If you don’t see the AirPods listed, press Scan. Press on the device listing for your AirPods in the list to begin the pairing process, pressing OK to confirm. Once the pairing process completes, your AirPods should move to the Paired Devices section.

Once paired, the AirPods should work for basic calls and audio playback. Many of the additional features aren’t supported by Android, which is why you’ll need to install an AirPod control app.

Installing An AirPod Control App

An app to control your AirPods will allow you to skip tracks by tapping your AirPods, automatically pause your AirPods when you remove one of them from your ear, as well as check the battery levels for your AirPods and charging case.

We recommend AirBattery or AirDroid (not to be confused with the popular file transfer app), but many similar apps are available in the Google Play Store. These instructions will explore how to install and use AirBattery on Android, but the steps should be similar for other apps.

  • Start by installing AirBattery from the Google Play Store. When you first open the app, you’ll need to grant the app certain permissions to control your device. Press Grant Permission and follow the on-screen instructions for your version of Android to allow the app access to each setting.
  • Select your AirPods device from the list. AirBattery, for instance, supports various AirPods clones alongside the official Apple versions. Once your device is selected, press OK to proceed.
  • Once you select your device from the list, AirBattery will be configured. You can view your AirPods status by swiping down the notifications drawer. Pressing on the AirBattery notification or opening the AirBattery app directly will show the current battery levels, as well as allow you to access other AirBattery settings. Press the spanner icon to access AirBattery settings.
  • You’ll need to enable AirPod Ear Detection for your AirPods to automatically pause any playing video or music when you remove one or both from your ears. Press the slider next to that option under the Behavior section in the AirBattery settings menu.
  • Enabling AirPod Ear Detection in AirBattery disables the up-to-date notifications bar. If you’d prefer to keep this enabled, disable AirPod Ear Detection by pressing the slider next to it, then press Show notification under the Notification section.

Once AirBattery (or another AirPod control app) is installed and configured, you should have near-to-full functionality enabled on your Android device. You won’t be able to configure your AirPods to activate Siri, for instance, but you should be able to use other AirPods features like ear detection and track skipping.

Using AirPods Productively

Asking “do AirPods work with Android?” isn’t the right question to ask. As we’ve shown here, AirPods can and do work well with Android devices, but you’ll need a third-party app to gain full functionality.  It’s a little easier to use AirPods on Windows, but you’ll find the best experience is to be found on iOS and macOS. 

You can also change the function of your AirPods to use them in other ways, especially on an iPhone or Mac. What devices do you use your AirPods with? Let us know in the comments below.

How To Use ClockworkMod Recovery On Android

If you’re planning to install any kind of custom ROMs or custom kernels on your Android device, you’re going to need a custom recovery to do it. A custom recovery like ClockworkMod recovery can help you flash various custom files on your device.

The recovery first needs to be flashed on your device before you can use it. There are certain steps you need to follow to replace the stock recovery on your device with a custom one. This guide tells you how to install and use the ClockworkMod custom recovery on your Android device.

What Is ClockworkMod Recovery?

ClockworkMod Recovery is one of the first few recoveries made for Android devices. It’s a custom recovery that when installed, replaces the stock recovery and provides you with more features than what the stock one did.

The recovery is available for a number of Android based devices.

It’s been developed by Koush who also happens to be the developer of some of the popular apps for Android devices.

How To Flash ClockworkMod Recovery On Android?

There are actually multiple ways to flash the ClockworkMod recovery on your Android phone or tablet. Depending on how you’ve rooted your device or how you’re going to do it, you can use an appropriate method to install the recovery on your phone.

You can flash the recovery either using an app or using the Fastboot utility.

Use ROM Manager To Install The Recovery

The easiest way to install ClockworkMod recovery on your device is to use the developer’s very own ROM Manager app. The main purpose of the app is to help you easily install the recovery on your device and it does it very well.

You can grab the app off of the Play Store and use it to replace your stock recovery with CWM.

  • Open the Google Play Store on your Android device, search for ROM Manager, and install it.
  • Launch the app and tap on Flash ClockworkMod Recovery on the main interface.
  • You’ll be asked to choose your phone model from the list. Do so and then tap on Flash ClockworkMod Recovery to begin installing the recovery on your device.
  • The app will let you know when the recovery is installed.

Use Fastboot To Flash The Recovery

Unlike TWRP recovery, ClockworkMod recovery is usually only flashed using the ROM Manager app. The second common installation method is to use Odin for Samsung devices.

However, if your phone supports Fastboot (which most phones do), you can use it to flash the CWM into the recovery slot on your phone. This can be done by issuing a few commands using the Fastboot utility.

  • Enable the USB debugging option on your device from Settings > Developer options.
  • Download Fastboot and extract its contents to a folder on your computer.
  • Head over to XDA Forums, find the forum for your specific phone model, look for the available ClockworkMod recovery for your device, and download the IMG version to the Fastboot folder on your computer.
  • Plug-in your phone to your computer using a compatible cable.
  • Open the Fastboot folder, hold down Shift, right-click on any blank space, and select Open command window here.
  • Enter in the following command to reboot into the fastboot mode.

    adb reboot bootloader

  • Type in the following command to flash the recovery on your phone. Make sure to replace cwm.img with the actual name of the recovery you’ve downloaded.

    fastboot flash recovery cwm.img

  • When the recovery is flashed, run the following command to reboot your device.

    fastboot reboot

How To Reboot Into The ClockworkMod Recovery Mode?

To reboot into the newly installed ClockworkMod recovery mode, you can either use the ROM Manager app or use the ADB utility to get into the recovery.

Use ROM Manager To Quickly Reboot Into The Recovery

Using the ROM Manager app to reboot into the CWM recovery mode is easier and faster than any other methods.

  • Launch the ROM Manager app on your device.
  • Tap on the Reboot into Recovery option to reboot into the ClockworkMod recovery mode on your phone.
  • The app will close and recovery will boot-up.

Use ADB To Reboot Into The ClockworkMod Recovery Mode

ADB is a relatively complex method to enter the ClockworkMod recovery mode but the steps remain the same no matter what Android device you have.

  • Open the Fastboot folder, hold down Shift, right-click anywhere blank, and choose Open command window here.
  • Run the following command and you’ll be in CWM recovery mode.

    adb reboot recovery

How To Use ClockworkMod Recovery?

Once you enter the recovery mode on your device, you’ll be presented with several options to choose from. You can play around with any options you like and each of these has its own capabilities.

Reboot system now

You’ll want to use this option when you’ve finished your tasks in the recovery mode and you want to reboot your device into the normal mode. This option will do it for you.

Install zip from SD card

This should let you install custom kernels, custom ROMs, and various other custom development files on your device. Anything that requires installation from recovery can be installed using this option.

Wipe data/factory reset

If the default factory reset options don’t work for you on your device, you can use this option to directly wipe off all the data and factory reset your phone from the recovery mode.

Wipe cache partition

As the name suggests, it lets you erase the cache files on your device.

Backup and restore

The backup option lets you create a comprehensive backup of your Android phone or tablet. You’ll want to do it before you install a custom ROM.

The restore option lets you restore your ClockworkMod recovery mode backup, and it’s usually used when a flashing procedure didn’t go as planned and you need to revert back to the working conditions.

Buying Your Child’s First Smartphone? Here Are the Best Mobile Parental Controls

As your child gets older, he or she will probably ask for a smartphone either for their birthday or as a Christmas present.

For children, as with adults, these devices come with some risks that you can’t avoid unless you have some controls in place.

If you’re looking to buy your child’s first smartphone and are wondering which apps for children to pick, this guide will take you through all of the mobile parental controls you need to know.

Challenges of Buying A Smartphone for Your Child

Smartphones are fun and portable, but they also come with several risks. Left to their own devices, kids may spend hours surfing the internet, watching YouTube videos, and playing games, among other things.

Besides the potential exposure to adult content and other inappropriate sites, kids are more likely to break or even lose the smartphone.

This is why you need to take steps to supervise your child’s access to the internet, decide which calls and text messages can be sent, and limit the time spent on social networking apps.

Follow along to find out what mobile parental controls help you reduce such risks, keep your child safe and give yourself peace of mind as your child uses the smartphone.

What You Should Put On Your Child’s Smartphone

Before you hand over the smartphone to your child,  it’s important to understand how he or she will use it, and the benefits it will bring to your family. The main purpose is to stay in touch with you when they’re away from home, or when you aren’t home and would like to know how they’re doing.

However, smartphones come with more benefits such as taking photos and videos, researching homework, keeping up with their friends on social networks, playing games or accessing their favorite programs.

Talk about these things with your child so they can understand the benefits and dangers of using a smartphone. You can also agree with your child how he or she will use the phone responsibly in terms of interactions and the kind of content to consume.

One of the best ways to shape such a conversation is by signing a family agreement with your child so they know their limits when it comes to smartphone usage.

Once that is done, take the steps below to set up your child’s smartphone with the right mobile parental controls before handing it over to him or her.

1. Set up the Phone and Put on a Passcode

Whether you picked an Android smartphone or iPhone, you need to set it up before giving it to your child.  For Android phones, set up a Google account whose password only you (the parent) knows, and enable two-factor authentication linking it to your own smartphone, not your child’s.

You can still create a Google account for your child using Family Link, though this is only limited to users in the United States. This Google account will help when you need to sync contacts, photos and other data, or when you want to use the Google Play Store.

You don’t have to enable the Gmail account on the smartphone if your child won’t be using email, so you can go to Settings > Google account settings and uncheck Sync Gmail box.

If you’d like to set up a Google account for the family, you need to have an Android device as well. This account comes in handy when family members want to share paid purchases across devices, or if you’ve allowed your child to pay for purchases from his own phone using your payment details.

To create a family Google account, go to Google Play and open Menu Settings > Account.

Tap Family and then tap Manage family members if you had already set this up. If not, sign up to set up the Family account.

From here, you can invite your family members by typing their Gmail addresses. Once they accept from their own phones, you can go to your child’s profile and select Only Paid Content, All Content, Only in-app purchases, or No approval required mode.

Anything that requires approval before installation or purchase will require you to enter your password on your own device or on your child’s phone.

For iPhones, you’ll start by creating an Apple ID for your child, instead of letting them use yours. Plus, your child can use it in future when older and can manage the phone without your assistance. This is required during setup and to allow downloads from the App Store or iTunes Store. It’s also used for Find My iPhone, FaceTime, iMessage and other features.

Next, use the child’s Apple ID to setup his or her iPhone. If you’re setting it up on a shared family computer, make sure you sync data that’s specific to your child, so that the phone only has information meant for your child only, not for others.

Setting a passcode helps protect your child’s smartphone from prying eyes, and in case it’s lost or stolen, so strangers won’t gain access to your family information.

Use a passcode or lock pattern that you and your child can remember, or, if available, use FaceID (child’s face) or Touch ID (your finger and child’s finger) for an extra layer of security.

Remember to explain to your child why they shouldn’t disclose the pattern, PIN or passcode to anyone else.

2. Set up a Family Account

Family accounts help each member of the family to access each other’s app purchases without paying for them all over again. This feature is mostly found on iPhones and allows family members to access iTunes, Apple Books and App Store purchases and to download stuff for free.

It’s also a great way of saving money and ensuring everyone in the family has similar apps and content. You can hide mature purchases though, so your child doesn’t access it.

If you want to listen to music, you can get a family subscription to Apple Music for example, and stream millions of songs from the iTunes Store. Alternatively, you can save them to your iPhone to listen while offline. Plus, your kids will also have lots of music to choose from since you can share it with up to six people.

3. Add Location and Tracking

Location and tracking helps when your child’s phone gets lost or stolen so you don’t have to replace it. If it’s an iPhone, set up Find My iPhone, which uses the built-in GPS to track and find the phone. It can also lock the device via the internet or wipe all of its data so thieves don’t get access to it.

For Android smartphones, there are several apps on Google Play Store that you can pick from such as the free Find My Device by Google, or simply turn on Location in the phone’s Settings.

You can also install a child tracking app to monitor your child’s location when they’re away from home.

4. Put Mobile Parental Controls in Place

Mobile parental controls should be set up on your child’s phone to ensure they don’t access inappropriate content, or spend too much time on the phone than they should.

Some of the controls you can enable include:

  • Check if your mobile carrier offers special plans and options for children when buying a SIM card for your child.
  • Disable mobile data use from your service provider’s self-service options and your child’s phone settings. Instead, join it to your home WiFi network so you can monitor usage.
  • A safe, child-friendly browser that’ll restrict access to inappropriate content.
  • Block websites that display or contain inappropriate content.
  • App restrictions for camera, book and video stores, music and video calling. You can also filter media such as films, TV shows, music and podcasts to leave only what your child is allowed to watch or listen to.
  • Limit in-app purchases as children can rack up a huge bill if they unintentionally purchase extra add-ons or in-app purchases in games and other apps.
  • Limit screen time on your child’s smartphone. If it’s an iPhone, use the Screen Time feature to set limits of the length of time your child can use his or her phone every day, or even limit who they can call, text or FaceTime. For Android phones, use the free Google Family Link app to set time limits on daily phone use, schedule to disable the phone, and block phone access with a single touch.

5. Install Appropriate, Kid-Friendly Apps

Children love to play games, and watch videos such as cartoons and movies on their smartphones. With this in mind, you can find apps for fun and apps for safety to install on your child’s phone.

Google Play Store and Apple’s App Store are both filled with terrific programs and great games, plus educational apps your child can enjoy while learning new things. There are also homework apps, free texting apps, and more for children of all ages.

Some of these apps are available for free while others require upfront and service fees, but generally, your child’s smartphone will already have a few games installed, plus access to popular social networks like Facebook and Twitter.

If you want to filter the kind of apps your child can download, you can use Google Play’s parental controls (Settings > Parental Controls). For an iPhone, go to Settings > Screen Time > Content & Privacy Restrictions.

Tap iTunes & App Store Purchases > Don’t Allow.

6. Get a Screen Protector and Protective Case

A screen protector and protective case are necessary to have on your child’s smartphone because kids are prone to dropping things or treating them roughly. If you want to prevent broken phones, get a good protective case that prevents any damage when the phone is dropped. Screen protectors in this case prevent the screen from getting cracks or scratches and other damage that would render the phone unusable.

If you can, get an AppleCare Extended Warranty for your child’s iPhone, or get phone insurance if you prefer, though that won’t be necessary if you have a good phone case and screen protector.

Best Smartphones for A First Time Child User

You can get your child an Android smartphone or iPhone, depending on your preferences or if he or she is older, you can ask them which one they prefer to use.

When you do step up to buying one, don’t overspend on it because kids can lose, drop, break, or soak the phone in water. There are several affordable smartphone options you can get for your child, but we’ll mention just four to get you started:

iPhone SE

This phone offers fast speeds that kids will love when playing games or opening apps. Plus, it has deep mobile parental controls that you can use to limit your child’s usage of the device such as downtime to remotely schedule hours in which the child can’t use the iPhone. App limits are included to set the time your child can use any app, plus activity reports to monitor their usage. You can also prevent app purchases and downloads.

Honor 7X

This budget-priced smartphone has a beautiful display and good resolution, plus it’s a good size for your child (especially teens) to watch movies, videos and play games. Its speeds are good, battery lasts all day, and there’s an 8MP front camera for selfies, plus dual 12MP and 5MP cameras at the back for taking good photos.

Moto E5 Play

This is a low-cost smartphone that’s easy to track, widely available, and can handle the basic apps your child needs.

CAT S41

If you’re not comfortable buying your child a phone that you feel will be broken within days of giving it to him or her, get the CAT S41. It’s a rugged phone designed to survive drops and bumps up to six feet.

Plus, it’s dust, dirt, and scratch-resistant, and has an IP68 rating for water-resistance. Its 5000mAh battery can last for days, so you have peace of mind knowing they won’t have to keep charging their phones every so often.

How To Download Torrents On a Smartphone or Tablet

If you’re looking to download large files, there’s no better way to do it than downloading torrents. The process is decentralized, meaning there’s no server hosting the files, just tens or hundreds of different users sharing little bits at a time. You can use torrents to stream movie files or to download a new Linux distribution, to name but a few uses.

For most people, torrenting means using a PC or laptop to locate and download torrent files, but you don’t need to use a PC for torrents. You can use a portable device like a smartphone or tablet to download torrent files directly to your device, without needing any other equipment. Here’s how to do it.

Download Torrents on iOS Devices

Downloading torrents on Apple devices like an iPhone and iPad might be a nice idea, but unfortunately, that’s as far as it goes. Apple doesn’t allow apps that support BitTorrent on the App Store, and that’s a policy that is unlikely to change in the future.

To get around this, you would probably need to use a seedbox to download your Torrent files remotely. From there, you would have to download your files from the remote server to your iOS device.

If your iOS device has been jailbroken, you might be able to sideload BitTorrent apps directly, but this isn’t a process that we would necessarily recommend, given the risks.

Installing a BitTorrent Client on Android

For Android smartphone and tablet owners, it’s a different story. It is entirely possible to locate and install BitTorrent clients from the Google Play Store, or to sideload an APK file from your PC, allowing you to download torrents on Android devices.

You’ll need to install a BitTorrent client app on your Android device first. There are plenty to choose from, including several from BitTorrent Inc, the company behind the BitTorrent protocol itself.

One simple Android BitTorrent client available for you to use is Flud. Unlike some of the other BitTorrent apps, this client is free to use with no limitations. It’s ad supported, although an ad-free Flud is available for a small cost.

  • To start, download and install the Flud client on your Android device from the Google Play Store. Flud will ask you for permission to use your device storage when you first open it, so allow this by pressing the Give Permission button.
  • Flud will ask you for permission to use your usage data for statistics and for permission to use this information to offer tailored ads. If you’re fine with this, press Accept and Continue. If you’re not, press each of the checkboxes to revoke permission before pressing Accept and Continue.
  • You’ll be asked whether you want to limit Flud torrent downloads and upload to WiFi connections, rather than using your mobile data connection. By default, the checkbox to restrict to WiFi-only is enabled, so unless you want to change this, press the OK button. If you want to use your mobile data, press to uncheck the Torrents will download and upload if WiFi is connected checkbox, then press OK to confirm.

Confirming your WiFi settings will bring you to the main Flud interface. The Flud app is simple to navigate, with torrents listed in categories, including All (for all torrents), Queued (for torrents that are in a queue to begin downloading or uploading), and Finished (for torrents that have finished downloading).

If you need to change the WiFi-only setting you selected, press the menu icon in the top-right of the Flud app. From there, press Settings > Power management, then press to uncheck the WiFi only checkbox.

Download Torrents on Android Using Flud

Flud supports you download torrents using a torrent file, either as a local file or from an HTTP link, or as a magnet link which hides the origins of the file. You’ll need to use one of these methods to begin any torrent downloads.

  • To begin downloading torrents using a locally-saved torrent file, press the + button in the bottom-left of the Flud interface. Navigate your Android device’s storage using the on-screen menu, then tap on a local torrent file to add it to Flud.
  • If you want to add a torrent using a URL or magnet link instead, press the magnet icon in the top menu bar. If a suitable link is already in your clipboard, Flud should paste it in automatically, but you’ll need to add it manually if it doesn’t. Press OK to add the torrent to Flud at this point, or Cancel to cancel the download.
  • In the Add torrent menu, confirm where you want to save the file under the Storage Path section. You can view the files included in your torrent by pressing the Files tab. When you’re ready to add the torrent and begin downloading, press the + button in the top-right.

Once added, your BitTorrent download will begin automatically, appearing as a separate entry in the All tab. This gives you a quick overview of how the torrent is progressing, with a progress bar and current download and upload speeds.

Pausing, Changing and Deleting Torrents in Flud

Clicking on the entry for your torrent download in Flud brings up additional information about it. The listing offers information about how much of the download has been completed, as well as the number of seeders (users offering the file for download) and leechers (users who only download the file but don’t share it afterward).

It also lists the estimated completion time for your download, based on current download speeds. You can pause or delete your torrent download from this listing, as well as change the settings for it.

  • To pause your torrent, press the Play or Pause icon for the torrent entry on the main Flud screen. If you’re in the detailed listing, press the Play or Pause icon in the top menu instead.
  • If you want to delete the torrent, either during the download or after it has completed, press the menu icon in the top-right, then press Remove torrent.
  • Flud will ask you to confirm the deletion. If you want to delete the torrent files, press the Delete downloaded data too? checkbox. Press OK to confirm.
  • You can also make changes to your torrent download, including editing the loaded trackers, as well as the setting maximum download and upload speeds. To do this, press the menu icon in the top-right, then select Torrent settings. From here, select your chosen option to proceed.

Mobile Downloads using BitTorrent on Android

With a BitTorrent client app like Flud, you can take your mobile torrent downloads with you. While we only recommend using this for legal downloads, using a mobile torrent app could be a good move, especially if you want to download large files during the night without leaving your PC on.

iOS device owners are less lucky, but if you have Transmission installed on your PC or Mac, you could use the Transmission web interface on your mobile device to control your torrents remotely instead.

How To Set Up Voicemail On Your Smartphone & Access Messages

Voicemail is an audio or voice message that’s recorded when you’re busy with another call or when a phone call goes unanswered, for you to listen to later.

It’s different from the age old answering machines in that instead of storing the message on the device, it stores it in a mailbox on your service provider’s server, the same way an email message is stored.

If you’ve never used or activated voicemail on your Android or iPhone, we’re going to show you how to set up voicemail and access your messages.

How To Set Up Voicemail On Android

To do this, you’re going to need a voicemail number provided by your mobile carrier or service provider. Call them and find out about the service, whether there are any costs and other related details.

  • Select Settings.
  • Tap Voicemail.
  • Next, tap Voicemail settings, and then type the phone number you obtained from your mobile carrier or service provider.

Note: For this guide, we used a Samsung S8+ running Android 9, so the steps may vary depending on your Android version, and device.

How To Check Voicemail On Android

There are different ways you can check your voicemail to access your messages on an Android smartphone:

1.    Calling your mailbox or own number

2.    Using visual voicemail

3.    From a computer

Check Voicemail by Calling Your Mailbox or Own Number

Now that voicemail is set up on your smartphone, you can access any messages that have been left by calling your mailbox from the quick dial or calling your own number from your phone.

  • To do this, open the Phone app and tap the dial pad icon at the bottom.
  • Touch and hold down 1, and enter your voicemail password if prompted to.

Access Voicemail Messages using Visual Voicemail

Visual voicemail is a feature that lets you see your voicemail messages in a list like your email, without having to call a number first. This way, you can choose the ones you want to listen to immediately or later on, and which ones you want to move, share or delete.

It’s good for when you have lots of voicemail messages, but you can also use a visual voicemail app like YouMail, Google Voice or HulloMail to transcribe incoming messages.

  • The first step is to enable visual voicemail, and this depends on whether your carrier supports the feature or not. If it does, open Settings and go to Apps, and then tap Visual Voicemail
  • Tap Permissions.
  • Toggle the phone switch to on.

From here on, you can manage your voicemail via Visual voicemail.

Check Voicemail Messages from a Computer

You can use a third-party app to listen to your voicemail messages on a computer from your Android phone, if your carrier doesn’t support visual voicemail. One of the good ones that works for both Android and iOS is YouMail.

Sign up and install YouMail, open your browser and go to YouMail. Enter your login credentials and click Sign In. Go to the Recent Messages section to view your new voicemails.

To see more messages, select the Play icon next to the message you want to listen to. Alternatively, tap Inbox. You can also pick other options such as Forward, Save, Delete, Notes, Block or Relay from your Inbox by selecting the message you want.

Note: If you have any other device that supports the YouMail app, you can manage your voicemail from there too.

How To Set Up Voicemail On iPhone

  • For an iPhone, the voicemail service is already stored therein by your carrier, so you’ll start by creating a passcode. 
  • Next, go to the phone app and tap Voicemail at the lower right side of the screen.
  • Tap Set Up Now and then enter a four to six digit passcode.
  • Tap Done and enter the passcode again, and then tap Done.

You’ve set up voicemail, so you no longer need to use your passcode unless an issue arises.

How To Listen To Your Voicemail Messages On iPhone

With voicemail all set up, you can now access and listen to your messages. In the Phone app next to the Voicemail tab, you’ll see a badge with a number, which represents the unheard messages you have.

  • To listen to your messages, open Phone app  and tap Voicemail at the lower right side of the screen. 
  • Tap a message that you want to listen to and you’ll see the playback options screen.
  • Next, tap Speaker to play the voicemail message via your phone’s speaker. You can also tap Audio to listen from your phone or via a Bluetooth speaker.
  • Press Play. If you want to pause the message, press Pause, and to forward it, drag the slider to the right, or drag to the left to rewind the message.
  • You can also mark the voicemail message as heard, if you don’t want to listen to it or you already know what it’s about. To do this, open Phone>Voicemail and then tap Edit at the top right side of the screen.
  • Tap the unheard message and then tap Mark as Read at the lower left side of the screen.
  • To save or share your voicemail messages on your iPhone, open the Phone app and tap Voicemail
  • Tap the message and then tap the Share icon (square with an arrow).
  • Tap the tool you’d like to use to share your voicemail message or save, and it’ll be shared or saved as an m4a file.

Record a Custom Greeting For Voicemail

If you want your callers to receive a default greeting whenever they reach your voicemail message, you can do so by leaving a custom greeting of your choice.

  • To do this, open Phone > Voicemail and tap Greeting.
  • Tap Custom.
  • Next, tap Record to start recording the custom greeting, and then tap Play to play it back and check whether it’s what you want your callers to hear. 
  • When you’re done, tap Save.

Using Visual Voicemail on iPhone

The visual voicemail feature is also available with your iPhone so you can see all your messages without dialing a number first. On your iPhone, you’ll see a list of your messages that you can listen to in a particular order, or even preview the messages and transcriptions of their contents.

Note: Check if your wireless carrier supports Visual Voicemail before using it on your iPhone.

  • To use Visual Voicemail on your iPhone, open Phone>Voicemail and browse the messages. 
  • Tap any message to read its transcription and then tap Play to listen to it.
  • To output the audio, tap Speaker, and then tap Call Back if you want to return the call, or Share to share it with others by forwarding it in a text message, email, or saving it to the cloud or in the Voice Memos app.
  • When you’re done listening and don’t need the file anymore, you can tap Delete to remove it.

Note: If you deleted a voicemail message by mistake and want it back, tap Phone > Voicemail and go to Deleted Messages to see the voicemails you removed, and whether they’re still on your iPhone.

  • Tap Undelete under the voicemail message, and then tap Voicemail menu at the upper left side to go back to the visual voicemail screen. You’ll find the undeleted message on the list.

Note: If you sync your iPhone with your computer, you won’t be able to undelete the voicemail message. Therefore, if you don’t find it in the Deleted Messages list, it’s probably not there anymore.