Fix iPhone Won’t Delete Voicemail [iOS 17.3.1]

in this post, I’ll teach you how to permanently delete voicemails on an iPhone that won’t delete. Voicemail is a carrier-side service, so it is not available for all and in all countries. In the United States, major carriers have given voicemail services to iPhone users. Some of the users shouting about an issue like can’t delete a voicemail message on an iPhone, Won’t Play an iPhone Voicemail or when tapping the Voicemail button, the iPhone calls voicemail instead of showing the visual voicemail list.

If you are encountering an issue as can’t delete a voicemail on iPhone running on iOS 15 & Earlier, Don’t worry. There are a number of other tricks that can resolve your issue very efficiently.

Please Note: if you change or insert a new SIM card, you might lose the visual voicemails saved on your iPhone.

How do I Get rid of voicemail on iPhone: Possible Guide to fix 

You should follow the explained workarounds carefully. Hope this guide will work well for you.

how to fix Can’t delete a Voicemail message on iPhone iOS 9

Solution #1: Voicemail comes back After Deleting it, so why can’t I delete voicemail on my iPhone

Some iPhone users reported issues with Voicemail isn’t deleting because it’s re-download from iCloud is it’s enabled. That means deleted voicemails keep reappearing, So I would like to recommend turning off all internet connectivity like WiFi or Mobile Data.

We can do this automatically by turning on Airplane mode. If Airplane mode doesn’t help us, Manually turn off WiFi, Cellular Data, and Bluetooth from the settings. As we got feedback from our readers, they say the Airplane mode trick worked when they encountered an issue like Why can’t I delete a voicemail on my iPhone?

Follow the Steps

1. Put your phone in Airplane Mode [Open Settings > Airplane Mode > Toggle on]

Open the control center turn ON airplance mode on iPhone
Open the settings toggle ON airplance mode on iPhone

2. Open the Phone App
3. Tap the Voicemail you want to delete

Open the phone app tap on voicemail on iPhone

4. See if the Voicemail actually deleted, Use the Below Ways to Delete Selected Voicemail or Completely Delete Voicemail on your iPhone.

Select on voicemail left side click on delect button on iPhone

Case 1: Delete Selected or Delete Multiple Voicemail from the iPhone phone app

Saved Voicemail on your iPhone takes a space to play it offline. We can manage or Free up by deleting the Voicemail.

1. Open the Phone app on the iPhone.
2. Tap on the Voicemail option from the bottom tab.

 Open the phone app tap on voicemail on iPhone

3. Next, See a list of all Voicemails4, Swipe to the right to find the delete option.
4. To Delete multiple Voicemail, Tap on the Edit at the top right corner of the screen. Select All Voicemails you want to delete. Finally, Tap on delete from the bottom right corner of the screen.

Click on edit button select all voicemail choose delete button on iPhone

Case 2: Clear All Deleted Voicemail Premenanetly from iPhone Phone App

For backup purposes, the iPhone allows you to restore after accidentally deleting. So, Completely delete Voicemail from iPhone, You must delete it under the Deleted Messages folder.

1. Open the Phone app on the iPhone.
2. Next, Tap on Voicemail.

Open the phone app tap on voicemail on iPhone

3. The last Folder is Deleted Messages. Tap on it.

Click on deleted messages tap voicemail choose clear on iPhone

4. Here are all the Deleted messages that we can delete one by one by swiping left on the message. or Select the Clear All option from the top right corner of the screen to Clear All deleted Voicemails at once. Now your Voicemail is permanently deleted from the iPhone phone app.

Select on clear all tap on clear all on iPhone

Case 3: Delete Voicemail Without Visual Voice Mail on iPhone

We can delete visual Voicemail from the iPhone using the Phone keypad. The first steps are to delete one Visual Voicemail and the next steps are to delete All Visual Voicemail.

  1. Open the Phone app on the iPhone.
  2. Click on the Dial pad from the bottom tab.
  3. Now, Dial 123 and call this number. Once you Hear the last voicemail, Delete it by pressing three from a keypad. To delete multiple Visual Voicemails from your iPhone, Type 3 number of Visual Voicemails you want to delete. If You wish to delete 15 Voicemails, then type 3 15 Times.

Solution #2. Restart your iPhone

Something is stuck that unable to delete Voicemail Messages from iPhone. So I recommend trying Hard Reboot your iPhone. Identify which method you should follow to hard reboot your iPhone. No Home button iPhone and Home button iPhone users, after reboot your iPhone, Try to delete Voicemails using the above steps,

No Home Button iPhone [iPhone X or later]

  • Quickly press and release the Volume Up button.
  • Now, Quickly press and release the volume down button.
  • Now, Press and Hold the Side-Power button until your iPhone shows the Apple logo on the screen.Force Restart iPhone XS max, iPhone XS, iPhone XR when Face id disabled

Home Button iPhone [iPhone 6 or later]

  • Press and Hold side power button and home button iPhone, until your iPhone shows the Apple logo after the black screen.

Just press and hold the sleep/wake button until the red slider appears. Drag the slider to the left side to turn off completely your iPhone. Then turn on your iPhone again by Pressing and Holding the sleep/wake button on the iPhone. If you get the same issue, then keep continues below troubleshooting.

For that user who has an issue related to iPhone power button such as Power button stuck/ Power button won’t press or broken in that case try my this guide How to Restart iPhone without Power button iOS

sleep-wake button until the red slider to restart iPhone

Here’s How to force reboot iPhone X and iPhone 8 Plus

Solution #3. Carrier Settings Update

You can know here how to update carrier settings on iPhone.

Solution #4. Make Sure Your iPhone Have The Latest iOS

You can check out your iPhone software update at

1. Open the Settings App looks like a Gear icon.
2. Tap General Tab for settings app.

Launch the settings app tap on general on iPhone

3. Tap on Software Update appears underneath About Tab.
4. Make sure your phone is connected to a strong Wi-Fi network. Otherwise, you may get an error unable to check for updates.

Click Software Update Tap on Update Now On iPhone

If the software is up to date, then go with the next solution.

Solution #5. Check Voice Mail Setup

Please make sure that the Voicemail setup is done. You can verify it by dialing your phone number from your iPhone.

Solution#6.  Cellular Signal Strength Right

Sometimes you may be unable to delete a voicemail message on iOS, might due to a weak cellular data connection. So make an outgoing call and check out the Mobile network connection is good.

If above all questions are okay, however, you are facing the same error. Then at least, you should try given below workarounds.

Steps to Reset Network Settings in iOS 15 and Later Version

Step #1: Open up “Settings”.
Step #2: Open “General” and then tap “Transfer or Reset iPhone”.
Step #3: Lastly, tap “Reset” > “Reset Network Settings” >


Enter your iPhone Lock passcode and Try after Reboot once. This Process won’t erase other important settings, Media, Messages, and more.

→Steps to Reset Network Settings for iOS 14 and Earlier Version -Follow the below steps to perform reset networks setting on your Apple phone.

  1. Go to Settings App
  2. Tap General
  3. Scroll the screen and Hit on Reset
  4. Tap on Reset Network to reset your iPhone 6s plus

Read more: Reset Network Settings on your iPhone

→Reset Voicemail password

Check this page to reset the voicemail password.

Now let me tell us, which clue is your success key to fixing can’t delete a voicemail message on iPhone. Stay in touch with us to get more how-to on iPhone and iPad.

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4 thoughts on “Fix iPhone Won’t Delete Voicemail [iOS 17.3.1]”

  1. When my voicemails wouldn’t delete I tried resetting phone it didn’t work I didn’t want to reset all network settings so I just turned all my network sources off “ Bluetooth, cellular, and put it in airplane mode.” Then deleted messages then turned them all back on and it worked for me.

  2. For me the airplane mode suggestion under Clue 2 worked. I had this voicemail for a couple of months and could not get rid of it. Every time I tried to delete it, it would re-appear within a second.


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