Do Voicemails Go Through If You Hang Up?

How to Know If Someone Declined Your Call

Voicemail allows you to leave a voice message to someone that you’ve tried to call but they’re absent or they’re busy in another conversation so you can’t reach them right now. Voicemails let you get your message across to them without having to have a call and they’re very efficient for communication. Usually, once someone has read your voicemail, they call you back so that you can discuss in detail what you wanted to talk about.

You can usually only send someone a voicemail message once you’ve been told by the answering machine that is triggered when someone is busy and is currently on another call with someone else, they’re just not available to answer your call, or if their phone is dead and the call can’t connect. The answering machine will then let you know why you’re unable to reach the person and it’ll tell you to leave a message after the tone.

After the beep, the automated system on the other end starts recording all input from your end into an audio file. That audio file that was recorded, whether you said anything or not is registered as a new voicemail for the intended recipient that they can listen to, save or delete. The recipient listens to the exact same audio file that you recorded after the beep.

Knowing what triggers voicemails to send and not send is tricky but there are a few hard rules for most carriers and it’ll let you know what triggers allow you to send voicemails and what to do if you don’t want to send one once the call goes into answer machine.

Do Voicemails Go Through If You Hang Up?

When the tone rings, anything you say after that will be recorded as a voice message and sent to the person as a voicemail unless you hang up before the tone rings. Once the tone rings, anything you say between then and the point that you hang up will be sent over as a voicemail to the recipient. Voicemails do go through once you hang up after the tone – but if you hang up before the tone, the voice mail won’t go through and nothing will be sent to the recipient.

If you never want to leave someone a voicemail if you weren’t able to reach them, make sure that you always hang up before the tone so that nothing sends to them. The best way to avoid coming close to this is just to hang up when the phone goes into the answering machine.

As mentioned early, sometimes the VM system doesn’t send the voicemail by you hanging up the call after the been. Sometimes you’re required to press buttons like 1 to send the voicemail so if you hang up without pressing the button that’ll send the voicemail, then the voicemail won’t go through if you hang up.

How to Cancel Voicemail After The Tone

Sometimes your automatic reaction might be to press the end button to stop the voicemail from seeing after the beep but this will actually send the voicemail in most voicemail systems. The most common button to stop voicemails from sending is to press the hash key. This means that if you hear the beep and don’t want any input that’s been recorded after that to be sent, rather than pressing the end key to send the voicemail, press the hash key to cancel it. Once cancelled, you can hang up and the voicemail won’t send.

David Johnson is a freelance writer with 9 years of experience writing for Techzillo and other established tech outlets like iMore. His focus and key interests are Apple and accessibility as well as consumer technology in general. Read our Editorial Guidlines and Fact Checking process.


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