The voicemail is an important feature that allows the users a quick catch-up for the messages or calls they have missed. Unfortunately, issues related to voicemail are quite common in the iPhones.

Usually, you would delete the voicemail after listening to it. However, some iPhone users have been found complaining that they are unable to delete their voicemail after listening to it. Some iPhone users have stated that they are able to delete the voicemail messages, but they come back after deletion. In any case, addressing this issue is important and luckily, there are some ways to do it.

Enable Airplane Mode:

This method is arguably the quickest and easiest way to go about the business. Many iPhone users have eliminated the voicemail issue by simply enabling the Airplane mode on their iPhone. Here are the steps that you need to take.

1. Swipe down from the top of your screen to prompt the Control Centre.
Airplane mode

2. Now locate the Airplane icon and tap on it. The icon would turn into orange which suggests that the Airplane mode has been enabled.

3. Alternatively, head to the settings and toggle on the option Airplane Mode.

4. Once Airplane mode is enabled, head to the Phone app and tap on the voicemail tab. You would be able to delete the voicemail messages now.

5. Once deleted, disable the Airplane mode by following the same pattern.

Update your iOS:

More often than not, it is the pending software update that causes such issues. Not updating your iPhone when the update is available can massively affect the performance of your iPhone. So, if you are unable to delete your voicemail messages then it could be due to the pending update. All you need to do is to update your iOS, and it may well address the issue. Here is what you need to do.

1. Go to the Settings on your iPhone.

2. Tap on the option General.
Software Update

3. Hit the option Software Update.

4. Now download and install the latest version of iOS.
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5. Once the update is complete, go to the Phone app and try to delete the voicemail messages.

Reset Network Settings:

Resetting the network settings can help address this issue. Sometimes, the voicemail messages do not get deleted due to the network settings. In this case, all you can do is to reset the network settings and then try deleting the voicemails. Here is what you will need to do.

1. Go to the Settings on your iPhone.

2. Tap on the option General.

3. Scroll down to the bottom of the screen and hit the option Reset.
Reset Network Settings

4. Choose the option Reset Network Settings.

5. Once the process is complete, launch the Phone app and try deleting the voicemails.

Note: While at it, you can also try the option Reset All Settings. It has helped several iPhone users in addressing the issue. Additionally, you can Erase All Content and Settings as well. It will certainly address the issue, but it is a long process that clears all the data on your iPhone.

Clear Deleted Voicemail Messages:

If you are able to successfully delete the voicemail messages only to see them come back after some time then you will have to visit the Deleted Messages in Voicemail tab on the Phone app. It is similar to deleting things from the recycle bin or the deleted photos folder on the iPhone. Deleting the voicemail permanently from the deleted folder will ensure that they won’t reappear in your inbox.

Force Restart your iPhone:

Honestly, this issue of voicemail messages not getting deleted isn’t a major one. You will likely get this sorted with the help of techniques mentioned above. However, if you are unable to do so then you should try force restarting your device. It is like a quick reboot, but it doesn’t affect the data on your iPhone. Here is how you can force restart different models of iPhone.

For iPhone 8 or Later:

Quickly press-release the volume up button, then press-release the volume down button in quick succession. Once done, press-hold the sleep/wake button until the Apple logo appears on the screen.

For iPhone 7 & 7 Plus:

Press-hold the sleep/wake button in tandem with volume down button for at least 7-10 seconds. Do not release them until the Apple logo appears on the screen.

For iPhone 6 Plus & Previous Models:

Press-hold the home and side/top button (as per the model) for 10 seconds. Do not release them until the Apple logo appears on the screen.


Again, this issue isn’t as big as it may seem. You will be able to address it on your own. You can also try updating your carrier settings if applicable. You also need to make sure that the voicemail is permanently erased from your iPhone or else it can come back in your inbox.