The preservation of voicemails could be emotionally important to you or have a scholastic value to it. Unfortunately, hackers could disrupt it with one SIM swap. In this quick guide, we will teach you on securing your important voicemails [indefinitely] on any device, either Android or iPhone.
Gone are the days of preserving valuable voicemails on a cassette tape. Since digital space occupied all medieval modes, securing voice mails is simply too precious – or perhaps, too important to delete.
This is inevitably important to secure a voicemail, and you can technically keep voicemail saved in your mailbox, but this is not a viable long-term option. There is an option that the voice mailboxes may fill up and the apps will automatically delete older messages. There are chances you could lose your valuable voicemails if you buy a new device, or swap to another carrier.
Saving voicemails on iPhone
Let’s start with iPhones. Apple provides certain ways of securing/ saving your voicemails and sharing them, as well.
Pro Tip: You should enable your iCloud backup throughout.
NOTE: Sync your iPhone with iTunes for automatic backup of your Voice memos. This will backup it with your iTunes Library. This is only possible if syncing is ON, this way you can export files to Dropbox and other cloud storage services, like Google Drive and AirDrop.
- Simply go to the phone app, and then Voicemail that is available on the far right bottom of your screen.
- Tap on the voicemail you wish to save, after that click the share button (share button resembles an arrow that is pointing out of the box).
- The sharing option gives you an option to share your Voicemail via Voice Memo, Messages, Mail, AirDrop.
- Click on the Notes or Voice Memo, in order to save your voicemail. You have the option to access saved voicemails again in other apps and play it whenever you want to hear it. The apps will automatically backup, only if you have enabled iCloud backup.
- In order to save the voicemail to your PC, desktop, or computer, you need to select AirDrop and then tap on your computer’s name, please note that the devices should be connected to the same network. After accepting AirDrop on your computer, you can proceed with saving your voicemail wherever you want.
- If you want to send the voicemail to another individual, you can select the contact and send via Messages or Mail or AirDrop.
The procedure is different when it comes to visual voicemail from FaceTime. You have the option to save it from the Files app.
- Open the file you want to store and tap select, file name and subsequently organize
- Under “On My [name of device],” choose folder or you can tap o the folder icon with a “+” sign to create a new one.
- Tap Copy and you’re welcome.
Saving Voicemails On Android
There are numerous manufacturers who manufacture android phones, so saving voicemail would vary slightly. Here are some notable guidelines:
- Open voicemail app, tap and hold the voicemail you want to save;
- You can see save, export, archive option that appears in the menu;
- Tap “OK” or “save” to save the voicemail in the selected storage location.
- There are not all providers offering voicemail apps safety that is compatible with your android device. Some third-party applications will prompt the Voicemail saving option, while others will cost you a few bucks. For instance, Google voice gives you a featured option to send your voicemail via email as an MP3 option. To opt this, you will need to sign up for this service and enable the setting, the messages you received previously will be stored in some other manner. You can also use VoicemailSaver that costs $3.99 only, but it saves your voicemails even if your phone is stolen or broken. For cost-free options you can try InstaVoice or HulloMail.
- There is another option to store your voicemails to HDD, SD cards and other physical storage like USB flash memory.
Retrieve Voicemails from an Older Phone
There might be circumstances that you won’t be able to save your voicemail through your device (neither the apps you trust) and would require the intervention of a PC or desktop to save them. This option is available for both of your devices. You may require some software and equipment.
If you have your voicemails saved in a non-smart device, it is best to save them on your desktop device or your smartphone devices. You need to have a male-to-male 3.5mm audio cable that connects the device to your computer.
- Download Audacity (audio recording program) to your PC, you can use something similar as well; Garageband is applicable if you use MAC.
- Find out the headphone and microphone port on your old device.
- Jack in your 3.5mm cable in your old device and the other corner into your computer jack.
- If you prefer to use Audacity, you first need to:
- Do change your source of recording to “Line-In mic”
- Furthermore, proceed with clicking on Edit>Preferences>Recording
- Then click on software playthrough.
- Open your voicemail service on your phone. Click the red button on audacity and put the speaker on the phone if you are recording it through mic. Audacity’s timeline will show you the captured audio.
- You can use the editing tools of Audacity to trim and save it by clicking on file>export to the designated file you want to save it to.
- Open your phone’s voicemail that you want to save, click record on your audio recording program and play message, stop the recording when the message is done.
- Save your computer file to preserve it.
NOTE: The audio quality won’t be perfect, but the message will be saved forever.
Whatever you save on your device needs to be private unless someone has permission to go through your device, images, apps, and files. Unfortunately, the embedded settings structure isn’t secure or password-protected. It is advised to protect your device from any malware activities and protect your privacy.