Recover Deleted Voicemail on an iPhone
If you accidentally deleted a voicemail on an iPhone, you can usually retrieve these messages by looking through a somewhat unknown “Deleted Messages” list that is part of the Phone app in iOS. Here’s how to access this little known feature to recover your trashed voicemail messages:
- Tap on Phone and “Voicemail” as usual
- Scroll all the way to the bottom of the voice messages list and look for and tap onto “Deleted Messages”
- Find and select the voicemail you want to listen to or recover:
- Play: Tap on the voicemail message and then the play button to listen to it, or
- Recover: Tap on the message and then choose “Undelete” to move the voicemail back to the stored list and out of Deleted Messages
The iPhone will actually store all deleted voicemails in this list as long as you haven’t gone through here before and selected “Clear All” – which permanently trashes all deleted messages – making it fairly easy to recover voicemail that you’ve deleted from the main messages list.
If you’re curious about more technical details, iPhone voicemails are stored as .amr files on the phone itself at:
That directory isn’t available to users without using a third party tool, or without using ftp to access a jailbroken iPhone. The messages are also contained within the standard iPhone backup which is stored locally on the synced computer, but they’re not easily read or listened to since they are contained within database files much like the SMS files.
I’ve had an iPhone since they first came out, but I wasn’t aware of this feature until @atinirao mentioned it in a tweet. Great tip!