Voicemail may feel like an outdated concept, but it’s still a core feature of phones. Thankfully, it’s much easier to set up a voicemail greeting message on smartphones than on landlines. We’ll show you how to do it on Android.

Set Up Voicemail Greeting on Samsung Galaxy Phones

For Samsung Galaxy phones, we’ll be using the default Phone app that comes pre-installed on the device. Start by tapping the three-dot menu icon and selecting “Settings.”

Scroll down and tap “Voicemail.”

Scroll down and tap "Voicemail."

You’ll see a number listed under “Voicemail Number.” Save the number and then go back to the phone dialer.

Save the number and then go back to the phone dialer.

Now, on the “Keypad” tab, enter the number and tap the green phone button to place the call.

Enter the number and tap the green phone button to place the call.

Once you’re connected to your voicemail, tap “4” on the dialer.

Once you're connected to your voicemail, tap "4" on the dialer.

Now tap “1” to record a new greeting.

Now tap "1" to record a new greeting.

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If you already have a greeting, you’ll hear it. Tap “2” to record a new greeting.

Tap "2" to record a new greeting.

Listen to the instructions and start recording your greeting after the tone. Tap “#” when you’re done.

Tap "#" when you're done.

You’ll hear greeting played back, press “1” to keep and set the greeting, or tap “2” to record again.

Now tap "1".

That’s all there is to it! Using the dialer to do all of this is not super user-friendly, but you may have an easier method depending on the carrier you have. If you have an app for your carrier installed on your Galaxy phone, check to see if it includes voicemail settings.

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Set Up Voicemail Greeting on Google Pixel Phones

Google Pixel phones come with the company’s Phone app pre-installed, which is what we’ll be using here. You can use this app on other phones as well, but the voicemail setup process may be different.

First, open the app and tap the three-dot menu icon in the top right. Then select “Settings.”

Scroll down the Settings and select “Voicemail.”

Scroll down the Settings and select "Voicemail."

Now tap “Voicemail Greeting.”

Now tap "Voicemail Greeting."

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This is where the process will vary depending on your mobile provider. Look for a microphone icon or a “Record Greeting” option.

Follow the steps to record a greeting message.

Follow the steps to record a greeting message.

After you’re done, you may be asked to give the greeting a name.

After you're done, you may be asked to give the greeting a name.

The message you just recorded will likely be set as the default, but if it’s not, you will be able to choose it from a list of greetings. You can record multiple greetings for different situations.

Choose a greeting to be active.

That’s it! You now have a custom voicemail greeting on your Google Pixel phone.

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