There are several free third-party apps on the market that efficiently translate any voicemail messages you receive into text, but most phones on the market also have their own built-in visual voicemail options. If you want to streamline the voicemail retrieval process, give one of these free visual voicemail solutions a try.
Android voicemail – Android
The Android operating system includes a native visual voicemail that allows you to view your voicemail messages in text form. You can view voicemails by going into the dialer and then selecting or swiping over to voicemails. When you open each logged voicemail, you should see both a Play button (for listening to the message) and transcribed text of the message. If you have an older Android phone or if your service provider doesn't include visual voicemail services, you may want to download a third-party app.
iPhone voicemail – iPhone
To access your iPhone's built-in visual voicemail, open your iPhone's dialer app and click the voicemail icon in the bottom right-hand corner. You'll either be prompted to set up your visual voicemail inbox or connected to an audio-only automated voicemail system. If the latter occurs, then visual voicemail is not provided by your carrier. If you still want to access visual voicemail, your best bet is to download a third-party option. Our favorite free pick is HulloMail.
HulloMail – Android, iPhone
HulloMail is a solid third-party visual voicemail service with premium features for business subscribers. The free app lets you view your voicemail inbox at a glance and play a message's audio. You can also manage your inbox and send a copy of a voicemail to your email. Purchasing a business subscription ($5.99 per month or $59.99 per year) opens up a slew of new features, including unlimited cloud storage for your messages and full-text transcriptions. Subscribers also get the ability to search through individual message transcriptions using keywords, so you can always find the message you need.