iPhone straight to voicemail? Here’s what to do

If you find that your iPhone keeps sending your calls straight to voicemail, there might be a pretty simple fix to this problem. When it comes to iOS, there are many different settings and features that give users peace of mind throughout the day. While many of these settings are great for keeping your iPhone quiet, sometimes they can be too good at getting the job done.

With that in mind, I’ll take a look at some common solutions to the problem of calls going straight to voicemail. Most of the time it’s about forgetting that a certain setting is enabled. Don’t worry, this has happened to me more than once, and it’s probably happened to everyone who owns an iPhone.

Why does iPhone go straight to voicemail without ringing?

There can be a variety of reasons why your calls are going straight to voicemail. As mentioned earlier, Apple has loaded the iPhone with many features, many of which offer options to mute phone calls. I’ll take a look at some of these features, but the problem could also be with your carrier. While problems with your carrier are one of the last things to consider, you might want to keep the idea on the table.

How do I stop my iPhone calls from going straight to voicemail?

If you’re having trouble with calls going straight to voicemail, there are several solutions you can try. Virtually all require navigating to your iPhone’s settings. So make sure you know where it is. Of course, you can also search for your settings app by swiping down anywhere on the home screen to bring up app search.

Check for a software update

One of the first things to do if your calls are going straight to voicemail is to check if your iPhone needs a software update. Not only is updating a good idea to fix potential minor software bugs, but it also ensures you’re getting the best possible security from Apple’s side.

To check for an update, simply navigate to Settings > General > Software Update and look for Download Now or Install Now. If one is available, go ahead and install it.

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Check if airplane mode is enabled

Another easy fix is ​​to check if airplane mode is enabled. Honestly, it’s very easy to forget that this setting is on, especially if you travel a lot. Airplane mode turns off your cellular service, which means all your calls go straight to voicemail.

Airplane mode can prevent users from receiving calls.

If you want to turn off Airplane mode, you can do so from Control Center. Just swipe down from the top right corner of your device and click on the airplane icon. Wait a few seconds before turning it back on. Note that older devices, IE, those without Face ID, bring up the control center by swiping from the bottom.

You can also find the Airplane mode toggle at the top of your Settings app.

Make sure the ringer volume is correct

When it comes to easier solutions, checking your ringtone volume is another way as well. You may have accidentally turned your ringer volume all the way down and then just forgot, which is pretty easy. You can increase your ringtone volume by using the physical volume buttons on the side of your device, or you can navigate to Settings > Sounds & Haptics and adjust the slider under Ringtone & notifications. Be sure to check that the physical switch on the side of your device isn’t set to silent.

Focus mode can route iPhone calls directly to voicemail

Another thing you might want to check is the focus mode. Also available in Control Center, this is a great way to achieve some peace and quiet, but it can be too much quiet if you forget to turn it back off. Don’t worry as this is also something that’s pretty easy to forget you even turned it on.

If your iPhone calls are going straight to voicemail, check if focus mode is enabled.

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Just go to your control center and look for the moon icon. Focus mode and/or Do Not Disturb will tell you if it’s on. However, turning it on and off might be a good idea if you’re still having trouble receiving calls.

Users can also go to Settings > Focus to see if they have profiles set up, e.g. B. when trying to sleep. This can prevent you from receiving incoming calls. You may only have this option depending on which version of iOS you are using.

The Announce Calls feature.

Users can also try to check the Announce Calls feature. While this setting is typically disabled, enabling it can help a user with the issue of their calls always going to voicemail.

Just go to Settings > Phone > Announce Calls and select Always from the menu. Check if this helps to solve your problem.

Update carrier settings

Another issue that a user may face is that they may need to update their carrier settings. If your carrier settings are not up to date, calls can go straight to voicemail. You might also notice some additional minor issues if you haven’t updated your carrier settings.

To check this, you just have to go to Settings > General > About. If you need a carrier settings update, your iPhone will notify you with a banner right at the top.

Mute unknown callers

One feature that is incredibly useful, but can also be inconvenient at times, is the Mute Unknown Callers feature. This is a great feature for blocking unwanted spam calls, but it can also prevent you from receiving calls from numbers you don’t have saved on your phone.

While muting unknown callers is a great feature, it can prevent you from receiving the calls you want.

With Mute Unknown Callers turned on, any call from an unknown number goes straight to your voicemail and you’ll see a notification on the Recents tab in the Phone app.

If you want to disable this feature, go to Settings > Phone > Mute unknown calls and make sure it’s turned off.

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Disable or remove your spam blocking apps

If you use a spam-blocking app, this can also be a problem. While these apps are usually pretty helpful for blocking unwanted junk, sometimes they can be a bit too helpful. You can either navigate to your spam blocker settings and look for your options, or uninstall the app entirely.

Time needed: 1 minute.

Follow these steps to remove an app from your iPhone:

Locate the app on your home screen. Press and hold directly on the app icon. You will then see a quick action menu. Select Remove app, then tap Delete app, and then press Delete again.

Note that the photo above is just an example of how to remove an app.

If none of these work for you, it might be time to contact your network provider. This is especially true when you find that calls are often missed or even dropped. This can be especially the case if you find yourself missing or abandoning calls seemingly at random. Of course, you can also check your cellular connection by taking a look at the network strength icon in the top right corner of your phone.

Get the message: What to do when your iPhone goes straight to voicemail

While the iPhone is good at many things, one of the most important things it needs to do is be able to take a call. So if you find that your phone is constantly sending calls to voicemail, it might be time to investigate the issue. Of course, if you’re having trouble with your iPhone sending calls directly to voicemail, you’ll also want to check if there’s a problem with your voicemail.

While it’s a fairly simple fix in the vast majority of cases, there are some cases where issues are a bit more complicated. Be sure to exhaust your options before contacting your carrier. However, if you’re constantly at odds with your carrier, it might be time to switch service.