iPhone owners unlock free upgrade today to let you send ‘video voicemails’ – but there’s an even better new perk

APPLE has released a major update for millions of iPhones with two very clever voicemail tricks.

They solve some of the biggest problems with voicemail and are completely free.

Live Voicemail is a brilliant new feature that transcribes the audio message as it is recorded


Live Voicemail is a brilliant new feature that transcribes the audio message as it is recordedPhoto credit: Apple

The new characteristics are available for your iPhone starting today as part of the new iOS 17 update.

Video voicemails

Typically, when you FaceTime someone and they don’t respond, you’re stuck.

The important moment you wanted to share is lost – and that’s a real shame.

That’s why Apple created video messaging for FaceTime.

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So if you call someone who doesn’t answer on FaceTime, you can leave them a video message that they can watch later.

It’s a lot like a voicemail, except you leave a video clip instead of an audio recording.

Live voicemail

Perhaps an even more exciting feature is Live Voicemail.

This allows you to see a real-time transcription of a voicemail someone leaves.

This is a great trick because it allows you to get an idea of ​​what a caller wants before you answer the call.

This is particularly useful when someone is calling from an unknown number.

Better yet, you can answer the call while the caller leaves their message.

It’s also useful that if a caller is identified as spam by your cell phone provider, it won’t show up as a live voicemail.

Instead, the call is immediately rejected.

The entire process is managed on your device and not in the cloud and should therefore be safe and secure.

This means you don’t have to feel pressured to answer a call right away.

And it saves you from listening to endless voicemails because you can simply read their contents instead.

iOS 17

Both new features require iOS 17.

The software update went live on Monday, September 18th.

You need to install it by going to Settings > General > Software Update.

Unfortunately not all iPhones Models can install iOS 17.

Here is the full list of devices supported by iOS 17:

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  • iPhone 15
  • iPhone 15 Plus
  • iPhone 15 Pro
  • iPhone 15 Pro Max
  • iPhone 14
  • iPhone 14 Plus
  • iPhone 14 Pro
  • iPhone 14 Pro Max
  • iPhone 13
  • iPhone 13 mini
  • iPhone 13 Pro
  • iPhone 13 Pro Max
  • iPhone 12
  • iPhone 12 mini
  • iPhone 12 Pro
  • iPhone 12 Pro Max
  • iPhone 11
  • iPhone 11 Pro
  • iPhone 11 Pro Max
  • iPhone XS
  • iPhone XS Max
  • iPhone XR
  • iPhone SE (2nd generation or later)

If you don’t have one of these iPhone models, you’ll need to upgrade to a newer device to get iOS 17 – and the two voicemail tricks as an extension.


TaraSubramaniam is a Dailynationtoday U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. TaraSubramaniam joined Dailynationtoday in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing: tarasubramaniam@dailynationtoday.com.

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