Change Default Voicemail Preset to Input Password

A colleague accidently changed his voicemail preset to dial only “*8.” While looking for a solution for him, I came across this helpful timesaver.

Your network stores the voicemail messages you receive. To listen to your messages, call your voicemail number.

Note: Your service provider may include additional information about using this feature.

When you receive a voicemail message, your phone displays the voicemail message indicator newmsgvoice.gif and New Voicemail.

To check voicemail messages:

Press and hold the 1.gif key.

Note: You can store a p (pause), w (wait), or n (number) character in your voicemail number followed your password to avoid having to manually enter your password everytime. Press Start > Settings > Call Options. If your password is 1234, change ‘Voice mail number’ to *86pp1234#

Likewise, you may program work voicemail retrieval by applying similar logic. Collectively, this little hack will save me approximately 5 hours per year (5 seconds per call X 10 voicemail checks per day X 365 days)–not to mention the safety benefits of allowing me to only focus on email while driving.

Jeremy Floyd

Jeremy Floyd is the President at FUNYL Commerce. Formerly, he was the CEO and President of Lirio, Bluegill Creative, a marketing and communications firm in Knoxville, Tennessee. In addition to managing the digital strategies, Floyd was an adjunct professor for the University of Tennessee Chattanooga MBA program teaching digital strategies and social media. Floyd blogs at and tweets under the name @jfloyd. Jeremy is licensed to practice law in the State of Tennessee and holds a law degree from the University of Tennessee College of Law and a Bachelor of Arts degree from MTSU in English and Philosophy.