Life without an answering machine is unimaginable. The freedom of not having to stay by your phone all day waiting for an important message gives one the opportunity to be more productive with one's time. In fact, you do not have to be at home or in the office to access your answering machine. You can access your messages remotely and gain that much more freedom for everything else on your to-do list.
Find the default remote access code for your machine. This may be located in the answering machine manual or on the machine. Some machines may allow you to choose from a list of codes or create your own. So be sure to choose one that you can remember easily.
Dial your phone number from a remote phone like a cell phone or a work phone. Wait for the away greeting to start.
Type in the access code during or after the greeting but before you have to leave a message. Your machine's default voice guidance should start and notify you of how many messages you have and your command options.
Follow the instructions given by the voice guidance. Press the appropriate key for a given task. Be sure to press firmly or else the signal may not go through. With a cell phone, the number should appear on the screen when you type it in.
Change your personal greeting and delete and save messages by pressing the keys that the voice on your answering machine tells you.
Hang up when you are done. There is no need to do anything else. Your answering machine automatically resets itself.