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How to check voicemail from a landline phone

Updated April 17, 2017

Checking your voicemail from a landline phone is a useful trick. Your cell phone may unexpectedly run out of batteries or break at a time when you need to access your voicemail messages.

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  1. Make sure your cell phone is set up to allow voicemail to be checked from a landline phone. If your cell phone requires a special feature to be enabled, follow the steps in your instruction manual to ensure you can check the voicemail from another phone.

  2. Call your cell phone from a landline phone. The landline phone you use must be a touch-tone phone, or you won't be able to enter the required PIN or password.

  3. When your cell phone's voicemail picks up and the answering message starts to play, press the asterisk key (*) on your landline phone immediately. This will trigger an automated recording that will ask you to input your password or PIN.

  4. Use the keypad on your landline phone to input the password or PIN you use to check your voicemail from your cell phone. When you've finished entering the information, press the pound (#) key.

  5. Listen to the instructions relayed by the automated message. They will tell you how many voicemail messages you have and give you options for checking them, deleting them, saving them or storing them as new messages. Every phone is slightly different, so listen carefully to the options.

  6. Tip

    Choose an easy-to-remember PIN or password to use for checking your voicemail messages.

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About the Author

Based in Florida, Kathleen Bunn has been working as a professional writer since 2006. She holds and associate's degree in elementary education from Tallahassee Community College, as well as an x-ray technician's license from Keiser College.

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