How to Save Verizon Voicemails using Google Voice

4-11-14     1:38pm hands-untied-from-rope

Puzzled by how to save your Verizon voicemails? Feel trapped on their network because you don’t want to lose the precious, special, or important sounds in their system? I was and did. I even tried saving them through the Verizon system but it left me with a file only that phone could read. Some people think it’s stupid that I save voicemails but it’s really important to me to be able to hear the sound of my loved ones’ voices. It soothes me, especially when I can’t be around them or if/when they die. Google Voice solves the problem.

What you’ll need:

  • Active Verizon voicemail account
  • Google Voice account
  • Phone #1 – phone that does not have a Google Voice account linked to it OR phone whose Google Voice number is not the same as the number whose voicemails you’re recording.
  • Phone #2 – a second phone that your Google Voice number rings to (cannot have the same number as the phone number whose voicemails you’re retrieving.)
  • time
  • patience

Directions:

  1. Go to Google Voice www.google.com/voice
  2. Log in if prompted.
  3. Click on the gear icon in the upper right.Screenshot 2014-05-02 21.38.16-1
  4. Choose “Settings.” Screenshot 2014-05-02 21.38.25-1
  5. Uncheck all phones but Phone #2. Note – Settings is also where you can choose a different number for your Google Voice number to ring to.
    **Remember to put the settings back when you’re finished recording! Screenshot 2014-05-02 21.39.37-1
  6. Click on the “Calls” tab and check the “Enable Recording” box.Voice Settings
  7. From Phone #1, call the Google Voice number that rings to Phone #2.
  8. If prompted when answering, press 1 to accept the call on Phone #2.
  9. Don’t hang up.
  10. Call your Verizon number from the keypad on Phone #2.
  11. Press # during your voicemail greeting and enter your Verizon voicemail password when prompted.
  12. Merge the two calls (making it a 3-way).MERGE
  13. Mute the mic on both phones to ensure only your voicemail is recorded.
    mute
  14. Press 4 on the Google # line to start call recording.
    **Make sure you hear the recording announcement.**
  15. Listen to the first message.
  16. During the message, press the keypad to minimize the numbers & then “manage conference.”kk
  17. Listen to the message.
  18. When the message is over, quickly press to control the Verizon #’s keypad, enter command (save/skip/etc.).
  19. Merge calls again before next message starts.
  20. Repeat steps 16-19 until all desired messages have been recorded.
    Note – It may take a few tries to get the timing down. I recommend trying this with one test message before recording all of them.
  21. When you are finished recording, press to control the Google #’s keypad from the calling phone.
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  22. Press 4 to stop recording.
  23. Make sure you hear the end-recording announcement.
  24. Hang up both lines.
  25. Check your Google Voice account to make sure the recording showed up. It will appear as a very long new voicemail.

Congratulations! You can now download an mp3 of your voicemails or listen from your inbox. You are free to move about the globe contract free!

I really hope this helps. It took me SUCH a long time to figure out and I’m still not sure how exactly I did it. I just know I finally did. Let me know if it works for you. I know it gives me peace of mind that my memories are safe as I switch to T-Mobile.

© Michelle Routhieaux 2014

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One thought on “How to Save Verizon Voicemails using Google Voice

  1. Dude, I tried to do it this way … and maybe I’m just not digitally as literate as you. I found a way to do it very easily, I actually called into Verizon CS and they told me about voicemails forever – http://www.voicemailsforever.com

    It cost $19.99 and it was worth every penny :) Thanks for all the leg work.

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