© Michelle Routhieaux 2019
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.)
- Go to Google Voice www.google.com/voice
- Log in if prompted.
- Click on the gear icon in the upper right.
- Choose “Settings.”
- 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!
- Click on the “Calls” tab and check the “Enable Recording” box.
- From Phone #1, call the Google Voice number that rings to Phone #2.
- If prompted when answering, press 1 to accept the call on Phone #2.
- Don’t hang up.
- Call your Verizon number from the keypad on Phone #2.
- Press # during your voicemail greeting and enter your Verizon voicemail password when prompted.
- Merge the two calls (making it a 3-way).
- Mute the mic on both phones to ensure only your voicemail is recorded.
- Press 4 on the Google # line to start call recording.
**Make sure you hear the recording announcement.**
- Listen to the first message.
- During the message, press the keypad to minimize the numbers & then “manage conference.”
- Listen to the message.
- When the message is over, quickly press to control the Verizon #’s keypad, enter command (save/skip/etc.).
- Merge calls again before next message starts.
- 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.
- When you are finished recording, press to control the Google #’s keypad from the calling phone.
- Press 4 to stop recording.
- Make sure you hear the end-recording announcement.
- Hang up both lines.
- 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
Just for this moment I feel peaceful, calm. I have this song in my head. It’s so powerful & true. Listen.
This is my time to shine
This is my place to find
All that I have inside
I never knew
This is my time to show
What I must have always known
That nothing’s impossible
And dreams come true.
And dreams come true.
Overcoming all these things
Here I finally find my wings
Now I know I’m ready to fly!
I may not be a corporate executive or a research scientist, or on Broadway or a doctor. But this is my time. I’m successful and loved. And I love myself. I am making things happen. No, God is making things happen. I’m seeing change. And I get to decide.
I have overcome a lot of things and now I use my choice to decide. Listen.
I may not have control over the outcome but I have control of my actions, the decisions I make. I decided this week to push myself. There’s only now. I’ve got nothing to lose. Everything is a choice, every choice an opportunity.
I get to decide to stay in my house and feel bad or go out. I ate goat cheese yesterday, and golden beets, and cucumber. Wow. I never try new things. And I liked it. I liked being eagerly uncomfortable and the tremendous feeling of success.
This is my time to realize that I can make a difference and that there IS power in persistence. I’m tied to little. All I have is time.
I decide today to go out with the guy who’s not dark and twisted, the one who scares me with his normalcy. And makes me smile. Because I want to. I decide to go out by myself and eat good food and take in great music just because. I deserve it. I decide not to let myself fester, not to lose this momentum by being idle. I decide to take care of myself and to take chances. And to sleep. Cuz I get to decide. This is my time.
© Michelle Routhieaux 2010