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How To Skip Straight To Voicemail

1. Check for iOS updates

Before you start changing settings or hassling your network provider, it’s worth checking that your iPhone software is up to date. Occasionally an update will fix your issue.

This is a double-edged sword, however, because it’s also possible that a recent update to iOS has actually caused the problem (if so, it should be patched soon).

For example, when iOS 7 came out back in 2013 some iPhones suddenly found that incoming calls were being directly transferred to voicemail. The option has since been disabled by default.

If you’ve noticed the voicemail problem since updating iOS, there’s a good chance that the two things are related. Check for any new updates since then, which are likely to include a patch if the issue is a known problem. Here’s how to update iOS on an iPhone.



If the Do Not Disturb sign is not at the top right corner of your iPhone as show in the picture above, or the fix did not resolved your problem, one reader (Mcfly) has kindly left a feedback about a solution that worked for him – which is, by switching off Call Forwarding feature on iPhone.

Any if your iPhone has LTE (used mostly in USA and Canada) enabled and the fix did not work for you, Ziggy, another user, has kindly shared a solution that worked for him. Look it up in the user comments.

2. Volume setting

It is possible that the ringer volume is too low. It may seem that your phone is not ringing. You may need to adjust your ring volume. This is easy too. On your iPhone, go to Settings > Sounds & Haptics. Under the Ringer and Alerts section, drag the slider to the desired volume level, try to increase it. Make sure that the volume is high enough to hear. If this slider is dimmed, it is possible that your speaker is damaged and you may want to contact Apple Support.

See also: How to Make the iPhone Alarm Volume Louder

4. Turn off Do Not Disturb mode

Do Not Disturb mode may be the issue. This is a feature that Apple added in iOS 6 back in 2012. A new Do Not Disturb When Driving feature arrived in iOS 11.

Perhaps you turned the feature on by mistake, or turned it on and then forgotten about it. It may even have been switched on against your wishes by a glitch in iOS. Or, in the case of Do Not Disturb When Driving, it may have come on because the system thought you were driving – which sometimes triggers when you’re the passenger, not the driver, of a car.

Luckily you can easily tell if you’ve got Do Not Disturb switched on. If you’ve got an iPad or non-notched iPhone there will be a crescent moon icon in the top right of the status bar, next to the Bluetooth and battery icons.

On an iPhone XS or similar (which hasn't got space

On an iPhone XS or similar (which hasn’t got space for extra icons in the top bar) you’ll instead see a large Do No Disturb sign on the lock screen – or you can open Control Centre and see the DND moon on there.

When Do Not Disturb is enabled, calls and alerts t

When Do Not Disturb is enabled, calls and alerts that arrive are silenced: that’s the reason your calls are being diverted before you have a chance to answer them.

The quickest way to turn off Do Not Disturb is via the Control Centre. Do Not Disturb is indicated by the crescent moon icon. Tap this and it will turn from purple on a white background (switched on) to white on black (switched off).

Alternatively (although more slowly), you can turn

Alternatively (although more slowly), you can turn it off via the Settings app. Open the Settings app and in the second batch of options underneath Notifications and Control Centre, you’ll see a purple icon with that crescent moon and the words Do Not Disturb.

Click on that. Move the slider on Manual so that i

Click on that. Move the slider on Manual so that it’s off – so there’s no green on the slider.

Bingo! The moon should disappear from your iPhone

Bingo! The moon should disappear from your iPhone status bar and you should start receiving your calls as they ring and not suddenly discover a bunch sitting unanswered in voicemail.

If you’re trying to call a friend and you think they may have Do Not Disturb turned on there is a solution – here’s how to tell if someone is using Do Not Disturb, and how to call them.

Cause of Problem

Do Not DisturbThe problem of calls diverting to voicemail on iPhones is caused if Do Not Disturb is enabled on the phone. IOS updates on phones seems to have enabled this features, without users noticing it. Or you may have turned it on and forgot to switch if off.

In my case, I think the culprit is an IOS7  update. To quickly check if you have “do not disturb” sign enabled on iPhones running IOS 7 , look at the top right corner of your phone, and if you see the quarter moon sign on your your phone – do not disturb sign is enabled.

5. Bedtime

Are you using the Bedtime feature? A lot of users use this to track their sleeping habits. By default, when you turn on Bedtime, your iPhone will automatically turn on Do Not Disturb during your sleep time. And, as stated above, your calls will be silenced.

If you are using this feature, you can turn off Do Not Disturb during bedtime. Simple, open the Clock app, and tap the Bedtime tab. Then tap Options (top-left corner) and then turn Do Not Disturb During Bedtime off. Then tap Done (top-right corner).

See also: iPhone Alarm Clock Not Working, Fix

Why doesnt my phone ring when someone calls me?

Here’s The Fix: Turn Off Do Not Disturb! Most of the time, the reason an iPhone won’t ring for incoming calls is that the user has accidentally turned on the Do Not Disturb feature in Settings. Do Not Disturb silences calls, alerts, and notifications on your iPhone.

How do I make calls go straight to voicemail on Android?


  1. Open the Phone app. It’s the phone receiver that’s usually on the home screen.
  2. Tap the menu icon. It’s usually at the top-right corner of the app.
  3. Tap Settings.
  4. Tap Calling accounts.
  5. Tap the name of your service provider.
  6. Tap Call forwarding.
  7. Tap Always forward.
  8. Enter the direct number to your voicemail.

Does Your Cell Phone Go Straight to Voicemail When Do Not Disturb Is Enabled?

A dead battery is not the only reason a phone will zip you straight to voicemail.

We have reasons to turn on our Do Not Disturb, like sleeping, for instance. But, forgetting to turn it off not only means you missed a phone call, but you also won’t get a voicemail notification, either.

Sometimes we accidentally change our settings, too. Figuring out where to go and how to check can get confusing. So we will walk through how to check if you mistakingly turned on the Do Not Disturb option on an iPhone.

You have two different ways to check the Do Not Disturb setting.

Via Settings

  1. Tap Settings on the iPhone home screen
  2. You will see the Do Not Disturb option. Tap it.
  3. Tap the on and off switch until it turns grey. It means you’ve turned it off.

Via the Control Center

  1. Open the Control Center. You will need to swipe from the bottom or upper-right corner, depending on the iPhone model.
  2. The Do Not Disturb icon is a crescent moon. If it is lit up in white, it means that Do Not Distburn is enabled.
  3. Just tap the icon until it turns gray.

Method 3 – Use a Mobile App

There are all kinds of apps available that allow y

There are all kinds of apps available that allow you to call someone directly to their voicemail. Generally, these all work the same way: download and install the app, find the right number in your contacts list, and let the app do the rest.

However, it’s important to make sure the app you install is legitimate. Before downloading one, check out the comments and overall rating on your app store. If it’s less than three stars or has less than 500 reviews, you might be better off avoiding it and finding a better replacement.

Turning It Off and Back On

We know you’ve likely restarted your phone when you can’t track down a setting that could be making it go straight to voicemail.

But, this is just a reminder that sometimes a cellphone needs a quick refresh.

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