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iPhone calls going straight to voicemail: Quick Fix

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iPhones are great for the user experience, but no product is perfect, and iPhones are no exception. While they are great phones to use, they do suffer from the occasional bugs and glitches. 

In this article, we’re looking at a problem why iPhone calls are going straight to voicemail. 

How to fix this?

Here are a few solutions you can try to solve the iPhone calls going straight to voicemail problem.

Restart your iPhone 

One of the first things you should do is try and restart your iPhone to see if that resolves the issue. Restarting your device can solve many seemingly random issues that would be tricky to debug.

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Enable Airplane mode

Sometimes, improper network connectivity can also cause phone calls to go straight to voicemail. You can try toggling airplane mode on and then off to see if that solves the problem.

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You can either enable and disable Airplane mode on your iPhone using the phone settings or through the Control Centre.

Disable Do Not Disturb

If your iOS device has DND mode enabled, iOS will automatically silence notifications from almost all apps on your phone. Here’s how you can check if DND mode is messing with your phone calls.

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  • Head over to the iOS settings and tap on Do Not Disturb.
  • Make sure that the Do Not Disturb and Scheduled sliders are disabled. 
  • Additionally, scroll down and make sure that the DND mode is set to manual while driving. 

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Update carrier settings

Depending on the carrier, you’ll see prompts for updating carrier settings on the iPhone once in a while. These updates aren’t as frequent, but you’ll see it upon restarting the iPhone if you’ve one pending. This should fix the iPhone calls going straight to voicemail error.

Disable Call Forwarding

Call Forwarding can also send your phone calls straight to voicemail. Here’s how to disable the feature.

  • Head over to your phone settigns and tap Phone.
  • Head to Call Forwarding.
  • Disable the Call Forwarding toggle. 

Disable unkown called silencing

iPhones have a feature that can automatically silence unknown callers. Make sure it’s disabled.

  • Head over to your phone settigns and tap Phone.
  • Disable the Silence Unkown Callers settings.

Announce calls

If you’re missing phone calls. iPhone can also announce them for you. Here’s how.

  • Head over to your phone settigns and tap Phone.
  • Tap Announce Calls.
  • Select Always.

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Reset network settings

Open your iPhone or iPad’s settings and follow the steps mentioned below to reset network settings.

  • Scroll down and tap on General.
  • Tap on Reset.
  • You’ll find a Reset Network Settings button there. Tap on it to reset your network stack.

Check for iOS updates

Another potential reason for this problem could be a bug in iOS. More often than not, developers realise this quickly and release patches or subsequent updates to fix such issues. 

Follow these steps to ensure that you have the latest iOS version installed on your phone. 

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  • Head over to the settings and tap on General.
  • Tap on Software Update.
  • Ensure that you’re on the latest update available. If not, update your device immediately. 

This should fix the iPhone calls going straight to voicemail error.

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Yadullah Abidi

Yadullah Abidi

Yadullah is a Computer Science graduate who writes/edits/shoots/codes all things cybersecurity, gaming, and tech hardware. When he's not, he streams himself racing virtual cars. He's been writing and reporting on tech and cybersecurity with websites like Candid.Technology and MakeUseOf since 2018. You can contact him here: