Has the Voicemail icon on your Android phone been showing a new voicemail notification when there is no new voicemail or any voicemail messages in your inbox? This can be a pretty annoying issue so here are some tips to get your voicemail notifications working correctly again.
Restart your phone
Sometimes we forget that our phones need to rest too. Keeping your phone on indefinitely can cause some funny issues, especially false notifications, so don’t forget to power your phone off every couple of days for a few minutes and let it rest. This will help keep your phone running smoothly.
Double check your voicemail
You have probably done this a hundred times already, but triple check after power cycling (powering off and on) your phone. If your phone is still showing a voicemail message and there is no voicemail waiting in your inbox then proceed to the next step.
Re-enable the voicemail notifications
Disabling and then re-enabling the “show notification” option under the voicemail app settings was a wonderful suggestion submitted by Milton (a site visitor) and I liked this suggestion so much that I felt I needed to add it to this guide as one of the first things to try when troubleshooting the voicemail notification on an Android cell phone.
To access the “Show notifications” setting in your voicemail application you need to access your cell phones Settings, find and open the Application manager (sometimes located under the “More” tab on many Android smartphones), make sure that all of the apps are showing (you may need to scroll over a few pages if the current apps displayed are under the list of “Downloaded” apps), once you see the list of ALL your apps scroll down and find the Voicemail application, tap to open it and then deselect the Show notifications option. You may get a warning letting you know that if you do this then you may miss important alerts for this app. Press Ok which will remove the checkmark and disable this setting; once it’s disabled press the option again to enable it.
Just make sure that “Show notifications” is check marked again as you’ll want to know when you get new voicemail messages.
Then go back to your home page and make sure that your voicemail notification is functioning properly. I suggest leaving a test voicemail and rebooting your cell phone if necessary.
If it solves the problem, enjoy, if not then proceed with the advice below.
Thanks again for the suggestion Milton! Note: Milton’s post can be read HERE.
Clean the Voicemail App
This might be a small hiccup on the Voicemail application itself. A quick cleaning can often be very effective at resolving this issue on your Android cell phone. This next suggestion will reset the settings and data on the application itself and should not cause you to lose any voicemail messages that are stored on your wireless carrier’s server. Note: voicemails should be stored by your wireless service provider and you shouldn’t lose any important voicemails by clearing the cell phones voicemail app data.
To clean your voicemail application you need to access your cell phones voicemail application again, just like you did when accessing the “Show notifications” feature. So open your Settings > Application manager > ALL > Voicemail > and then this time tap on the Clear data option.
Then check to make sure that your voicemail icon is displaying correctly. If it is then enjoy your smartphone and if this does help to resolve your issue and you would like to show your appreciation then don’t forget to press the Facebook Like and or Google + buttons below this article and feel free to also leave a friendly remark in the comment section at the bottom of this page.
Personal Note: I had forgotten to include this advice in my original post and I want to thank one of my readers by the name of Fred for reminding me of this trick so that I could add it to the article. His comment can be read by clicking HERE. Thanks Fred.
If your cell phone is still incorrectly displaying the voicemail notification then you can proceed with the additional suggestion(s) listed below.
Leave yourself a voicemail
Sounds a little strange I know, but call yourself and then leave yourself a voicemail. Once you check your voicemail, listen to it, and then erase it. After you have erased the voicemail you just left on your own machine (don’t use visual voicemail to do this) then check and see if your voicemail notification icon is still showing or if it is now working correctly.
Check your applications
If you have a voicemail application that you yourself downloaded onto the phone, try and force stop and/or uninstall that application, restart your phone, and see if your android starts working correctly again.
This also applies to any applications that you might have downloaded around the same time that you noticed this issue. If you downloaded a game, exercise, health, weather or other application and the notification started malfunctioning then chances are high that it could be that application causing problems. Try force stopping or uninstalling the app (I recommend you uninstall the application), rebooting, and see if it is working correctly again.
Factory Data Reset
You might have a software bug or even virus on your device and if you have tried the above suggestions and need a last resort then I strongly recommend you backup all of the information on your phone and then reset its information back to its factory defaults.
Don’t panic! It’s really not as hard as it sounds; the most important thing that you will need to do is to back up and save your information from your phone to another source so that you can put it all back on your phone after the reset.
If you would like a step by step guide on how to do this I suggest you read How to Backup and Reset an Android Phone.
Contact your wireless service provider
A factory data reset should fix this issue if it is a problem with the device itself, if for some mysterious reason your voicemail icon is still showing a message waiting and there is no message then contact your wireless carrier to have them do some troubleshooting on their end. If they don’t seem to have the solution right away, and you have done ALL the troubleshooting mentioned earlier in this article (especially the factory data reset) then ask them to remove the voicemail feature from your wireless account and then add it back on.
This will erase any saved voicemails that you have stored but your inbox will be like it’s brand new. You might have to setup your password again but your voicemail should be up and running and working correctly. Don’t forget to check it (if you can) while you still have your wireless provider on the phone. If they cannot get it to display properly then they will most likely give you some of the options available when you have problems fixing a phone.
Enjoy your working notifications and of course you’re working phone.