Call goes straight to voicemail | 10 ways How to Fix


Call goes straight to voicemail iPhone

Have you ever had an experience whereby the incoming call goes straight to voicemail without ringing, I remember the last time I had an issue like this, I did not take it seriously until the issue became persistent, and then I began to ask myself, "Why are my calls going straight to voicemail?" Then I asked someone close to me to try calling me; my phone didn't ring instead went straight to voicemail. 

Your phone automatically sending every one of your incoming calls to voicemail is not only frustrating but could also make you miss an important or emergency call in which your attention is needed at that moment. However, there are many reasons behind it; below are some of the reasons we think could be the cause and how to fix them.

Reasons a call goes straight to voicemail without ringing on iPhone

If your incoming calls keep going straight to voicemail, you can try the following troubleshooting guide:

Turn off airplane mode.

The first thing you need to check is whether there's a barrier between your SIM card server and your phone. You may have accidentally turned on "airplane mode," which could prevent your phone from connecting to your network server and also send all incoming calls directly to voicemail. When you turn on airplane mode, it'll disable all the wireless transmitters on your phone.


How to turn off airplane mode

Airplane mode is an inbuilt feature for all Android and iPhone devices. However, many people consider Do Not Disturb and airplane mode to be the same. They're different. You can check our next article to know the difference between them and also bedtime mode. To disable airplane mode on your phone,
  • Swipe down your phone screen from the top to view the control panel of your phone.
  • Examine if the airplane mode is on.
  • Turn it off by tapping on the airplane mode icon in the panel's center.

Restart your phone.

In some cases, if the issue is persistent, you may need to restart your phone by long-pressing the power button and tapping on "restart." This will also restore the entire operating system of your phone, including your phone storage.

Disable Do Not Disturb

Check your phone settings to see if this feature is on. One of the reasons why your phone didn't ring is because you have "Do Not Disturb" turned on. This often happens when you put your phone in your pocket and forget to lock the screen; perhaps the control panel center swipes down and Do Not Disturb then turns on. 
  • Pick up your phone.
  • Swipe down the screen of your phone from the top to open the control panel.
  • Verify whether Do Not Disturb is on. Tap the icon to turn off "Do Not Disturb."
  • Open your phone's settings.
  • Select sound and vibration.
  • Check if the Do Not Disturb option is on and toggle the switch to the left or right to turn it off.

Unblock the number from your blocked list.

Check if the number trying to call you is on your blocked list. Your phone may be sending some of your incoming calls to voicemail, mainly because you have manually blocked such contacts, but it may also happen accidentally. Learn how to block and unblock phone numbers.

Disable call forwarding.

Android devices from version 8.0 and upward have this feature, where you can purposely direct incoming calls to another number. This can therefore lead to incoming calls going straight to voicemail on your phone. To verify if that could be the problem of your iPhone calls going straight to voicemail or to disable any call forwarding features;
  • Open the settings on your iPhone.
  • Select phone
  • Tap on call forwarding.
  • Check if it is on (if it shows a light green button), and then turn it off by toggling the switch to the left. But on an Android device, the steps are quite different. Below are the steps to follow:
  • Open your phone's app.
  • Tap on the three dots in the top-right corner.
  • Select settings
  • Selecting call forwarding or voicemail depends on the type of Android.

Disconnect the Bluetooth device.

Sometimes, we prefer to listen to music or watch movies with an earbud or other Bluetooth device like a speaker and forget to turn the Bluetooth off even while we're not using it. 

NOTE: When you don't turn off Bluetooth for a long time, by the time you disconnect it, your phone may refuse to go to speaker mode, which means you'll need to restart your phone. 

Pull down your phone screen from the top to open your phone's control panel center, check if the Bluetooth is on, turn it off, and possibly restart your phone if it's been too long since your Bluetooth was on.

Turn up the ringing volume.

If your ringing volume is too low, you may miss the incoming calls, and the call may find its way to voicemail. Too low a ringing volume can even make you miss an important call and could be the cause of a phone call goes straight to voicemail. Therefore, increase your ringing volume.

Allow an unknown number.

An unknown number, otherwise known as a private number, is a form of strategy that digital marketers or telecom networks use to contact their clients or customers. However, in the process of blocking the unknown number, you might have mistakenly blocked another number. Check if the incoming call is not from one of your blocked contacts. Learn how to unblock a number on your iPhone.

Check your mobile network.

Your network provider may be out of service or having technical issues that could prevent all their customers from making or receiving calls at that moment. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: My phone goes straight to voicemail without ringing.

  • Ans: Try any of the above troubleshooting steps, but if the issues persist, you may need to change your SIM card. However, insert the SIM into another phone and test it. This will help you analyze the issue and find a possible solution to it.

Q: My phone goes straight to voicemail on my iPhone.

  • Ans.   Whether your phone is an iOS or Android version, I strongly believe that one of these troubleshooting steps will resolve the issue. 
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