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In this course, Garrick Chow provides in-depth instruction on all aspects of the Apple iPhone and iPod touch (OS 5.0): making calls, emailing, browsing the web, managing time, getting around town, taking notes, shooting photos, and listening to music. New features in iOS 5, including iMessage, the streamlined Notification Center, and Apple's new online storage solution, iCloud, are discussed in depth. The course also includes hands-on demonstrations of how to accurately type and efficiently use finger gestures, and includes tips for setting up the iPhone and iPod touch so they behave as expected. An extensive section on troubleshooting helps when the occasional glitches happen.
One of the big breakthroughs when the iPhone came out was Visual Voicemail, which lets you see a list of all your voicemail messages and then just tap the one you want to listen to. So, you don't have to navigate through a series of audio menus like you do with the voicemail systems on other phones. To hear a message, I suggest first turning on the speaker phone by tapping Speaker, unless you're at some place where you're concerned about other people hearing your voicemails. It's much easier to browse and listen to your voicemails over the iPhone's built-in speaker than it is to bring the phone to your ear. To listen to a voicemail, tap it once to select it and then tap it a second time to play it. (Male speaker: Hey Garrick. I just wanted you to catch up with you about our plans for Tuesday night.) (Male speaker: I've got the reservations all set and I think everything is ready.) While it's playing, you can tap it again to pause playback.
If you have a message you've never listened to before, it will have a blue bullet next to it. To play one of those, just tap it once. (Male speaker 2: Hey Garrick, it's Henry Jones. You know, I just want to double-check the time that you need me to deliver that sheet rock to the house.) Tap it once more to pick up where you left off. (Male speaker 2: So if you could give me a call back at your earliest convenience, that'd be great.) And probably most importantly you can drag the progress bar to the right and left to quickly jump back and forth in the voicemail. This is perfect for those times when someone leaves a long-winded voicemail message but doesn't leave his callback number to the very end or for when you just didn't quite catch what your caller said.
With the iPhone you don't have to sit and listen through the entire message again. Just drag to the end of the message. But of course, since this is visual voicemail, you probably won't need to listen for the caller's callback number since you can simply tap the Call Back button to instantly call back the number of the person who left the voicemail. You'll find more details about the call by tapping the blue arrow next to the voicemail, as well as options for texting the caller back or for adding this caller to your contacts list. Back on the main Voicemail screen, you can also tap the Delete button to delete a selected message. Notice you don't get any kind of confirmation notice. The selected message just disappears.
If you tap Delete by accident, you can scroll down to Deleted Messages where you'll find your recently deleted voicemails. You can play deleted voicemails from here or select it and tap Undelete to put the message back in your Voicemail box. Deleted messages stay here for 30 days, so you have plenty of time to go back and retrieve them. Or if you really need to delete a message before then, tap Clear All to instantly remove the deleted voicemails in this list. Back on the main Voicemail screen, tap Greeting to record your voicemail message. This is what people will hear when they call your phone and you don't answer.
Now, the very first time you enter the screen you'll be prompted to create a pin number. This is the only time you'll need to do this and you won't have to enter any codes to get your voicemail after this point as your iPhone will handle that in the background. All you need to do here is to make sure you're in a quiet area and then tap the Record button to record your message. "This is Garrick. Please leave a message." Stop the recording and then tap the Play button to listen to it. (Recording: This is Garrick. Please leave a message.) If you're happy with the recording, you're all set. If you want to try again, hit the Record button and repeat your message.
Or if you want to bypass having to record your own custom greeting, just tap Default and your callers will instead hear the boilerplate message that the person at your number is unavailable and to leave a message. Lastly, I just mentioned that the first time you access your voicemail, you'll be asked to enter a pin number but then after that you wouldn't have to enter the number again because your iPhone would remember it for you. If you do ever need to change your voicemail password for some reason, you can find the option for doing so by going to Settings > Phone > Change Voicemail Password.
Here you'll be prompted to enter your current password and then you'll be able to create a new one, but most likely you'll never have to come in here. And that's how you work with Visual Voicemail on your iPhone.
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