Leaving an awkward voice mail? Rerecord with a keypad shortcut

The next time you catch yourself stumbling through a message, stop and rerecord with this tip.

You're leaving a voice mail, when suddenly, an awkward utterance slips, leaving you stumbling through the rest of your dialogue. You clumsily say goodbye. Hang up. Facepalm.

Considering the modern-day text-to-phone call ratio, this situation isn't uncommon. We're so accustomed to crafting perfectly composed text messages and e-mails, that our phone skills are diminishing.

But despite the upsetting trend, voice mails are here to stay. Whether you're calling up your boss or wishing someone a happy birthday, a phone call is the way to go.

So the next time you're leaving a voice mail, and you catch yourself stumbling, stop and rerecord the message.

Here's the deal: This trick works best when you know which carrier the recipient uses, as each carrier uses a different shortcut for rerecording. However, if you're unsure, you can usually just tap star (*) or pound (#) and one of those will work.

For your reference, here's what you should tap to rerecord a voice mail, based on the recipient's carrier:

If the recipient has...

  • Verizon: tap *
  • AT&T: tap *
  • Sprint: tap * or # then 3
  • T-Mobile: tap # then 3
About the author

Sharon Profis is a CNET How To expert who cooks up DIY projects, in-depth guides, and little-known tricks that help you get the most out of your tech. During her four years at CNET, she's covered social media, funky gadgets, and has shared her tech knowledge on CBS and other news outlets.


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