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How to Deactivate Google Voice Voicemail and Return to iPhone Visual Voice Mail

on Jul 7, 10 • by • with 53 Comments

Have you ever set up Google Voice with your iPhone?  Well if you ever want to stop Google Voice from being your iPhone’s default voicemail then follow these simple steps: To deactivate forwarding and return to regular visual voicemail enter ##61# and hit call. If you are on AT&T in the United States and you...

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Have you ever set up Google Voice with your iPhone?  Well if you ever want to stop Google Voice from being your iPhone’s default voicemail then follow these simple steps:

  1. To deactivate forwarding and return to regular visual voicemail enter ##61# and hit call.
  2. If you are on AT&T in the United States and you not only want to deactivate regular voicemail but your busy voicemail as well, enter ##004# and hit call.

In case you are asking why?, well lets just say Google Voice is not all that it is cracked up to be.

UPDATE 2/13/12:
This article gets quite a few hits. I wrote this back in 2010 before the iPhone made its way to Verizon and Sprint. I am not sure how to remove Google Voice from those networks as I do not own an iPhone on the networks. Sorry if this does not help you in your quest.

UPDATE 12/8/12:  I discovered how to deactivate Google Voice on Verizon and Sprint.  For Verizon dial *73 and for Sprint dial *38.  I hope this answers some of the questions from others seeking help on the other two major carriers in the United States.

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53 comments
rrpawluk
rrpawluk

When I activated Google Voice and it gave the code to activate call forwarding it said in plain English you can deactivate with another code.  Then they hide the code.  All these good people all over the internet trying to get out of a shitty service... and do they help. I should have known.  Any internet option that makes difficult to uninstall is wicked and I avoid.  But Google luring you to every service of theirs-- and then tricking you.  yes criminal. And they are all clunky -- even Google maps is not user helpful... egomaniacs to be avoided except for search engine...

ChristinePorter1
ChristinePorter1

Thank you so much! Good grief, you first found the solution back in 2010 and it is still an issue today in 2014, I cannot believe it!  I have been so frustrated by not being able to turn it off, the transcript does an incredibly HORRIBLE job of transcribing voice to text. I have missed so many business calls due to the incoherent translations. Thank you Thank you Thank you!

dakla
dakla

just did *73 and its gone hooray

sophiekostovski2003
sophiekostovski2003

I don't know I call *38 because I have sprint it rang and it made beeping noises for ten seconds and it didn't work I think I should call my iPhone 5 a google voice 5 :(((((((

LilyLorentzen
LilyLorentzen

awww man google voice is the worst. total trap too. haven't been able to have any voicemail on my phone for hte last 4 months and att has no clue what to do !!!!! after this seriously not liking google. can't believe they haven't had any consequences for this.  .. its practically criminal 

 

TenlitlIndians
TenlitlIndians

You are a beautiful human being. You've saved my voicemail. Thank you.

Joshoowa
Joshoowa

SO CLUTCH! Thank you so much!

Jesey
Jesey

I can't even dial this one dial from AT&T dial pad or google voice .both way I can't dial .when I dial its come dismissed both number what to Do after jt .

rob
rob

THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!

Drew
Drew

Thhhhhhhaaaaaannnnnnkkkkkk yoooooooooouuuuuuuu!!!!!!!!!

Boiseboy
Boiseboy

this is great help...i spent a long time with att customer service to fix the problem...and still they could not do it...thanks a lot...btw nice picture of capitol blvd there...

Joanna
Joanna

thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you.  I was insane.  Over a year i've suffered with this.  Missing calls all the time as my phone rang only a couple times.  Now, I am freeeeee.  You rock!

Lourdes_william86
Lourdes_william86

useful information...got mad without knowing it for almost a day

Manos
Manos

Thank you!! Another satisfied customer!

Doug Van Diepen
Doug Van Diepen

On my IPhone4 with Verizon, the *73 Send worked great.

Rem61107
Rem61107

On the Droid3 if you use *73 it will disable google voice. Got it directly from Verizon Wireless.

Renarde
Renarde

Thank you, thank you, thank you, THANK YOU! Having never *activated* Google Voice voicemail, I was very annoyed when I couldn't "deactivate" it. And this information is not in *any* of the Google forums I could find. It's such a relief to have my iPhone visual voicemail back!!!!!

Km23
Km23

thank you!!! I am FREEEE Google Voice SUCKS!!!!

Sharhondaray
Sharhondaray

Thank you and I only had it 2 days----sucks it even locked my emails

SDL
SDL

how would I do this with a sprint iphone?

Krdrco
Krdrco

Do you hit the Dismiss button after you enter teh ##61# call

Veronicat1981
Veronicat1981

Hello JT, thank you so much for your help... in my case it´s a little more complicated than that and I wanted to know if you can help me. I have a GV phone number for my business and a personal phone number with at&t. I forwarded the GV to my iPhone. I would like to have two different voicemails one for my business, one for my personal calls, but if I activate GV voicemail all my calls go there. Hope you can help, thank you! :-)

Claudia
Claudia

omg thank you sooo much!! There was going to be violence!

Ossito_1
Ossito_1

man, you saved me, been stuck for about a week , lol, thanks

SG
SG

when i try ##61# i get "setting erasure succeeded Fax Call Forwarding when unanswered"  and my only option on the iphone is Dismiss, which seems not to do anything. Please HELP.  I HATE GOOGLE VOICE

Nazaka145
Nazaka145

Thanks a lot!, many many Thanks

peterwknox
peterwknox

Thank you so much for this. It's saved my sanity. I was stuck with GV for a year until now. I'm FREEEEEE at last!

GARY GNU
GARY GNU

you da man JT. i misunderstood when i activated this feature. nothing like friends on the internet. thought it meant something different. google voice is like an aggressive russia secretary that sets new standards in the office (that one must abide by, or else)......

Jerry Gao
Jerry Gao

very useful. followed ##61#, and deactivated Google Voicemail forwarding. Thanks. 

Rjwconsultant
Rjwconsultant

##61## is there something else I need to do...

Rjwconsultant
Rjwconsultant

I have the iphone and it still comes up as an error when I do ##61#

Guest
Guest

You are a life SAVER!!! Thank you so much!

Iamanoufan
Iamanoufan

Thank you very much. I have been trying to get google voice off my phone for a couple of weeks.

Geminilocz55
Geminilocz55

thank so much!! i hate google voice..took me hours for att and apple to deactivate and found this code and it worked.. thanks!!!

Ellis Benus
Ellis Benus

Not all it's cracked up to be?! How do you figure?

JT Ray
JT Ray

Thanks. I spent a long time on Google and with AT&T to find this fix. I was glad I could help.

Jdshort
Jdshort

Thank you! Google Voice jacked my voicemail for two days before I found your blog. Lots of pissed off customers are happy to actually reach me now. Great work.

tea
tea

Thank you sooooo much for this tip. It works and google voice really sucks for making this so complicated.

NathanMooney
NathanMooney

@Veronicat1981 i have the same issue have you found a solution?

JT Ray
JT Ray

I am not sure how to complete the process on the Verizon or Sprint

JT Ray
JT Ray

Did you also input ##004# ?

JT Ray
JT Ray

Glad I could help. My search to uncover this issue was quite the adventure.

Kanukenya
Kanukenya

Thanks much guys i just deactivated mine, it was just pain going through all this google voice crap.

Anwatts88
Anwatts88

 So what exactly does the ##04 do..?

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