How to use an MP3 as a voicemail greeting

This isn't about how to upload an mp3 as a voicemail greeting, because as far as I'm aware, you can't do that.

But, there is another way to have an MP3 in there...

...and this method really isn't technical at all. Some might say it looks stupid when you do it. Embarrassing even. But, the important thing is - it works.

An old payphone sits wonkily on the wall

Ok, get ready to be blown away...

One On your computer, find the MP3 you want to use as your voicemail greeting. It might be part of a song, a clip from a film or the audio from a ridiculous video about the mating call of the bird of paradise.


Double click the MP3 so it opens in a media player. Stop it and get it back to the start of the track.


Turn your speakers on and turn them to somewhere between medium and high.

Lots of speakers


On your mobile phone, call your voicemail and go through the menu system as if you were going to record your voicemail message by speaking into the mouthpiece.


At the point where you would usually start talking to record a greeting, hold the mouth end of the phone a few inches away from one of your speakers.


Back on your computer, press play on the MP3.


When the MP3 ends, press the button on your phone that your voicemail box says will end the recording (usually # but sometimes *).


Listen back to the greeting message. If it sounds distorted, turn the volume of your speakers down and try again.


Don't expect it to sound as clear as it does through your speakers. You're listening to it on a phone call, where the audio gets crushed down significantly - voices, music, everything.

That's all there is to it.

I used this method for mine and I've had many clients do the same.

Of course, it doesn't have to be a sample from a film or your favourite music. It could be one of the pre-recorded voicemail greetings available in my shop! Or a totally bespoke answer message tailored to your needs.

And while you're here, take a listen to some examples of telephone messages...

Come on, I couldn't end a blog without several calls to action could I?! My name is Martin Whiskin and I am a voiceover artist based in Kent.

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