How to Access the Answering Machine on My Landline AT&T Phone

By Candice Abrams

Voice mail service has replaced traditional answering machines on modern phones.
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AT&T provides local and long-distance service to its customers. When shopping for a telephone plan, you may also purchase a landline phone from AT&T. Its landline phones make it simple for you to access your answering system and listen to your messages. The service functions are similar to any other answering machine; however, you don't have a physical answering machine in your home. Instead, you access the voice mail service through your landline phone. From there, you have the option to record a greeting, delete messages and create a password.

Step 1

Dial "*98" from your AT&T landline phone. This gives you instant access to the AT&T answering machine system.

Step 2

Enter "1234" as your password. This is a temporary password provided by AT&T. Follow the prompts to change your password. It must be four digits long, but no longer than 15 digits.

Step 3

Press "2" to record your greeting. Record your message at the tone. Press "1" to play it back. Rerecord your message if you don't like it.

Step 4

Press "5" to set up extensions, if you have Voice Mail Plus. This allows you to assign certain callers to numbered extensions. Follow the prompts to create additional extensions.