3 Reasons Your iPhone Go Straight To Voicemail

Last week, I found myself in a peculiar situation. I had just finished setting up my brand new iPhone, and within hours, I started receiving messages from friends and family saying they couldn’t get through to me. Confused and a little frustrated, I delved into the mystery of why my iPhone calls were going straight to voicemail. Through trial and error (and a few cups of coffee), I discovered a few reasons behind this modern-day inconvenience. And guess what? I’m here to share them with you.

1. Do Not Disturb Mode Is Activated

You’d be surprised how often this one trips people up! While I love the ‘Do Not Disturb’ feature for those moments when I need some peace and quiet, it can be a little sneaky. If this mode is on, all calls will be silenced, and they’ll go straight to voicemail.

How to fix it:
Open the Control Center by swiping down from the upper right corner of your iPhone screen. Look for the moon icon. If it’s highlighted, tap it to deactivate the mode. Alternatively, you can go to Settings > Do Not Disturb and toggle the switch off. For more details about the feature, you might want to check out Apple’s official guide on ‘Do Not Disturb’.

Do Not Disturb Mode Is Activated


2. A Specific Caller Is Blocked

I had a chuckle when I realized that one of my friends, Steve, was on my blocked list. How did that happen? Whether by accident or on purpose, it’s easy to block contacts on your iPhone. If someone’s calls are always going to voicemail, this might be the culprit.

How to fix it:
Go to Settings > Phone > Blocked Contacts. Browse through the list and see if the person trying to call you is on it. If they are, just swipe left on their name and tap “Unblock”. You can also learn more about blocking and unblocking contacts on Apple’s support page.

A Specific Caller Is Blocked

3. Call Forwarding Is Turned On

I never use call forwarding, but for some reason, it was active on my iPhone. This feature redirects incoming calls to another number, which could be why calls aren’t reaching you.

How to fix it:
Head to Settings > Phone > Call Forwarding. Ensure the toggle is turned off. If you’re unfamiliar with call forwarding or want a deeper dive, I found this useful guide to be particularly helpful.

Call Forwarding Is Turned On


After a few hours of playing detective with my iPhone, I managed to get things back in order. So, if you ever find yourself wondering why your iPhone is sending calls straight to voicemail, give these fixes a try. Remember, technology, as wonderful as it is, often comes with its quirks.

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Benjamin Johnson

Hey there, I'm Ben, the tech-savvy Founder and CEO of WinFixo.com. I've dedicated my life to helping fellow Windows users optimize their PCs for peak performance. Join me on this journey as we unlock the full potential of your Windows devices together!

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