How to Get Rid of that Annoying Voicemail Icon When You Have No Voicemail (Android)

Every now and then, that little voicemail icon thinks it’s funny.

Voicemail Icon Vignette


Even when you don’t have a voicemail, it decides it wants to say hi and pester you in a non-dismissable notification at the top of your phone.

So, if you have checked your voicemail and there’s clearly none left but the icon won’t seem to get the hint, there is a way to remove the icon manually.

Essentially, what has happened is the phone’ never received┬áthe notification from the network that everything is read and it can clear that icon. So, what we can do is force the phone to recheck for that message by clearing its data/cache.

Here’s a quick way to remove the voicemail notification icon on your Android phone.

  1. Head to Settings by pulling down the notification shade and tapping the gear icon.Settings
  2. Tap on Apps.App Settings
  3. Tap on Phone.Phone Settings
  4. Tap on Data Usage.Data Usage
  5. Tap Clear Data, then tap Clear Cache.Phone Data & Cache
  6. Reboot the phone.

After that, you should no longer see the voicemail icon and be free of its tortuous presence.

Hope that helped some of you guys and feel free to let me know what you thought in the comments below or leave other ways to get rid of the voicemail icon for others who might need it there, as well.

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  • NetraAmorosi

    Doesn’t work for me.