What Does It Mean When Someone’s Phone Goes Straight to Voicemail?

  • By: Phil Taylor
  • Time to read: 4 min.

It can be very frustrating when you call someone and they go straight to voicemail. It’s even more frustrating when they ring a few times and then go to voicemail, you know they’ve cut you off. In this article, we’ll take a look at why this happens and how to stop this from happening.

The first thing we need to consider is why people send you straight to voicemail.

When someone’s phone goes straight to voicemail, it means that they are not available, but why?

5 Reasons A Phone Goes Straight To Voicemail

There are 5 possible reasons if you hear one ring and it goes to voicemail.

1. Their Phone Is off.

The most common reason someone’s phone goes straight to voicemail is their phone is turned off or the battery has run out of power.

2. Call Diverted.

If you’re like me, you spend a lot of time on the road. When I’m in the car, I don’t have to worry about being distracted by phone calls because it’s set to automatically divert and go straight to voicemail when it recognizes that I’m driving.

I also set my phone to divert calls when I’m in a meeting.

3. No Signal.

Most built-up areas have signals, but the more rural you go, the more likely it is that you will have no signal. Cities even have “blind spots.” If you call someone and it goes straight to voicemail, this could be the reason.

4. You’re Blocked.

If you only hear one ring then it could be that the person you’re trying to ring has blocked you.

5. They Don’t Want To Speak To You.

Another reason why someone would have their phone go straight to voicemail is that they do not want to speak with the person calling them. Have you done something to upset them?

How Do We Get Around This?

There is a solution to when a phone goes straight to voicemail and it is to call that person on Whatsapp, Facetime or Messenger. If the person has no signal but is connected to WiFi they can still pick up their phones.

Another way around this is to send them a text or email if you drop a read receipt to see if they pick it up. The read receipt is a feature that will show you when the person you sent an email or text message has opened it. This can be a helpful way of checking if they are on their phone, in a meeting, or otherwise unable to respond.

Question And Answers 

1. When someone’s phone goes straight to voicemail, what does it mean?

There are generally two reasons why a phone goes straight to voicemail. One reason is that the person has their phone turned off. The other reason is that the person has set their phone to do not disturb mode.

2. What are some possible reasons why someone’s phone might go straight to voicemail?

  • The person’s phone may be turned off or out of battery.
  • The person may have set their phone to do not disturb or to automatically send calls to voicemail.
  • The person may be in an area with poor or no cell coverage.
  • The person may be on the phone with someone else.

3. If you try to call someone and their phone goes straight to voicemail, what should you do?

If you receive someone’s voicemail directly when you try to call them, it could mean that their phone is turned off, they’re in an area with no service, or they’re screening their calls. If you believe it to be the latter, you could try calling them back at a different time or send them a text message.

4. What are some tips for leaving a good voicemail message?

Some general tips that may be useful include: keeping the message brief, avoiding background noise, clearly stating your name and purpose for calling, and being polite. Additionally, it may be helpful to try to anticipate what information the recipient might need or want to know and to structure the voicemail accordingly.

5. How can you tell if someone has blocked your number from their phone? 

If someone blocks your number from their phone, you will no longer be able to call them or send them messages. Additionally, if you are already on a call with someone and they block your number, the call will disconnect.

6. Are you blocked if it goes straight to voicemail?

It is difficult to say definitively because it could be due to a number of reasons such as a busy signal, the person’s phone being turned off, or they could have set their phone to go straight to voicemail. Best to try them over a few days to work out if your number is blocked.


If someone’s phone goes straight to voicemail, it can be hard to figure out why this is the case. There are a few things you can do to try and resolve this. If, on the other hand, you have tried to reach out and you have definitely been blocked, then it’s time to move on and stop wasting energy on that person.

If you enjoyed reading this article, please check out my detailed post on digital body language here.