How To Save Your Treasured Voice Mail Messages

How To Save Your Treasured Voice Mail Messages

htcgraphicYour mission is to learn how to back up all of those voice mail messages you’ve been saving and resaving, so that you can keep them safe and sound without worrying about losing them.   When we first started writing our books, I was really surprised to hear how many people have old voice mails on their phones and answering machines that they keep resaving over and over again for sentimental reasons.  For some people it’s the news of a new arrival to the family, or a job offer they’d been waiting for.  For others it’s the last message or the old voice mail greeting of a loved one who’s passed away. The problem with trying to save voice mail messages this way, is that one hiccup from a cell phone carrier or badly timed power outage and that message will be gone forever.  
That’s what happened to one woman.  When her fifteen year old son unexpectedly died in his sleep, she couldn’t bear to erase the greeting on his cell phone’s voicemail. So she kept his phone and service, just so she could call every once in a while to hear his voice.   Until one day when her cell phone carrier changed storage systems and lost his voicemail greeting.  
She was absolutely beside herself.  
Thankfully, weeks later, the cell phone carrier found the greeting, put it on a CD and sent it to her.  But when a recording is THAT important, you can’t just leave it up to chance, hoping that it never gets erased.   And backing it up is so easy to do, you’ll wonder why you didn’t do it months ago! 
Do you have a message that you want to save?  
Well the first thing you have to do is to figure out what method is best. 
Usually old messages are in one of three places.  
  • Your cell phone’s voice mail
  • A digital answering machine or landline voicemail system
  • Or an answering machine that uses a cassette tape
 Let’s Start With Your Cell Phone’s Voice Mail   
  • Most smartphones have an option within the voice mail to save the message to your Dropbox, iCloud or One Drive. That’s the easiest method, because your phone will save the recording for you, usually as an MP3.
  • Or you can save the file and email it to yourself.
  • Once the file is on your computer, store the message to your backup files as well as a portable hard drive for safe keeping
What If You Have An Older Cell Phone That Doesn’t Let You Save Your Messages As Files?
  • You can turn it into an MP3 with the MiCorder (we’ll cover this one in a minute)
  • Or you can call your cellphone carrier and ask them how to download a voice mail from your particular phone.
  • Or you can play the message on speakerphone and record it onto a digital recorder as an MP3 
What if Your Message Is On A Cassette Tape? 
The easiest way to archive it is to simply save the tape.  Which would be fine if this was just a simple message.  Since it’s not, and since cassettes have a habit of breaking, you really need to back up the message and save it to your computer as an MP3, for safekeeping.  
Our favorite tool to use for this – and also for backing up messages from older cell phones is a MiCorder.  It’s an amazing little device from Olens Technology you can find it at olenstechnology.com.  A MiCorder will record any kind of audio from any device, as long as it has a headphone jack, and save it as an MP3. 

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You just plug the patch cord (which is included) into your cassette player or your cellphone’s headphone jack, then play the message and MiCorder will turn it into an MP3 so you can transfer it to your computer for safe keeping.  It also works amazingly well to turn cassettes and vinyl albums into MP3s.   
Finally!  A way to get all your favorite old music onto our smartphone or tablet! 
What If Your Message Is On An Answering Machine With A Digital Chip Or A Landline Voicemail System? 
Play the message out loud on your digital answering system and record it onto a digital recorder, like your smartphone. 
If the message is on a landline voicemail system, use a speakerphone to play the message out loud and record it.  
This is also the best way to save a voicemail greeting from a smartphone, since a greeting can’t usually be saved like a message can. 
Or You Can Leave It To The Professionals
If you have an old cell phone with a treasured message or voicemail greeting on it on it and would rather leave the archiving to the professionals, it’s time to go to CBW Productions.  You can find them at www.cbwproductions.com.
They’ll make a copy of any message that’s on your cell phone’s voice mail and email you the MP3 copy.  Or if you would rather, they’ll send it to you on a CD.  
The next time someone leaves you a message that you never want to lose, do yourself a favor. Take five minutes to back it up.
And if you have any type of message that you need to back up that we didn’t cover here, let us know on the comments below, so we can help you figure it out. 
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I don’t know about you, but the most important keepsakes in our house are our old family photos, followed closely by our home movies and music. The problem is, grabbing piles of photo albums and all of the picture frames off the walls is hard to do if you have to get out of the house quickly. With How To Back Up Your Photos, Videos and Music, you’ll learn quick, easy steps to back up your print/digital photos, home movies, cassettes, vinyl albums and archive them in multiple, disaster proof locations. $12.95 Buy now at Amazon.com Read more about it

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Until then…
Here’s one of our brand new training videos.  Not only will you learn how to keep life’s little speed bumps from derailing your life, but you’ll also learn a little more about us and the story behind the Backup Plan Blog.   
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Big Changes To Google+

GooglePlus256-21Big changes afoot at Google.  They just announced that Google+ is being split into two different social media services — Google Streams and Google Photos.  If you’re on Google+ and want to back up the information and photos you have out there — just in case — here’s the way to do it from the Google support page.  To download items from your Google+ profile to your computer, use Google Takeout  (https://www.google.com/settings/takeout).
The tool can be especially helpful if you want to back up your data. What you can download includes:
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  • Your Google profile
  • Google Contacts
  • Stream
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