Methods to use Google Voice


Google Voice is a type of providers of which individuals are inclined to say, “Is that also round? Does anybody nonetheless use it?” However don’t be fooled by its longevity: folks do nonetheless use it — and it’s potential that you could be need to as nicely.

Initially referred to as GrandCentral earlier than it was purchased by Google in 2009 and solely intermittently up to date since, Voice is a telecommunications service that works together with your current cellphone service and affords a free secondary cellphone quantity with voicemail, SMS capabilities, and different providers. As soon as your quantity is assigned (you’re given a range to select from), you’ll be able to affiliate it with one or a number of mobile or landline cellphone numbers.

Once I first signed up for Google Voice in 2009, cellphone carriers had been nonetheless making it unnecessarily troublesome to maneuver your cellphone quantity if you happen to had been altering carriers, so having a cellphone quantity that simply moved to no matter gadget you wished to make use of made life so much simpler. That’s not the case; however over time, I’ve discovered Voice immensely useful in various different methods.

For instance, it’s helpful when you’ve got multiple cellphone, and need to be sure that the vital folks in your life can simply discover you; in the event that they name your Voice quantity, you’ll be able to set Voice to ring all your telephones. You’ll be able to create a separate enterprise quantity in your private cellphone. It’s useful if you happen to sometimes use short-term telephones (for instance, I discovered it very helpful once I was reviewing telephones and wished to hold one round with me for a few weeks). You’ll be able to have a quantity to present to distributors and organizations that you simply need to be in contact with, however which could promote the quantity to spam callers. And so forth.

Google Voice is, after all, not the one service that gives further numbers in your cellphone; there are different providers on the market as nicely, reminiscent of Hushed and Burner. Though Voice’s interface is a bit old school (regardless of a comparatively latest replace), and (this being Google) there’s at all times the prospect that the corporate will all of the sudden resolve to do away with it, it’s an excellent various.

You’ll be able to join Google Voice both on the internet or by downloading the Google Voice app from Google Play Retailer or Apple’s App Retailer. I discovered it barely simpler to do the preliminary sign-up by way of the online; nonetheless, the method is almost equivalent on a cell phone.

Join Google Voice

  • Go to For those who haven’t already, sign up to your Google account; if you happen to don’t have a Google account, you’ll be requested to create one. You’ll be able to learn the Phrases of Service and the corporate’s Privateness Coverage if you happen to like. Do you settle for them? Okay, press “Proceed.”
  • Select your Google Voice quantity. Google will provide you with a selection of a number of areas in your area. For those who don’t like the primary few numbers, you’ll be able to maintain clicking on “Present Extra” till you discover one you want. (Not advert infinitum, after all; ultimately, you do run out.) Click on on “Confirm.” Confirm what? Properly, when you’ve chosen your quantity, you must confirm that you’ve an current cellphone quantity to affiliate with the Google Voice quantity.
  • Word: you’ll be able to solely affiliate a single cellphone quantity with a Voice quantity. Nevertheless, if you happen to’ve already received a Google Voice quantity related together with your present quantity and also you need one other, there’s a method round it — use one other digital quantity. For instance, I used to be in a position to create a Google Voice quantity utilizing a Hushed quantity, and you must have the ability to use a Skype quantity as nicely.
  • You’ll be requested to enter your current cellphone quantity so that you will be texted a six-number code (if you happen to don’t need to textual content, you’ll be able to choose to obtain a cellphone name). When you’ve received the code, enter it the place indicated.

That’s it! You’ve linked your new Google Voice quantity to your current quantity.

So what now?

Modify Voice to fit your wants

Properly, there are a selection of changes you may make, relying on the way you need to use the service. Just a few are described under. These had been examined utilizing the cellular app on an Android cellphone; the interface for iOS units is analogous.

All the following tweaks can be found within the Settings part of the app. For those who’re utilizing the Android app, attain them by tapping on the three parallel traces on the highest left of the house display screen, after which selecting Settings from the ensuing menu.

Use Voice to make calls

  • Scroll right down to and faucet on “Calls began from this gadget’s cellphone app.”
  • Select whether or not you need to make calls utilizing your Google Voice quantity or your cellphone’s quantity. You too can select which you need to use every time you make a name, or simply use Voice for worldwide calls. (Home calls by means of Google Voice are free, whereas worldwide calls do have a charge. The charge for worldwide calls is probably going lower than your provider’s, nonetheless.)

Obtain incoming calls utilizing Voice

  • Scroll right down to and faucet on “Name forwarding.”
  • You’ll see an inventory of all of the units you’ve registered with Voice. Toggle “on” those who you need to use to obtain Voice calls.

Change your voicemail greeting

  • Scroll right down to and faucet on “Voicemail greeting.”
  • You should use a common “The Google subscriber you’ve got referred to as will not be accessible. Please depart a message after the tone,” or a barely extra personalised “<identify of particular person> will not be accessible. Please depart a message after the tone.” Or you’ll be able to document your personal.

Select how you’re notified when you’ve got a message or miss a name.

Scroll right down to and faucet on “Message notifications” or “Missed name notifications.” There are a selection of choices you’ve got right here; the alternatives are mainly the identical in each circumstances. Choices embody:

  • Toggle notifications on and off.
  • Show your notifications within the standing bar.
  • Use lock display screen notifications.
  • Select a ringtone for a notification and / or vibrate the cellphone when a message is available in.

There are much more options accessible within the Google Voice settings menu. Moreover these already talked about, you’ll be able to toggle “Don’t disturb” on or off, so that every one calls are despatched instantly to voicemail; document all incoming calls; get transcripts of your voicemail by way of texts or e mail; conceal your caller ID; and display screen calls by listening to a caller’s identify once you decide up.

Attempt Legacy Google Voice

Google revamped the online model of Google Voice in 2017, simplifying the interface in order that it labored with the corporate’s Materials Design. Nevertheless, some customers nonetheless want the older interface (particularly since, regardless of the extra crowded UI, you’ll be able to extra simply tweak among the features of the service).

It’s price testing. To entry the Legacy model of Google Voice:

  • Go to the primary website at
  • On the higher left nook of the window, click on on the three parallel traces. This can open up the facet menu (which earlier than solely confirmed a number of icons) and can add an icon and label for Legacy Google Voice. Click on on that.
  • Check out your settings by clicking on the gear icon on the higher proper nook.

Messaging with Google Voice

Any description of Voice can be incomplete if messaging wasn’t included. As with the cellphone quantity that comes together with your cellphone’s SIM, you should use your Google Voice app to textual content to any quantity that makes use of SMS; the app will use your Voice quantity.

Sadly, nonetheless, Google’s different apps aren’t all that pleasant to Voice messaging. Whilst you can name others utilizing Voice and they’ll see your Voice cellphone quantity, if you happen to textual content to somebody utilizing an app apart from Voice (say, Google’s Messages app), the recipient will see the textual content as coming from the variety of your cellphone’s SIM slightly than your Voice quantity.

There may be one exception: you can use Google’s Hangouts app to ship and obtain textual content messages utilizing your Voice quantity (and solely your Voice quantity; Hangouts stopped being a common SMS app again in 2017). What is going to ultimately occur to Hangouts continues to be up within the air (it’s as a consequence of be sunsetted for G Suite clients this coming October), however it’s an choice.


Google Voice has not skilled any dramatic adjustments over the previous ten years. However it may be very helpful if you would like a versatile cellphone quantity to make use of — and in contrast to another Google merchandise, it appears to have endurance. It’s actually price a attempt.

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