Google Voice is an internet-based service that gives your contacts one voice number and forwards it to multiple phones. So, as you change service providers, jobs, or homes, your phone number stays the same for people trying to reach you.
Google Voice also screens calls, blocks numbers, and applies rules to each caller. When you receive a voicemail message, Google Voice transcribes it and sends you an email or text message alert.
What You Need to Use Google Voice
To use Google Voice, you need your own phone and, in most cases, a regular phone number. The exception is the Google Project Fi, which enables your Google Voice number to become your regular number.Google
Google Voice accounts are free. The only actions Google charges for are making international calls and changing your Google Voice phone number after you create your account.
Your phone company may also charge you for various actions, depending on your plan.
Find a Number and Verify Phones
Google Voice lets you select a phone number from the available pool. Be aware that changing your number costs money, so choose a good one. Many carriers give the option of using the number they assigned to you as your Google Voice number, but doing so means you'll lose a few Google Voice features.
Once you have a Google Voice number, set up and verify the numbers you want it to ring. Be aware that Google won't let you:Input phone numbers that you don't have access to.Forward to the same number on multiple Google Voice accounts.Use Google Voice without at least one verified phone number on record.
To make calls through your Google Voice account, access the website. It will dial both your phone and the number you're trying to reach, and connect the two.
You can also use the Google Voice phone app to dial directly.
Make International Calls
You can only forward Google Voice calls to U.S. numbers. However, you can use the service to place international calls. To do so, purchase credits through Google. Then, use the Google Voice website or the mobile app to make your call.
You can forward your calls to multiple numbers at the same time. This feature is handy if, for example, you want your home landline number and your mobile number to ring when someone calls you. You can also set numbers to ring during certain times of the day. For instance, between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. on weekdays, you may want your work number to ring, while in the evening and on weekends you want it to be your mobile number.
Receiving a voice call forwarded from Google Voice is similar to receiving one on your mobile phone. Choose to either answer the call or send it directly to voicemail. New callers are asked to state their name. Then, you decide how to handle the call.
You can also choose to set certain numbers to always go directly to voicemail.
Google Voice allows you to set your own voicemail greeting. When you receive a voicemail message, you can play it back, view the transcription, or do both karaoke-style. You can view the message on the website or in the Google Voice phone app.
Use the Phone App
The Google Voice app allows you to use the service for visual voice mail, and to use Google Voice as your outgoing phone number on your mobile phone, so anyone you call sees your Google Voice number in their caller ID.