How to use Google Voice

Google Voice is one of those services that people often say: "Does that still apply? Does anyone still use it?" But do not be fooled by its longevity: people still use it, and it's possible that also want it

Originally called GrandCentral before it was purchased by Google in 2009 and only updated intermittently, Voice is a telecommunications service that works in conjunction with your existing phone service and offers a free secondary phone number with voicemail , SMS capabilities and other services. Once your number is assigned (you are offered a variety to choose from), you can associate it with one or more landline or landline numbers.

When I first registered with Google Voice in 2009, the phone companies were still doing it. It was unnecessarily difficult to move your phone number if you were changing providers, so having a phone number that would move easily to any device you wanted to use made life much easier. That is no longer the case; But over the years, I've found that Voice is very helpful in many other ways.

For example, it is useful if you have more than one phone and want to make sure that important people in your life can easily find you; If you call your Voice number, you can set Voice to ring on all your phones. You can create a separate business number on your personal phone. It is useful if you occasionally use temporary phones (for example, I found it very useful when I was reviewing phones and wanted to take one with me for a couple of weeks). You can have a number to give to the providers and organizations with whom you want to stay in touch, but you could sell the number to people who call spam. And so on.

Google Voice is not, of course, the only service that offers additional numbers for your phone; There are also other services, such as Hushed and Burner. Although Voice's interface is a little outdated (despite a relatively recent update), and (this is Google) there is always the possibility that the company suddenly decides to get rid of it, it's a very good alternative.

you can register for Google Voice on the web or by downloading the Google Voice application from the Google Play Store or Apple App Store. I found it a little easier to do the initial registration through the web; however, the process is almost identical on a mobile phone.

Register in Google Voice

  • Go to https://voice.google.com/. If you have not already done so, sign in to your Google account; If you do not have a Google account, you will be asked to create one. You can read the Terms of Service and the Company's Privacy Policy if you wish. Do you accept them? OK, press "Continue."
  • Choose your Google Voice number. Google will give you the option of several locations in your region. If you do not like the first numbers, you can keep clicking "Show more" until you find one that you like. (No ad infinitum, of course, eventually, it will run out). Click on "Verify." Check what? Well, once you have selected your number, you should verify that you have an existing phone number to associate with the Google Voice number.
  • Note: You can only associate a unique phone number with a voice number. However, if you already have a Google Voice number associated with your current number and you want another number, there is one way to avoid it: use another virtual number. For example, I could create a Google Voice number with a muted number, and I should also be able to use a Skype number.
  • You will be asked to enter your current phone number so you can receive a text message Six-digit code (if you do not want to send a text message, you can choose to receive a phone call). Once you have the code, enter it where indicated.

That's it! You have linked your new Google Voice number to your existing number.

What now?

Adjust the voice to suit your needs

Well, there are a number of settings you can make, depending on how you want to use the service. Some are described below. These were tested using the mobile application on an Android phone; The interface for iOS devices is similar.

All the following modifications are available in the Application Settings section. If you are using the Android application, reach them by touching the three parallel lines in the top left of the home screen and then selecting Settings from the resulting menu.

Use Voice to make calls

  • Scroll down to and touch "Calls started from the phone application of this device."
  • Choose whether you want to make calls using your Google Voice number or your phone number. You can also choose which one you want to use each time you make a call, or simply use Voice for international calls. (National calls through Google Voice are free, while international calls have a fee, however, the rate for international calls is lower than that of your provider).

Receive incoming calls using voice

  • Scroll down and touch "Call Forwarding".
  • You will see a list of all devices that you have registered with your voice. Activate or deactivate the ones you want to use to receive voice calls.

Change your voicemail greeting

  • Scroll down and press "Voicemail Greeting".
  • You can use a "Google Subscriber". called is not available. Leave a message after the "or a little more personalized" tone is not available. Leave a message after the tone. "Or you can record your own.

Choose how you will be notified when you receive a message or you miss a call.

Scroll down and touch" Message notifications "or" Missed. " call notifications. "There are a variety of options you have here, the options are basically the same in both cases, options include:

  • Turn notifications on and off.
  • Show your notifications in the status bar. [19659031] Use lock screen notifications.
  • Choose a ringtone for a notification and / or vibrate the phone when a message comes in.

There is still More functions available in the Google Voice settings menu In addition to those already mentioned, you can activate or deactivate "Do not disturb" so that all calls are sent immediately to voice mail, record all incoming calls, get trans Your voice mail prompts through texts or email; hide your caller ID; and verify calls by listening to the name of a caller when attending.

Try the legacy Google Legacy

Google renewed the Google Voice web version in 2017, simplifying the interface to work with the company's Material Design. However, some users still prefer the older interface (especially because, despite the most popular UI, you can modify some aspects of the service more easily).

It's worth taking a look. To access the legacy version of Google Voice:

  • Go to the main site at https://voice.google.com.
  • In the upper left corner of the window, click on the three parallel lines. This will open the side menu (which previously only showed a few icons) and will add an icon and a legacy Google Voice tag. Click on that.
  • Look at your configuration by clicking on the gear icon in the upper right corner.

Messaging with Google Voice

Any description of Voice would be incomplete if messaging was not included. As with the phone number that comes with your phone's SIM card, you can use your Google Voice application to send a text message to any number that uses SMS; the application will use your voice number.

Unfortunately, however, the other Google applications are not so easy to use for voice messages. While you can call other people using Voice and they will see your Voice phone number, if you send a text message to someone who uses an application other than Voice (for example, the Google Messages app), the recipient will see that The text comes from the SIM number of your phone instead of your voice number.

There is one exception: you can use the Google Hangouts application to send and receive text messages using your Voice number (and only your Voice number – Hangouts are no longer an SMS application general in 2017). What will eventually happen to Hangouts is still in the air (it is expected to be for G Suite customers next October), but it is an option.

In summary

Google Voice has not experienced any dramatic changes in the last ten years But it can be very useful if you want to use a flexible phone number and, unlike other Google products, it seems to have staying power. Certainly worth trying.

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Updated: April 23, 2019 — 7:32 pm