How To Use Google Voice, An Amazing Free Phone Service

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In this blog post, I will thoroughly explain how to use Google Voice. If you have multiple phones with different numbers, you should consider using Google Voice.

How To Use Google Voice

Google Voice is a voice over IP (VoIP) service that gives you the ability to use one number for multiple devices.

 

Google Voice gives you the ability to consolidate your home number, personal number, and work number by replacing them with a new number, that’s 100% free.

 

You also have the ability to choose what devices ring when you receive phone calls.

 

Google Voice has been around for over a decade now and it’s still popular because it provides lots of useful features that people enjoy using.

 

What Is Google Voice?

 

Google Voice is a virtual phone service that provides free voice and text messaging, cheap international call rates, integration with Google Hangouts, voicemail transcription and more.

 

Google Voice was launched in 2009, at the time it was launched it provided a convenient way for users to abandon their landline and consolidate multiple phones to one phone number.

 

However, a few years later the smartphone industry evolved and smartphones became a necessity. Shortly thereafter there were a number of modern apps that provided similar features to Google Voice.

 

At this time Google Voice became less popular and it remained dormant for years. It seemed as though Google had lost interest in Google Voice.

 

Then in 2017 Google made some major improvements to Google Voice. This service is only available in the U.S. and it uses VoIP, this gives you the ability to make voice calls on a standard broadband internet connection.

 

Google Voice is very popular among small businesses in the U.S. today because it gives them the ability to keep their costs down and it’s extremely convenient. The only things you need are a microphone and a good internet connection.

 

Is Google Voice Free?

 

Yes, Google Voice is free and it’s free to use most of the features. However, if you would like to make international calls, you will have to pay for it.

 

Google Voice Rates:

 

The international calling rates on Google Voice is much better than that of your cell phone service providers.

 

If you would like to know how much it would cost to call a particular country, you can click here to visit the Google Voice website to find out.

 

Google Voice Features:

 

Google has reinvented Google Voice within the past few years, this was necessary because some of its best features became obsolete as modern apps emerged.

 

Nevertheless, I will tell you about some Google Voice features that are still prominent today.

 

Free Text Messages & Phone Calls:

You can text or call anyone in the U.S. and Canada for free. This is useful because if you call through your carrier you will have to pay for it.

Nevertheless, these features are no longer exclusive to Google Voice because there are quite a few apps that offer free VoIP calls, some of these apps include Skype, WhatsApp, and Facebook.

 

Affordable International Calls:

Most people are familiar with Skype and the fact that it allows you to make international voice and video calls, Skype has a free and a paid option.

Google Voice works in a similar manner, you will have to pay a small international fee when making international calls.

The Google Voice international calling rates vary between one to five cents per minute. It all depends on the country you’re calling.

These rates are extremely affordable, and they are significantly cheaper than the rates that you receive from your cell phone service providers.

 

Voicemail Transcriptions:

Voicemail transcriptions rely on algorithms to transform your voicemails into text, then it automatically sends them to your email or inbox.

 

Personalized Greetings:

This is a feature that gives you the ability to create different voicemail greetings for specific people or groups.

 

Call Forwarding:

Google Voice gives you a free phone number that you can use to consolidate multiple phones.

After call forwarding has been set up all calls made to any of your phone numbers will be rerouted to your Google Voice number.

You can consolidate up to six numbers and you have the ability to control where you receive calls.

For example, you can dedicate one phone to ring when you receive calls from friends and family and another phone for work calls.

 

Group Messaging:

When Google revamped Google Voice in 2017 they added support for group and photo MMS messaging.

 

Record Calls:

You have the ability to record calls by pressing #4 on the dial pad. It’s always good to let the person on the other end know that you are going to record them before you do it.

 

How To Setup Google Voice:

 

You must download the Google Voice app from the Google Play Store or the Apple App Store. After you install the app and open it, you must link it to your Google account.

 

To be able to use this app you must have a Gmail email address to be able to sign in. After you’ve signed in for the first time, you must decide if you would like to keep your current number or get a new one.

 

If you would like to use a new number, you must press “Search” when asked. Then you must decide the area code you would like for your new number by putting in the name of a city.

 

For example, if I would like a (617) number, I will look up Boston. If you would like more versatility when selecting your new number, you should set this up on your computer on the desktop site instead.

 

After you have chosen your number, you must link it to your cell phone or tablet to be able to make and receive Google Voice calls.

 

To do this, you must put in your cell phone number, this gives you the ability to use call forwarding.

 

After setting this up when someone calls your new Google Voice number, the device that has your existing SIM card will ring.

 

How To Use Google Voice:

 

After following the steps above you must decide whether or not you would like to use your new Google Voice number or your original cell phone number when you make calls from the device that you have set it up on. There are four options to choose from:

 

Yes (all calls)

All calls made from your device will use your new Google Voice number.

Yes (international calls only)

Your Google Voice number will be used exclusively for international calls and your original cell phone number will be used for all domestic calls.

Select number before each call

You will be prompted before each outgoing call, you will be asked if you want to use your original cell phone number or Google Voice number.

No

You will continue to use your original cell phone number.

 

You must make your selection, however, if you change your mind at a later time you have the ability to change your selection from the settings.

 

After setting up your number, you will arrive at the main page this is where you can send text messages, make phone calls, see your call history, and listen to your voicemails.

 

If your number was set up from the Google Voice app, then you just have to login to your account to use it on the desktop site.

 

However, if your account was set up on the desktop site, then you must go to the Google Voice website, go into the settings menu and select “Linked numbers.”

 

Then you must input the number you would like to use.

 

Now you know how to use Google Voice but if you have any questions or comments about this information, please feel free to leave them in the comment section below.

 

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