Do You Need Another Phone Number? How To Use Google Voice To Begin

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You probably only have one mobile phone number that you use to make and receive calls, send and receive text messages, and perform other associated functions. How about knowing the functions of Google Voice?

Read on to know all the advantages and how to use this powerful free tool!

For both personal and work-related phone conversations and text messages, though, you might occasionally use a different number. Or perhaps you’d prefer to use a different number while creating accounts on websites.

There are many alternatives, some free and some expensive, for obtaining a second phone number. Google Voice is a viable alternative, though.

You receive a dedicated phone number with the Google Voice VoIP service, which may have the same area code as your current number or general location. Any calls placed to your regular number are redirected to your Google Voice number so you may answer them directly.

Google offers audio and text transcriptions of the voicemail messages so you can read and listen to them when an unanswered call goes to voicemail. Additionally, you can use that second number on the Google Voice website as well as on your phone for calls and text messages.

The good news is that Google Voice and every function it offers are free for personal usage. The personal service is now only available to persons in the US, which is a drawback.

However, Google Voice is accessible to corporate and academic customers in the US and other limited global locations who have paid Google Workspace accounts.

You need a Google account and an active phone number in order to use Google Voice. Let’s now look at how to use this option as a backup phone number.

Configure Google Voice

Visit the Google Voice website and log in with your Google account to set up your number on a computer. Any of the popular browsers, including Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Firefox, or Safari, may be used. You are prompted to search for a number by city or area code on the page.

You can select any city or area code, but if you intend to offer the number to friends, coworkers, or other individuals, you should probably select one in or near your area.

To view the available numbers, enter a city or area code. If you want to see more numbers, click the Show more option. Then select the desired phone number by clicking the Select button.

You must now confirm your current phone number. On the following screen, click the Verify button. Click the Send code button after entering your phone number.

Click the Verify button after entering the code you were given. You are informed that your account has been linked to your phone number. Select Finish, then select Finish one more.

Utilize Google Voice online

Your Google Voice number is now usable on both the web and mobile devices. Let’s first test the webpage. A toolbar with icons for calls, messages, and voicemail is visible on your Google Voice website.

To listen to a message from Google Voice welcoming you to the service, click the voicemail button. To hear the message read out loud, press the play button.

Click the proper numbers on the dialpad to place the call in order to make a phone call from the internet. If you keep an address book on Google, you can call someone by starting to type their name and selecting them.

To prevent your regular phone number from being shared, your Google Voice number will appear on the other person’s Caller ID in either case.

You can mute the audio, put the call on hold, and use the keypad if you need to enter numbers to answer to a call menu while on the call. To end the call, simply click the phone symbol.

If someone calls you at your Google Voice number, you can answer it online, but bear in mind that the call will also be sent to your mobile device.

To answer the call, click the green phone icon. When the caller’s name is requested, Google tells you who it is. Open the keypad and press 1 to answer if you want to. Click 2 to direct the caller to your voicemail. If not, disconnect.

You can then listen to any left voicemails. On the left, select the Voicemail icon. Choose a certain voicemail. Although you might need to wait a few minutes before viewing the text for a fresh voicemail, the text transcription ought to emerge instantly. To hear the message, use the Play button.

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Click the Messages icon on the webpage to send a text message. Select “Send new message” from the menu. To choose the person you want to SMS, scroll through the list of contacts, or enter their phone number or name. Send your text by typing it at the bottom. The messages screen will also display any texts you receive.

On the internet, you may control your phone calls, texts, and voicemail. Choose a specific call, text, or voicemail to accomplish this. Click the Call or Message icon in the upper right to answer the caller by phone or text, depending on the item.

To view a menu with several options, click the three-dot icon. To add the individual to your address book, choose People. To send the item to the Archive folder, select Archive. If the call is spam, choose Mark as Spam.

To prevent further calls or texts from that number, select Block number. To save the message as an MP3 file, choose Download for voicemail. To delete it, choose Delete.

You can review and modify Google Voice’s settings on the website. To change your microphone, tone, and speakers, click the Audio options icon in the top right corner.

In the upper right corner, click the Settings icon. You can remove, unlock, or transfer your Google Voice number from the Settings menu.

Additionally, you can alter some voicemail and call settings, view any payment history, and enable security to block spam calls and texts.

Utilize Google Voice on a mobile device

Using the web page to manage calls and text messages is definitely possible if you’re seated in front of your computer with your Google Voice website open in your browser. Otherwise, you should download and set up the Google Voice app for free on your smartphone.

Download the app for Android or iOS. On both platforms, the Google Voice app functions and appears the same.

You should decide whether you want to utilize your mobile and Wi-Fi data or your carrier for calls before you start placing and receiving calls. Click the hamburger icon in the Google Voice app. Make and receive calls by going to Settings > Calls.

As with any VoIP service, the first Prefer Wi-Fi and mobile data option enables you to make an internet call. However, each call will use a tiny amount of data from your mobile plan.

The second Use Carrier option just uses your cell carrier to make the call, but if you don’t have unlimited minutes, you can be charged. Choose option one if you have a strong Wi-Fi connection and a limited number of minutes. If not, pick the second choice.

Tap the Calls button at the bottom and choose the dialpad icon to place a call. Next, either insert the phone number to call or choose the person’s name from the suggested list.

If you prefer, you can hit the Contacts icon at the bottom, choose the person you want to call, and then tap their phone number.

Your cell phone will ring when a call comes in to your Google Voice number. It follows the same procedure as the webpage. When the caller is asked for their name, you are informed of it.

To answer a call, press 1 on the dialpad, and to send it to voicemail, press 2. To access your messages, tap the Voicemail button at the bottom. The text is shown in the transcription. To hear the message, hit the play button.

To send a text message, either tap the contacts icon, choose the person you want to text, and then tap the text icon, or tap the Messages icon at the bottom, followed by the pencil icon. Send your text after typing it. You will see every SMS you receive in the same place.

Go to Settings in the mobile app to change Google Voice’s settings. There, you’ll discover options for messages, calls, voicemail, payments, and security.

Melissa Valentini

I am a journalist graduated from the University of New York. In addition, I write short stories and chronicles as a hobby. I currently write for the Techeneis.