Virtual Phone Service and Voice Mail – Google Voice

Google Voice is a free virtual telephone service that allows you to manage multiple phone numbers and their calls.
For example, if you have a cell phone number, a land line number, and a business number, or a combination of either, one feature of Google Voice will allow you to forward calls from any of those numbers to one number, your google voice number. With Google Voice, you get the opportunity to choose an available phone number based on the area code you submit. Then you will be able to place or receive phone calls, forward calls, check voice mail, send text messages and view the activity online.

What you will need –

  • A Google Account – a Gmail acccount will work – use those credentials
  • A Computer or mobile phone with internet access – download Google Voice App to your cell phone ( Do not download Google Voice App to your computer)
  • U.S. phone number that can forward calls after ringing –
  • Note: Personal Accounts for Voice are free and only available in the U.S and parts of Canada

    See steps below to get started.

  • Go to voice.google.com, If you dont have a google account, click create an account and follow the prompts then sign in with the credentials you create.
  • If you have a gmail account already, click the Sign In option ( top right) to login with your credentials.
  • Search by city or area code for a number. Select the number you want. If there aren’t any numbers available in the area you want, try somewhere nearby. Voice doesn’t offer 1-800 numbers.
  • Your Google Voice account and number is set up. Now you can link other phone numbers and have Google Voice manage them.

    How to Link a phone number and designate it to manage your calls and texts.

  • On your computer, go to voice.google.com.
  • At the top right, click the Settings icon
  • Under Linked numbers, click New linked number
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  • Enter the phone number to link.
  • To verify your number, Voice will send a six-digit code:

  • If the number you are linking is a mobile number, click Send code and Voice sends the code in a text message to the phone. Enter the code and then click Verify.
  • If it’s a landline number, click the verify by phone link, and then click Call. Voice calls the phone number and gives the code.
  • You can link up to 6 numbers. If you link a number, calls to your Voice number also ring your linked numbers. You can’t link a number that’s linked to a different Google Voice number.

    Tip: To get calls on your computer, voice.google.com needs to be open – do not download Google Voice App to your computer

    Some VOIP numbers such as government office numbers may not work with Google Voice because conditional call forwarding is restricted ; however, after setting up your Google number, you have the option to give out that number to clients.

    Change the device getting calls

    You can change which devices get Voice calls. You can also stop forwarding Voice calls to a linked number. This doesn’t remove the number from Voice.

    On your computer, go to voice.google.com.
    At the top right, click Settings Settings.
    On the left, click Calls.
    Under Incoming calls, change where you get calls:
    Change which devices get calls: Under My devices, turn off any devices you don’t want to get calls on.
    Change which linked numbers get forwarded calls: Under Call forwarding, turn off any number you don’t want to forward calls to.

    Remove a linked number

    On your computer, go to voice.google.com.
    At the top right, click Settings Settings.
    On the left, click Account.
    Next to your linked number, click Remove Remove.
    Click Delete to confirm