You in all probability have a telephone quantity on your cell phone by which you make and obtain telephone calls, ship and obtain textual content messages, and handle different associated duties. However generally you need to use a second quantity for private and enterprise telephone calls and texts. Or perhaps you need to use a unique quantity when organising accounts on web sites.
Quite a lot of choices can be found for retrieve a second phone number, some free and a few paid. However one possibility value attempting is Google Voice.
With the voice of Google VoIP service, you’re assigned a devoted telephone quantity which will use the identical space code as your present telephone quantity or common location. All telephone calls made to your Google Voice quantity are forwarded to your common quantity so you may reply immediately.
Unanswered calls go to voicemail, the place Google gives voice and textual content transcriptions so that you can learn and take heed to messages. Furthermore, you need to use this second quantity for telephone calls and texts, not solely in your telephone, however on the Google Voice web site.
In distinction, Google Voice and all of its options can be found without cost for private use. However, the private service is at the moment solely accessible in the USA for people. Nevertheless, Google Voice is obtainable to enterprise and training customers with paid Google Workspace accounts in the USA and different areas of the world.
To benefit from Google Voice, you want a Google Account and an present telephone quantity. Now let’s have a look at the steps to make use of this selection as a second telephone quantity.
Configure Google Voice
To arrange your quantity on a PC, go to Google Voice webpage(Opens in a new window) and register together with your Google account. You need to use any of the foremost browsers, corresponding to Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Firefox, or Safari. The web page asks you to seek for a quantity by getting into your metropolis or space code. You’ll be able to select any metropolis or space code, however you may in all probability need to select one in or close to your location, particularly in case you plan to offer out the quantity to buddies, co-workers, and different individuals.
Sort an space code or metropolis to see obtainable numbers. Click on on the hyperlink to Present extra if you wish to show extra numbers. Then click on on the Choose button for the telephone quantity you need to use.
Now you have to confirm your present telephone quantity. Click on it Examine button on the subsequent display screen. Enter your telephone quantity then click on on the Ship code button.
Sort the code you obtain and click on the Confirm button. You’re informed that your quantity has been linked to your account. Click on End, then click on End once more.
Use Google Voice on the net
Now you can use your Google Voice quantity on the net in addition to in your cell phone. Let’s strive the web site first. Your Google Voice web page shows a toolbar with icons for calls, messages, and voicemail. Click on the voicemail icon to learn a message from Google Voice welcoming you to the service. Click on the play button to listen to the message learn aloud.
To make a telephone name from the web site, click on the suitable numbers on the keypad to put the decision. In the event you preserve an handle e-book in Google, you can begin typing a contact’s identify and choose that particular person to name. Both approach, your Google Voice quantity will seem within the different particular person’s caller ID to forestall your common telephone quantity from being revealed. Throughout the name, you may mute the sound, put the decision on maintain and entry the keypad if you have to enter numbers to reply a name menu. If you’re performed, simply click on the telephone icon to hold up.
In the event you obtain a name in your Google Voice quantity, you may reply it on the web site, however remember that it would even be forwarded to your cell phone. Click on the inexperienced telephone icon to reply the decision. The caller is prompted for his or her identify, which Google broadcasts to you. If you wish to settle for the decision, open the keypad and click on 1. To ship the caller to your voicemail, click on 2. In any other case, dangle up.
Then you may test all of the voicemails. Click on the Voicemail icon on the left. Choose a selected voice message. The textual content transcript ought to seem routinely, however it’s possible you’ll want to attend a couple of minutes to see the textual content of a brand new voicemail message. Click on the Play button to take heed to the message.
To ship a textual content message from the web site, click on the Messages icon. Click on on the choice to Ship a brand new message. Scroll by the contact listing to pick out the particular person you need to textual content, or kind the particular person’s quantity or identify. Sort your textual content under and ship it. Any texts you obtain can even seem on the message display screen.
You’ll be able to handle your telephone calls, textual content messages and voicemail on the web site. To do that, choose a selected name, textual content or voicemail. Relying on the merchandise, click on the Name or Message icon within the high proper to reply the caller by telephone or textual content.
Click on on the three-dot icon to show a menu with completely different choices. Choose Folks so as to add the particular person to your handle e-book. Choose Archive to ship the merchandise to the Archive folder. Choose Mark as spam if the decision is spam. Choose block quantity to reject future calls or texts from this quantity. For voicemail, choose Obtain to avoid wasting the message as an MP3 file. Choose Delete to take away it.
On the web site, you can even view and alter Google Voice settings. Click on the Audio Settings icon within the high proper to regulate your microphone, tone, and audio system.
Click on the Settings icon within the high proper. On the Settings display screen, you may take away, unlock, or switch your Google Voice quantity. It’s also possible to change some settings on your telephone calls and voicemails, test your cost historical past, and allow safety to filter undesirable calls and messages.
Use Google Voice in your cell phone
In the event you’re sitting at your laptop together with your Google Voice web site open in your browser, it is actually potential to make use of the webpage to deal with calls and texts. In any other case, you’ll need to put in and configure the free Google Voice app in your cell phone.
Obtain the app for iOS(Opens in a new window) The place android(Opens in a new window). The Google Voice app appears and works the identical on each platforms. Earlier than you begin making and receiving calls, you have to decide if you’d like use your mobile data and Wi-Fi or your operator(Opens in a new window) for calls. Within the Google Voice app, click on the hamburger icon. Go to Settings > Calls > Make and obtain calls.
The primary possibility for Desire Wi-Fi and cell knowledge permits you to make a name over the web as you’d with any VoIP service, nonetheless, it would use a small quantity of information out of your cell plan for every name. The second possibility for Use service solely makes use of your cell service to make the decision, however might incur prices if they do not have limitless minutes. In case you have an excellent Wi-Fi connection and restricted minutes, go for the primary possibility. In any other case, select the second possibility.
To make a name, faucet the Calls icon on the backside and choose the keypad icon. From there, choose the particular person’s identify from the options or kind within the telephone quantity to name. It’s also possible to faucet the Contacts icon on the backside, choose the particular person you need to name, and faucet the telephone quantity.
An incoming name to your Google Voice quantity will ring your cellular phone. The method is similar as on the web site. The caller is prompted for his or her identify, which is introduced to you. On the keypad, press 1 to reply the decision or 2 to ship it to voicemail. Faucet the Voicemail icon on the backside to entry your messages. The transcript shows the textual content. Press play to take heed to the message.
To ship a textual content message, faucet the Messages icon on the backside, then faucet the pencil icon, or faucet the contacts icon, choose the contact you need to textual content, then faucet the textual content icon. Enter your textual content and ship it. All of the texts you obtain will seem in the identical place.
Lastly, to alter Google Voice settings within the cell app, go to Settings and you will find choices for messages, calls, voicemail, funds, and safety.
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