Google Voice - How to get a FREE phone number!
How to Get a Google Voice Phone Number
This wikiHow teaches you how to sign up for a Google Voice phone number. You can sign up for a Google Voice phone number for free if you have a Google Account. You can also delete your current Google Voice number and select a different one, though you'll have to wait for 90 days between deleting the number and selecting a new number.
Signing up for Google Voice
Open Google Voice.Go to in your computer's web browser. This will open the Google Voice setup page if you're logged into a Google account.
- If you aren't logged into a Google account, enter your email address and password before proceeding.
Search for a location.Click the text box in the middle of the page, then type in a city name or a ZIP code (e.g.,96703). As you type, a drop-down menu with phone number options will appear below the text box.
Select a phone number.Click the blueSELECTbutton to the right of the phone number that you want to use.
- You may first have to select a city in the drop-down menu below the search bar.
ClickVERIFY.This blue button is in the middle of the page. Doing so will take you to a page where you can verify your actual phone number.
Enter your actual phone number.In the text field that appears in the middle of the page, type in a phone number for a phone that you can access.
ClickSEND CODE.It's in the bottom-right corner of the phone number window. Google Voice will send a verification text to your phone.
Retrieve your code.Open your phone's texting app, open the text from Google (usually a five-digit number), and review the six-digit code in the body of the text.
- Google's text will say something like "123456 is your Google Voice verification code."
Enter the code.Type the six-digit code into the text field in the middle of the Google Voice page.
ClickVERIFY.It's in the bottom-right corner of the code verification window.
ClickCLAIMwhen prompted.This will confirm that you want to use the associated phone number with your Google Voice account.
- You might not see this option depending on your phone number. If so, skip to the next step.
ClickFINISHwhen prompted.Doing so will confirm your phone number and take you to your Google Voice page.
- Any outgoing messages or phone calls from this page will use your Google Voice number.
Getting a New Phone Number
Open Google Voice.Go to in your web browser. This will open the Google Voice page that's associated with your email address if you're logged in.
- If you aren't logged into a Google Account, enter your email address and password before proceeding.
Click .It's in the top-left corner of the page. Doing so prompts a menu to pop out from the left side of the page.
ClickSettings.This option is in the pop-out menu. The Settings menu will open.
Click thePhone numberstab.You'll find this option near the top-middle section of the Settings menu.
ClickDELETE.It's below and to the right of your current Google Voice phone number, which is near the top of the page. Doing so opens the Legacy page.
Click theDeletelink.This link is next to your Google Voice number on the Legacy page.
- Do not click the greyDeletebutton that's near your email address.
ClickProceedwhen prompted.Doing this will delete your Google Voice number from your Google Account.
Wait for 90 days.You won't be able to sign up for a new Google Voice number on this account for a 90-day period after deleting your previous Google Voice number.
- If you want to restore your old number within the 90-day period, you can click☰on your Google Voice account page, clickLegacy Google Voiceat the bottom of the pop-out menu, and click your Google Voice number in the lower-left side of the page.
Sign up for a new number.Once 90 days have passed, you can open your Google Voice account again, click☰, clickPhone number, and clickCHOOSEto the right of the "Phone number" section. You'll then to create a new phone number.
QuestionCan a Google voice number be decoded to see the name of the owner?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerYes, if the caller logs into the email account used to open the Google voice number.Thanks!
QuestionHow do I record my message on a Google voice number?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerThere are several things you can do for this. Google Audacity and Snag That, then google how to record audio from PC to Audacity.Thanks!
QuestionCan I have more than one active number per email?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerNo. If you already have one then you must use that number or have different accounts.Thanks!
QuestionWill I know it's a Google Voice call if it's forwarded to my cell phone?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerYes. It will say it is from Google Voice and will also state the name of the caller.Thanks!
QuestionCan a caller be directed to leave a message with a Google voice phone number?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerYes. As with any voicemail service, you would direct the caller to do so in your outgoing message.Thanks!
QuestionCan I use a Google Voice number for text messaging?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerYes. You'll have the best experience with this if you set it up so that Google Voice SMS are sent and received through Hangouts. This should work on the web, on your smartphone, or using either of the two Chrome apps.Thanks!
QuestionIs the Google phone number totally free in the US if I link it to my cell phone?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerYes. The only time you would be charged is if you were to make an international call.Thanks!
QuestionHow do I move Google Voice from one Gmail account to a primary Gmail account?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerUnfortunately, you can't do that. You would have to create a brand new G-Voice number for the new/primary account.Thanks!
How do I use a Google Voice number to receive phone calls?
Can I switch to Google Voice from another call forwarding service, but keep the same phone number I already chose?
Will phone calls being made TO the google number show up on my phone bill?
How do you forward calls from google phone to your cell phone?
What number do I call to let them to activate?
- Google Voice is a convenient way to call or text people without worrying about compromising your actual phone number.
- You can only have one Google Voice phone number per actual phone number.
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