Google Voice is a voicemail service provided by Google that is available for free for all Gmail users. With this app, you will be able to send free text messages, read voicemail text transcript and customize your voicemail. Moreover, you have the option of customizing greeting messages for callers and preview your voicemail before sending it. All calls on Google Voice are provided with a high audio quality. Google Voice also provides PC-to-Phone free calling within North America. With Google Voice, you will get a phone number that will allow you to call, text and send voicemails to others.
With this number, it’s possible to make domestic and international calls from your mobile device as well as your web browser. In order to have the ability to use Google Voice, you will need a Google account. You will also need a tablet, computer or phone to make calls from Google Voice. This application is available on Android as well as Iphone and works well in both operating systems. The only requirements in order to make a phone call w8th Google Voice are to have a device, a Google account and an internet connection.
Setting up a Google Voice account
Before setting up a Google Voice account make sure to have a Google account at your disposal. If not, just create it for free , the procedure will take less than 5 minutes. After that, you will be ready to receive a Google Voice number. To do so, simply follow the next steps :
- Click on this link : https://voice.google.com/ in order to access Google Voice official site.
- Choose between two options : ”For personal use” or ”For professional use”. Take your time to choose your use as you will not be able to change it back later.
Settings differ between personal and professional use
If you choose ”For personal use”, you will need to set up a Google Voice number. If that’s the case, follow these steps :
- By pressing ”For personal use”, you will have to pick between three options : Android, IOS and Web. Choose the one that’s the most suited for the utilisation that you are intended for.
- Now it’s time to set the Google Voice number for your account. To do so, first choose your nearby location from the drop-down menu.
- Select any of the phone numbers from the list that will appear.
- Once it’s done, you need to verify this phone number. Tap on ”Verify” from the next screen.
- A prompted box will appear. Type your number once again and verify it by providing a 6 digit code that you will receive on your phone.
- After the verification is done, tap ”Claim” in order to allow the call-forwarding on your phone.
- Click on ”Finish”. You have now set up your Google Voice number.
For professional use, the procedure Take the following steps :
- When you click on the ”For professional use button”, you will be redirected to a page with a ”Get started” option.
- Tap on the ”Get started” option and choose between the three type of plans that are available. You can choose between a Starter, Standard or Premier plan for $10, $20 and $30 US respectively. Even if you’re paying for a plan, Google Voice call in itself is free.
- Sign up by using your Google email address.
- Once it’s done everything is set up and you can use Google Voice calls for your business.
Make a conference call using Google Voice
Making a conference call is one of the features provided by Google Voice. To put that in place, all participants need to agree on a particular time to be online. For Google Voice to work as a conference call, all participants will be required to call at the same time from their Google Voice number. You simply need to start a phone call with one of the participants and slowly add the others via your call.
Once the call is started, you will be able to choose which participants you want to add. From your first call, you will receive an alert every time you have a new call. When that’s the case, press 5 in order to add new participants. If you want to, you have the possibility to
Record your conference call in Google Voice
To do so, follow the next steps :
- Go on ”Settings”.
- From the menu, select ”Calls”.
- From there just tap on ”Incoming calls” and you will be able to record your conference call.
There’s one condition to be able to record your conference call : you need all the participants to be on that call. In order to control the recording, which means to start or stop it, you just need to press 4 on the keyboard. As soon as the recording will start every participant on the call will receive a notification.
One important thing to note is that a free account on Google Voice will only allow you to pass 10 participants. With a paid one, you can go up to 25 participants in one session. As such, Google Voice is great for small-sized businesses and not really fit for large companies. If you’re from a large company it will be better for you to use Google Hangout’s calls instead.
With all this information, you are now ready to use Google Voice as a personal or professional use. In either case, do be careful about the options that you are choosing and the plan that you are getting subscribe to. Make sure that Google Voice suit your needs before getting signed up. Other than that, actually signing up can be done really simply and quickly. Google Voice is a simple app and works really well with any device or browser. The subscription can be done monthly for an affordable price, which makes it easy to access to for anyone.