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Use Hangouts with Project Fi

You can talk and text with your Project Fi number on any phone, tablet, or laptop that supports Google Hangouts . Your calls and messages on Google Hangouts count toward your data usage.

Text messages (SMS/MMS)

You can use Hangouts for text messaging across devices that support Hangouts.

To use Hangouts for texts:

  1. On your phone, open the Hangouts app 
  2. In the upper left corner, touch the Menu icon 
  3. Touch Settings 
  4. Touch the Google Account you use with Project Fi
  5. Under “Project Fi calls and SMS,” check the box next to “Messages” and confirm

Once you do this, your text messages and voicemail will sync across Hangouts everywhere, including: Gmail chat, Google+ Page or profile, Chrome desktop app, Android or iOS device, Inbox by Gmail, or the Chrome extension.

A few other things to keep in mind:

  • You need a cellular data or Wi-Fi connection to send and receive text messages, even on your Project Fi phone.
  • Cellular data used to sync messages over Hangouts is charged at a standard rate.
  • If you use Google 2-step verification through text messages, you'll only receive these messages on the phone that has your Project Fi SIM card in it for security reasons.  

Calls

You can make and receive calls from any device where you have the Hangouts app installed, which includes: Gmail, Google+ Page or profile, Chrome desktop app, mobile phones, Inbox by Gmail, or the Chrome extension.

You can find more details on how to set these up:

If you want to turn off incoming calls, you can sign out of Hangouts.

Tip: If your phone is out of battery (or you just can’t find it at the moment) you can make and receive calls using any device that supports Hangouts.

Learn more about using Hangouts on your Pixel or Nexus phone

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