Verify your phone number through Hangouts

You can send messages and make phone and video calls from all your devices using Hangouts. Verifying your phone number will let people who have the number also contact you through Hangouts.

When you verify your phone number:

  • Only contacts who already have your phone number can find you and see information that you've made available (email, profile photo, and other contact info) through Google services, like Hangouts and caller ID by Google.
  • Your phone number won't be publicly shared automatically, unless you turn on sharing through Google+.
What happens to my phone number?

Verifying the phone number checks that it's yours, so people who already have your phone number can connect with you through Hangouts.

Things to keep in mind
  • Multiple Google Accounts: If you have more than one Google Account signed in to Hangouts on your phone, choose one account to link your phone number with.
  • Google Voice account: If you have a Google Voice number linked with your Google Account, it'll connect with your phone number too.

Verify your phone number

Choose your device below: 

Android
  1. The first time you use Hangouts, the app will ask you to verify your phone number.
    • If the phone number on the screen is correct, touch Next.
    • If the phone number on the screen isn't yours, touch the number and delete it. Type the correct phone number and touch Next.
  2. Enter the verification code you receive in a text message.
  3. Touch Next.
  4. After you see the "Verified" message, touch Done.

If you don't verify your phone number the first time you start Hangouts, you can do it later through "Settings." Touch Menu > Settings > Choose the Google Account to verify your phone number with, then touch Verify phone number.

iOS
  1. The first time you use Hangouts, the app will ask you to verify your phone number. Type your phone number.
  2. Touch Confirm number.
  3. Enter the verification code you receive in a text message.
  4. Touch Confirm number.

If you don't verify your phone number the first time you start Hangouts, you can do it later through "Settings." Touch your profile photo > Settings  > Phone Number > Confirm your phone number > Enter your phone number.

See what you can do with Hangouts

Here's how you can connect with friends and family with Hangouts.

Features available with Hangouts

Send SMS and Hangouts messages: You can start a Hangout with just one person or multiple people. You can also send text messages using Hangouts from your mobile phone number.

Use with multiple devices: Hangouts conversations are synced automatically across devices, so you can start a Hangout on your computer and continue on another device, like your phone.

Make video calls: Have face-to-face conversations with up to 9 other people using video calls from Hangouts. It's easy to invite specific friends or circles.

Make phone calls: Almost all calls you make to the U.S. and Canada are free. A few U.S. and Canadian destinations will cost USD 1 cent per minute depending on the specific phone number and the local currency. Calls to destinations outside of the U.S. are at low rates, but calling isn't available to all locations.

Share photos, locations, and stickers: You can share photos, stickers, and emoji. On mobile devices, you can also share your location.

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