Verify your phone number through Hangouts

You can send messages and make phone and video calls from all your devices using Hangouts. Verifying the phone number checks that it's yours, so people who already have your phone number can connect with you through Hangouts.

What happens 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+.

Verify your phone number

Choose your device below: 

Android
  1. The first time you sign in to Hangouts with one of your Google Accounts, 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 Hangouts Android menu icon > Settings. Choose the Google Account to verify your phone number with, then touch Verify phone number.

Remove your verified phone number

  1. Using your Android device's web browser or your computer, open your Phone Account Settings.
  2. Touch the edit icon .
  3. Select Remove number.
iOS
  1. The first time you sign in to Hangouts with one of your Google Accounts, 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.

Remove your verified phone number

  1. Using your iOS device's web browser or your computer, open your Phone Account Settings.
  2. Touch the edit icon .
  3. Select Remove 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 Hangouts and SMS 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 Google+ circles.

Make phone calls: Almost all calls to the U.S. and Canada are free from all countries where Hangouts calling is available. A few U.S. and Canadian destinations will cost 1 cent per minute (USD), or the listed rate for your 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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