Get started with Voice

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With Google Voice, you get a free phone number for calls, text messages, and voicemail. You can use the apps on smartphones and computers, and you can link your number to any mobile or landline number.

What you can do with Voice

  • Text from your computer or mobile phone
  • Read your voicemail and search through it like email
  • Personalize voicemail greetings for family and friends
  • Make international calls at low rates
  • Get protected from spam calls, block unwanted callers, and screen calls before answering

To offer these services, Voice saves and processes your call, text, and voicemail information.

Start using Voice

First, you'll need:

  • A Google Account
  • U.S. phone number that can forward calls after ringing
    • Note: Some VoIP phone number providers don't allow conditional call forwarding
  • Computer or smartphone with Internet access (for sign-up)

Then, sign up at or download the Google Voice app to your mobile device.

Cost and availability

Voice is only available in the U.S. If you're outside the U.S., you can make calls with Hangouts.

  • Almost all Google Voice calls to the U.S. and Canada are free when you're calling from the U.S.
  • Calls to a few places in the U.S. and Canada cost 1 cent per minute (USD), or the listed rate for your local currency 
  • Calls to places outside the U.S. are at listed rates
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