About Google Voice
Google Voice gives you one number for all of your phones — a phone number that is tied to you, not to a device or a location. Make and pick up calls, send and get texts, and read and listen to voicemails on your phone, tablet, or computer.
What you can do with Google Voice
- Text from your computer: Send text messages to up to five contacts at a time, straight from your computer's browser.
- Make voicemail as easy as email: Read transcriptions of your voicemails, add notes, download, and share voicemails.
- Customize your callers' experience: Screen calls and create personalized greetings for family, friends, or coworkers.
- Pick up calls from any phone: Choose to receive calls at home, work, or on your mobile phone, based on who's calling or when.
- Talk the way you want to: Make international and conference calls, block unwanted callers, and listen in on voicemails.
What you'll need to set up Google Voice
- Google Account
- Touch-tone phone, with a U.S. number
- You'll select a type for each phone you add to Google Voice: Mobile, Work, or Home. (Text messages will only be sent to phones listed as Mobile.)
- Computer, with Internet access
- Web browser: Google Chrome, Internet Explorer 8 and up, Firefox, Safari, Opera
- Flash 8 and up: Visit Adobe's Flash Player page to confirm you've downloaded Flash and what your version is.
- Optional: Google Voice app on Android or iOS
Cost and availability of Google Voice
Almost all calls to the U.S. and Canada are free. 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.
Get started with Google Voice
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