Set up Voice

This article is for users. If you're an administrator, go to Set up Voice for your organisation.

To view information for an account managed by your work or school, sign in to your G Suite account.

With Google Voice, you'll 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
  • Personalise voicemail greetings for family and friends
  • Make international calls at low rates
  • Get protection 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.

What you need to use Voice

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

Cost and availability

Voice is only available in the US. If you're outside the US, you can make calls using Hangouts.

  • Almost all Google Voice calls to the US and Canada are free when you're calling from the US.
  • Calls to a few places in the US and Canada cost USD 0.01 per minute, or the listed rate for your local currency. 
  • Calls to places outside the US are at listed rates

Sign up for Voice and receive your number

Make sure that your phone is on and that you can receive texts. To verify, we'll send your phone a text with a code.

  1. On your Android device, download the Google Voice app.
  2. Open the Voice app "".
  3. Sign in to your Google Account.
  4. After reviewing the Terms of Service and Privacy Policy, tap Continue.
  5. To pick your Voice number, tap Search.
    • Search by city or area code for a number. Voice doesn't offer freephone numbers.
    • If there aren't any numbers available in the area that you want, try somewhere nearby.
  6. Next to the number that you want, tap Select. Follow the instructions.

Once you've set up Voice, you can link another phone number. Learn more about setting up phones.

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