Choose your Google number

If you're using Google Voice Lite and would like to add a Google number to your account, click the Get a Google number link on the Phones tab of your Google Voice Settings and follow the prompts to add a Google number to your account.

Adding a Google number to your Google Voice account is free. Note that if you decide you'd like to change your Google number, there is a $10 one-time fee to change it.

Also, if you've set up Google Voice Lite, once you've added a Google number to your account, you'll need to reactivate your Google voicemail for the mobile phone(s) you previously set up. You can do this through the Phones tab; just click Activate Google voicemail on this phone and follow the instructions to reactivate.

Ready to sign up for Google Voice? Here's how the process works, and some tips for choosing and setting up your number:

  1. Go to the Google Voice website and sign in using your Google account. (If you don't have a Google account you can create one.
  2. You'll be prompted to choose whether you want a new number or you want to use your existing number. Choose I want a new number. Learn more about the difference between the two options:
    • I want to use my mobile number: lets you do one of the following:
      • Get Google Voice Lite: Set up Google voicemail for your mobile phone(s) and make outgoing domestic calls
      • Port your number into Google: Number porting is a feature in which your existing mobile number will become your Google Voice number.
      • (Sprint Users Only) Use your Sprint number with Google Voice: Your Sprint mobile number functions as your Google Voice number. You can take advantage of all of Google Voice's features without having to get a brand new number.
    • I want a new number: This lets you choose a new Google number that you can set up to work with up to six different phones.
    If you sign up for a Google number you can still set up Google voicemail for your mobile devices
  3. Search for your new Google number and once you've chosen one click Continue. Tips for finding a new Google number

    Search for a Google Voice number in our database by area code or zip code. You can also enter a word or phrase you'd like to include in the number, and we'll show you available numbers that match your criteria (for example, if your name is 'Paul' you can search for available Google numbers with 'Paul' within the number).

    Some users like to choose a number located in their area code, while others choose a Google number local to their family or friends so these contacts can make a local call that rings a long distance phone.

    Our goal is to offer numbers from nearly every area code in the U.S. We're expanding this footprint frequently, so if your area code is currently unavailable, please check the Google Voice site for updates. At this time, Google Voice doesn't offer 1-800 or vanity numbers.

  4. Choose a PIN to use to retrieve your messages and access your Google Voice settings from any phone.

  5. Enter a forwarding phone number (this is the phone that will ring when someone calls your Google Voice number) and select a type from the 'Phone type' drop-down menu. Learn more about how forwarding phone numbers work

    If someone calls your Google Voice number, you can have up to six different phones to ring, including your work, mobile, and home phones. You can set custom voicemail greetings and call rules for your different contacts. Find out more about the basics of Google Voice and how it works.

  6. Verify your phone. You'll see a numerical code along with a Call Me Now button. When you click the button, we'll call your forwarding phone and ask you to enter the code on the screen so we know the phone number you gave us is the right one.

Congratulations! Your Google number is all set up. You can choose to add more phones to forward to or take a look around the Google Voice inbox.

Caroline is a Google Voice expert and author of this help page. Leave her feedback below about the page.

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