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Choose your Google Voice number

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. The number can be new, or you can transfer your current number.  When choosing a new Google Voice number, you can search from the available Google Voice numbers to find a letter or number combination you like, such as 650-555-JOHN.

Adding a Google number to your Google Voice account is free. If you decide to change your Google number, there is a $10 one-time fee to change it.

Get a Google number with a new Google Voice account
  1. Visit the Google Voice website, then sign in with your Google Account.
  2. You'll be prompted to choose a Google Voice account type. Select I want a new number.
  3. Enter a forwarding phone number and phone type. This is the phone that will ring when someone calls your Google number. You can add more phones later. Learn more about call forwarding.
  4. You'll see a numerical code on your screen. Take note of the code, then click Call Me Now to verify your forwarding phone.
  5. When you receive the call, enter the code from your computer screen.
  6. Search for an available Google number. 
    Tip: Search by area code, zip code, or word/phrase, then see options that match your criteria. At this time, Google Voice doesn't offer 1-800 or vanity numbers.
  7. Select your number.

After your Google number is set up, you can add more forwarding phones from Settings > Phones > Add another phone.

Add a Google number to an existing Google Voice Lite account

First, add a Google number:

  1. On a computer, open Google Voice.
  2. On the left, click Get a Voice number.
  3. Follow the prompts to add a Google number to your account.

Then, reactivate your Google voicemail: 

  1. On a computer, open Google Voice.
  2. At the top right, click Settings .
  3. Select Settings, then choose the Phones tab.
  4. Click Activate Google voicemail on this phone.
  5. Follow the instructions to reactivate.

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