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Set up phones to receive calls

To make and receive calls with your Google Voice number, you'll need to link at least one U.S. phone number. Calls to your Google Voice number will ring any linked number that you choose to forward calls to. 

You also get Google Voice calls in Hangouts. Incoming calls can ring in Hangouts at the same time as your linked numbers.

Add a number where you want to get calls

You can set up any phone number to take your Google Voice calls and texts.

  1. On your computer, open Google Voice.
  2. At the top left, click Menu Menu and then Settings.
  3. Under "Linked numbers," click New linked number. You can link up to six numbers.
  4. Follow the onscreen instructions to add your number.
Get notifications in Gmail
You can forward your texts, missed calls, and voicemail to Gmail.
  1. On your computer, open Google Voice.
  2. At the top left, click Menu Menu and then Settings.
  3. Turn on any forwarding you want:
    • Texts: On the left, click Messages. Turn on "Forward messages to email."
    • Calls: On the left, click Calls. Turn on "Get email alerts for missed calls."
    • Voicemail: On the left, click Voicemail. Turn on "Get voicemail transcripts via email."
Re-verify a number where you want to get calls
Occasionally, you might get an email asking you  to confirm a linked number. 
If you don't re-verify the number, your other linked numbers will still work.
  1. On your computer, open Google Voice.
  2. At the top left, click Menu Menu and then Legacy Google Voice. Google Voice will look different, but you're in the right place.
  3. At the top right, click Settings Settings and then Settings.
  4. Click the "Phones" tab.
  5. To verify your phone number, click Call Me Now. Google Voice will call your phone.
  6. A code will appear in the "Verify your Phone" window on your computer. Enter the code on your phone.

Change where you get calls

You can stop forwarding Google Voice calls to a linked number.

Note: This does not remove the linked number from your Google Voice account.

  1. On your computer, open Google Voice.
  2. At the top left, click Menu Menuand then Settings.
  3. On the left, click Calls.
  4. Next to "Forward calls to linked numbers," uncheck the number you don’t want to forward calls to.

Remove a number

You can unlink a number from Google Voice at any time.

  1. On your computer, open Google Voice.
  2. At the top left, click Menu Menu and then Settings.
  3. On the left, click Phone numbers.
  4. Next to your linked number, click Remove Remove.
  5. To confirm, click Delete.

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