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You can make domestic and international calls from your Google Voice number.

Set up your phone to use Google Voice for calls:

  1. On your Android device, open the Google Voice app Google Voice.
  2. At the top left, tap Menu Menu and then Settings.
  3. Under "Calls," tap Phone number for outgoing calls.
  4. To make a call with Google Voice, choose one of the following options:
    • Yes (all calls)
    • Yes (international calls only) 
    • Select number before each call

To make a call, use your usual phone app. If your call isn't free, you'll hear a confirmation that it's placed by Google Voice.

You see a different number when calling

When you call someone, you might see a U.S. number that isn’t your Google Voice number or the other person's number. Numbers like these are used to send all Google Voice calls. The person you're calling will still see your Google Voice number.

Learn more about the cost of a call.

Android for Work: Google Voice doesn't work with other phone apps

If you're signed in to Google Voice with an Android for Work profile, on the Google Voice app, you'll see the Android for Work icon Android for Work.

When using Android for Work, you won't be able to make Google Voice calls through other phone apps.

To make calls, sign in using your personal Google Account instead.

Know how much a call costs

  • Almost all Google Voice calls to the U.S. and Canada are free when you're calling from the U.S.
  • Calls to a few places in the U.S. and Canada cost 1 cent per minute (USD), or the listed rate for your local currency 
  • Calls to places outside of the U.S. are at listed rates

Domestic and international calls use minutes from your mobile phone plan, and you might be charged long-distance rates. If you have a U.S. number and try to make a call when you're in another country, you'll be charged international rates.

Check your balance
  1. On your Android device, open the Google Voice app Google Voice.
  2. At the top left, tap Menu Menu and then Settings.
  3. Under "Payments," you’ll see your current balance.
Add money
  1. On your Android device, open the Google Voice app Google Voice.
  2. Tap Menu Menu and then Settings.
  3. Under "Payments," tap Add credit.
  4. Tap the amount of credit to add to your balance.
  5. Choose your payment method, then tap Buy.
Confirm that your paid call is using Google Voice

If your call isn't free, you’ll hear or see a message from Google Voice. The message will say how much the call costs or that the call is being routed through Google Voice.

If you don't hear or see a message, your call isn't using Google Voice. Your carrier can charge you. 

Check that your call settings haven't been changed by a recent app update or another app that's conflicting with Google Voice.

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