Google Voice is an internet-based service free for Gmail users in the US to utilize.
No need to have a traditional second phone on your desk for business purposes anymore.
If you prefer to keep your personal phone number for close friends & family only, you can choose an available Google Voice number in your area that you would give out for professional use.
All the calls or texts you receive to your new Google Voice Number will be forwarded & available for you to respond to on the same cellular device as your personal phone number!
Using Google Voice allows you to manage personal and professional communication with different contact numbers, on the same cellular device.
It’s also helpful to have Google Voice as a “spare” number you can enter into forms that might require extra contact information, yet you don’t want them to have your personal cell number.
For example, on TikTok in order to send direct messages, they required my phone number to be entered first. I wasn’t a huge fan of entering in my personal number, so I entered my Google Voice number instead.
With Google Voice, you can download the app onto your phone to easily access the texts, calls or voicemails you receive. However, you can also manage your Google Voice account from your desktop, as well as send text messages and answer calls.
Check out the steps below to set up your Google Voice Number!
Step 1: Go to voice.google.com.
Step 2: Sign in to your Google/Gmail Account.
Step 3: Accept the terms & conditions.
Step 4: Choose an available Google Voice number based on your area.
Step 5: Verify your existing (personal) phone number
Step 6: Enter the code you receive
Step 7: Grant desired access
Step 8: Record & set a voicemail specific for your Google Voice number
Step 9: Give out your new Google Voice number to a family member or friend & have them test that when they call or text you at this number, you can easily respond back & they could hear your voicemail message.
Step 10: Utilize the software!
Do you have any questions about Google Voice? Leave them in the comments below.