The history of Google Voice dates back in March, 2007 when Google Inc. acquired the service GrandCentral. Google Voice is a voicemail management system that has made communication in the recent times, and especially for the people in the United States, much more efficient and affordable for that matter.
Google Voice operates in the sense that it provides a U.S phone number chosen by the user free of charge to each user account. Users then are able to configure this number to all their devices, such as your smartphone, PC or even your iPhone, so that when you receive a call on your Google Voice number, all your devices will ring simultaneously.
With this great service, you will be able to make both domestic and international calls at a very affordable rate. The beauty of Google Voice is that geographical barriers are not by any means a hindrance to your communication.
Thus, if you are intending to start using Google Voice anytime soon, this information will get you started and provide you with a better insight of how you are going to use your Google Voice to your advantage.
Getting Google Voice:
Getting google voice is an easy process and no much effort is required. All you need basically is a Google account. If you already have a Gmail account, the better. However, for the purpose of Google Voice, I would recommend that you create a new Google account that will be dedicated completely to your Google Voice needs. Once you have accomplished this, go to the Google Voice site and create an account. You will have the liberty to choose your Google Voice number and configure it to any device of preference. If you operate entirely with your smart phone, Google Voice is enabled on any Android or iOS and has a dedicated Google Voice App available.
Set up your Google Voice Number:
Once you have opened your Google Voice account, you will be guided through a set up process that will enable you to set up your account successfully. The next fundamental step you should take is setting up your Google Voice number. To do this, on your Google Voice page, you will be given an option to create one. After creating one, you should then link it to your Google account.
Customize your call features:
After setting up your Google Voice number, you will then have to decide whether to use it as your default calling number instead of your mobile number. The good thing about using this app to make calls is the fact that your receiver will not be able to see your mobile number, but instead your Google Voice number.
However, if you would like your carrier device number to be viewed, then you can as well opt not to use Google Voice to make any calls.
Activate Google Voicemail to your device:
This step is very important because it will enable you to use the voicemail feature of Google Voice instead of the one provided with your device. Calls made to your phone number will appear automatically on your Google Voice account.
Record your Voicemail greetings:
This feature will help you customize your voicemail greetings. This is the greeting that one receives when they intend to leave you a voicemail. Moreover, you will be able to customize how you will receive the notifications and also how to forward your texts.
Screen all your calls:
Google Voice will enable you to screen your calls and filter all the unknown numbers. Be sure to click on the Calls tab to activate callers’ ID and filter as spam calls. It is very important to have prior knowledge of who is trying to contact you. It comes in handy in tracking those who are up to no good. You can actually block any person you don’t want any contact with.
Know your bill:
After setting up your account successfully to suit your needs, the last but certainly not the least thing that you should do is to have knowledge of your billing. Google Voice is prepaid, thus, you have to pay first to start making calls or text. The Billing tab provides you with very crucial information on the calling rates for international calls and your billing history.
Google Voice is perhaps one of the most brilliant ideas that Google has developed in the 21st century. Ensure that you get to take full advantage of it. Start making calls today with Google Voice!