How to Google Voice

These days, Google likes to group all it’s services under one umbrella.  This is normally great, but it makes the process of just getting a Google Voice number a bit more complex.  Don’t worry though, as we have the complete step-by-step guide here:

Go to Google Voice page (http://voice.google.com)

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Click the red button to Sign Up!
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Screen Shot 2013-07-06 at 3.56.57 PMGoogle’s going to want to verify your phone number.  Give it your cell or home number…
Screen Shot 2013-07-06 at 3.58.49 PMNow that you have a Google account, you can add voice to it!

Add Google Voice to your new account.  You can access your new account by clicking the down-arrow in the upper right corner of your screen, next to your avatar:
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And click where is says “Account”Screen Shot 2013-07-06 at 4.00.12 PMThere you’ll find all kinds of useless info.  However, on the left side column, towards the bottom, you should click on “Products”

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Next you’ll see a list of all the Products you can choose.  We are only interested in Google Voice, so choose that here:

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Once you choose voice, you’ll get the standard Policy statement.  Just click Accept and Proceed:

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Google will ask you if you want a new number, or just you your mobile number.  Make sure you choose “I want a new number.”

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Give Google your forwarding number, which would be your cell or home phone we talked about above:

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Google will then call you, and you must punch in the code you see on the screen:

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After your forwarding phone number is verified, we get to the tricky part.  You need to choose a phone number, but it’s important that your phone number resides in a zip code that allows for cheap calling.  The “sweet spot” is a phone number in 27509.  However, other zip codes nearby may work too.  Some ideas would be 27522, 27503, 27525, 27587, 27581.  I’m not saying for certain that all these zip codes will work, but they are pretty close.  Mine is a 27509 zip code.  Enter the search zip code and click Search.

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If you are lucky, you will be presented with a list of numbers to choose from.  Pick one and go for it.

Once you have picked your number and are all setup, there’s just one more thing to do.  On the Google Voice main page, in the upper right corner you will see a little Gear icon:

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Click it and then click the Calls tab at the top.  Make sure that Call Screening is off.  Here’s what mine looks like:

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Now call your new Google Voice number and see if it forwards through to your cell or home phone.

Done!