How To Use Google Voice For iPhone

Google Voice

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After a wait that was far too long, Google Voice finally arrived on the iPhone this month.There was a nice web app before, but this is much better.

Google Voice is a free service that acts a messenger service for your phone. When you sign up, you are given a brand new phone number that can be forwarded to your cell, office, or home phone.

Your voicemails are all stored online, and are automatically translated to text so you can read them instead of wasting minutes on your cell plan. (They can also be forwarded to your e-mail).

Since Google Voice gives you unlimited text messages, you can use it as an alternative to your current texting plan. The new iPhone app works great with texting, especially when you set up push notifications to alert you of new text messages. (It even plays the same familiar sounds when you get one).

Before we begin the tour, click here to download the free Google Voice app from the App Store.

Enter your Google login information.

Your Google Voice account will load in the menu. You can access your texts, voicemails, and view your call history.

Dial the number you would like to call or text.

The phone app will open to dial out. The person on the other end will see your Google Voice number in their caller ID.

Texting your contacts is done from within the app. Recipients will see your Google Voice number.

Your new texts will pop up just like they do with iPhone's SMS app. Enable push notifications so you get your texts even when the app is closed.

You can view your text history as a chat conversation. Just like with the iPhone's SMS app.

You can listen to or read your voicemails within the app.

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