Mobile Phones Google 160 160 people found this article helpful Google Voice Conference Calling Start a group call to get lots of people talking by Nadeem Unuth Freelance Contributor Nadeem Unuth is a former freelance contributor to Lifewire who specializes in information and communication technology with a focus on VoIP. our editorial process LinkedIn Nadeem Unuth Updated on September 28, 2020 reviewed by Jessica Kormos Lifewire Tech Review Board Member Jessica Kormos is a writer and editor with 15 years' experience writing articles, copy, and UX content for Tecca.com, Rosenfeld Media, and many others. our review board Article reviewed on Sep 25, 2020 Jessica Kormos Google iPhone & iOS Android Samsung Google Ringtones Tweet Share Email Configuring and managing a Google Voice conference call is easy. You don't have to start as a conference because you can turn one-on-one calls into conference calls as needed. Also, your Google Voice number can be combined with Google Hangouts to get the full conferencing effect. Visit Google Hangouts What's Required to Make a Google Voice Conference Call All that's needed to make a Google Voice conference call is a Google account and a computer, smartphone, or tablet that has the app installed. You can get the Google Voice app for iOS and Android devices and through the web on a computer. The same is accurate for Hangouts—iOS, Android, and web users can use it. Lifewire / Lisa Fasol If you have a Gmail or YouTube account, you can start using Google Voice in no time. Otherwise, create a new Google account to get started. How to Make the Conference Call With Google Voice Before the call, you need to inform your participants that they should call you on your Google Voice number at the agreed time. You first enter into a phone conversation with one of your participants, by either having them call you or you call them, through Google Voice. Once you're on the call, add the other participants when they dial in. You are alerted when you have an incoming call. To accept other calls, press 5 after hearing a message about starting a conference call. To record a conference call in Google Voice, go to Settings > Calls and turn on Incoming call options. All participants must be connected to the conference call to initiate a recording. To start recording or stop recording, press 4. A message alerts all participants on the call when recording is activated and deactivated. The Limitations of Google Voice Google Voice is not primarily a conferencing service. Still, it's a beneficial way to use your phone number on all of your devices. However, you shouldn't expect too much from it. Use it as a simple and easy way to make a group phone call due to limitations with the service. A group conference call with Google Voice is limited to 10 people on the call at once (or 25 with a paid account). Unlike full-fledged conference tools, Google Voice doesn't have tools to manage the conference call and its participants. There isn't a facility to schedule the conference call and have the participants invited in advance through email, for example. Despite the lack of extra features that you might find in other services (Skype has better options for conference calling), Google Voice's simple and straightforward conferencing ability that anyone with the essential devices can participate in makes it an appealing option. Because it integrates with your smartphone and lets you use a variety of devices, it does its job well as a central calling service.