How to Delete Google Voice

Removing the phone service is pretty easy to do

young man looking at his phone
You can Google Voice off your phone and out of your life. You just need to know where to look.

Google Voice is essentially a free communication platform that gives you a phone number of your choosing.

If you've signed up for a Google Voice account in the past but no longer want it, you can delete your number and information with relatively little hassle.

A quick disclaimer: Please note that some people confuse the Google Voice service with Google Assistant–previously known as Google Now. Google Assistant is a voice assistant similar to Apple’s Siri or Amazon’s Alexa. Because you use your voice to interact with the platform, many consider this to be Google Voice, but it is not.

If you are, in fact, looking for information about how to delete your Google Voice account, just keep reading.

And, if you’re looking for information about turning off Google Assistant, read this post instead.

How to Delete Your Google Voice Account

In most cases you want to turn off Google Voice or unsubscribe from Google Voice entirely, it’s possible to do so. 

However, if you use Google Voice with an existing Sprint account or service, or you have paid to transfer your number, you cannot delete it.

It’s also important to note that deleting your Google Voice number will not wipe all data associated with your account, which means messages will remain in your inbox.

Thankfully, the steps for permanently deleting a Google Voice account are quite simple:

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Go to The Official Google Voice Site

homepage of Google Voice site with a big button that says "Get Google Voice"
Google Voice site homepage.

Use a computer or tablet and navigate to the official Google Voice page here.

Sign in to your existing account.

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Go Into The Settings

The Settings tab in the Google Voice menu.
The Settings tab in the Google Voice menu.

Look for the menu–usually in the top left–indicated by the label ​Menu or three horizontal lines. 

Open the menu and choose the Settings option.

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Disable Your Google Voice Voicemail Support

The Voicemail settings in Google Voice.
The Voicemail settings in Google Voice.

Find each linked Google Voice number, and turn off the voicemail support for each one.

You can do this by clicking Voicemail in the left menu, and unchecking the box next to the Get voicemail via message option.

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Go to The Phone Numbers Section

The Delete button to get rid of a phone number in Google Voice.
The Delete button to get rid of a phone number in Google Voice.

After disabling voicemail, choose the Phone Numbers option in the menu.

Look underneath your listed Google Voice Number, and you should see a Delete option. This page or layout may look different than you’re used to but ignore it. Click the Delete option.

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Confirm Your Account Deletion

The system will ask you to confirm your selection, make sure you click Proceed and that will delete your number.

That’s it! So long as you followed the steps listed here your Google Voice number and account will be disabled.

You can remove the Google Voice app from your device or uninstall from your computer if you have no intention of ever using it again.

If you used the web application instead, then you shouldn’t need to remove anything.

What Happens to My Google Voice Account?

After deleting a number or disabling a Google Voice account, you have only 90 days to reinstate or get the number back.

After you delete your account, the number will likely go to someone else. Keep that in mind, and make sure you truly don't want to have access to your Google Voice number anymore.

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Reactivate Your Google Voice Account if You Change Your Mind

The Legacy Google Voice tab, where you can reactivate a deleted Google Voice number.
The Legacy Google Voice tab, where you can reactivate a deleted Google Voice number.

If it's within 90 days after you deleted your account, you can go to the Google Voice site, select the menu, and choose the Legacy Google Voice option.

Reclaim your old number by clicking Get your old number back. (You can also add a linked number here, as well.)