How to Get a Google Phone Number

Make free domestic calls and cheap international calls

What to Know

  • Go to the Google Voice page and select For personal use > choose your platform, then search for a number, then link it to your existing phone number.
  • Alternatively, select For Business and choose a plan. Personal Google numbers are free; business numbers and international calls cost money.
  • Go to Google Voice to call from your web browser, or use the Google Voice app.

This article explains how to get a Google phone number. You can use your Google Voice number on Android, iOS, or in a web browser.

How Do I Get a Google Phone Number?

Before creating a Google number, you must already have a Google account and a number with a traditional phone service (either a landline or a mobile carrier). To sign up for Google Voice to get your free phone number:

  1. Go to the Google Voice page. Select For personal use and choose Android, iOS, or Web. No matter which option you select, you can use the number from any of your devices after setting it up.

    For personal use selected on the Google Voice sign-up page.
  2. Sign in to your Google account if prompted and accept the terms of service.

    If you are signed in to multiple accounts, switch to the Google account you want to associate with your phone number.

  3. Start typing an area code or city in the search bar, then choose Select next to the number you want from the list.

    You don't have to use your actual location if you don't want callers to know your real area code.

    Phone number search and Select highlighted from Google Voice select number page.
  4. Select Verify, enter the phone number you want to link, then select Send code.

    The Send code option highlighted from the link number dialog box when signing up for Google Voice.
  5. Google will send you a text message with a code. Enter the code, then select Verify again.

    Verification code box to confirm Google Voice sign-up.
  6. Select Finish. You can now make calls and send texts with your Google Voice number.

    The Finish button highlighted to complete the Google Voice sign-up process.

How Does a Google Phone Number Work?

Go to the Google Voice page whenever you want to call from your web browser, or use the Google Voice app. When someone calls your Google number, the call forwards to your linked phone number. However, the caller will not see your phone number, so you effectively have two numbers for one phone.

Likewise, you can have your Google Voice number ring multiple phones, so you have several options for handling communications. In addition to free domestic calls and texting, Google Voice supports group messaging, voicemail transcription, and more.

The Google Voice web interface in Google Chrome.

How to Get a Google Number Phone Number for a Business

To get a Google phone number for your company, go to the Google Voice page and select For Business. Google offers some premium plans for businesses. For example, with the starter package, you can have up to 10 different users and make free calls to the US from any country.

While you can choose any available 10-digit phone number, Google Voice does not support 1-800 numbers.

For business on Google Voice sign-up page selected.

How Much Does a Google Phone Number Cost?

With Google Voice, you can make calls and send text messages within the U.S. and Canada for free, so long as your device is connected to the internet. That said, you must already have a phone number through a landline or mobile carrier. Google has a list of rates for international calls through Google Voice.

  • How can I get a Google phone number without a forwarding phone?

    You must have a forwarding phone number linked to your Google Voice account to get a Google phone number. However, you can set Wi-Fi as your preferred calling method. Open the mobile app and choose Settings > Calls > Make and receive calls > and tap Prefer Wi-Fi and mobile data. Also, make calls through the Voice app instead of your phone app (or on Google Voice from the web).

  • How do I get a Google phone number on Google Hangouts?

    Google Hangouts transitioned its calling and texting features to Google Voice. You can sign up for a Google Voice number if you don't already have one from the mobile app or the online sign-up page. To use the video calling and chatting features original to Hangouts, use the Google Meet and Google Chat apps. Another option is to use Google Duo for video chatting on your mobile device.

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