How to Use Google to Make Voice Calls

Did you know that you can use Google to make voice calls? 

Google offers an easy way to make voice calls directly from your computer or mobile device. In fact, calls within Canada and the United States are free, and international calls are very inexpensive. 

Here's everything you need to know to use Google to make voice calls. 

Make a Voice Call Using Google Hangouts on Your Computer

Google Hangouts
It's easy to change your default microphone and speaker settings in Google Hangouts. Google

Google Hangouts is the application that you will use to make voice calls via Google. Here's how to use the Hangouts application to make free and low-cost voice calls on your computer.

How to make voice calls on your computer using Google Hangouts

  • Go to Google Hangouts. You can either go to or if you're already signed into Google you can select the Google Hangouts from the list of available apps under the menu on the upper right side of the screen. (Note: The menu looks like a square made up of nine dots). Using either option will result in the home page of Hangouts to be displayed on the screen.  
  • Select the telephone icon with the words "Phone Call" under it from the front page.
  • A window will appear on the right side of the screen. Here you'll find a list of calls that you've previously placed, as well as a field to enter the contact details of the person/people you want to call. If the person you want to call is in your Google contacts, you can type their name in the field provided and, if their phone number is associated with their Google profile, it will show up and you can click on their name to begin your call. Otherwise, enter their phone number and click on the phone icon near the word "call."
  • Your call will be initiated. Once the recipient of the call has answered, a keypad will appear on the right side of the screen showing the call in progress. Here you'll also find details on the cost of the call (it will say "free" if it's within the US and Canada), and will also have the option to "mute" your end of the call. Additionally, you can click on the gear icon on the top right in order to change your microphone and speaker settings.

Make a Voice Call Using Google Hangouts on Your Computer

You can use Google Hangouts to make voice calls on your computer or mobile device. Google

In order to make voice calls using Google on your mobile device, you'll need to download and install the Google Hangouts app. 

How to make voice calls on your mobile device using Google Hangouts

  • Install Google Hangouts on your mobile device. Or, if you already have the app, it is worthwhile to check for updates to make sure that you have access to the latest and greatest features.
  • Open the app. Sign in using your Google screen name and password if prompted.
  • Tap the phone icon on the bottom right of the screen
  • A screen will appear containing your call history, if any. If the contact you want to call is in the history list, then simply tap on the contact's name to begin your call. Otherwise, tap the green icon at the bottom of the screen to bring up the keypad, and enter the number you wish to call. 
  • Once your call is in progress, you'll have the option to mute your end of the line, as well as to use your Phone speaker or ​​Bluetooth headset. You can also add additional parties to the call by tapping on the icon of a person at the top right of the screen. 

Why would you want to use Google to make a call on your mobile device, you may ask? You already have a phone built in and ready to use! Well, depending on where you are calling to and from, Google may offer a lower price to place your call than your existing mobile service provider. Click over to the next page for Google call rates as well as tips and tricks for using Google Hangouts to make voice calls. 

Tips and Tricks for Making Voice Calls Using Google Hangouts

Google makes things easy!. Adam Berry/Getty Images

Tips and Tricks

In short, Google provides a variety of ways to chat — including by voice — through Google Hangouts, a fun, easy and affordable way to keep in touch.