In this video, staff author Jess Stratton describes to users what they can expect to accomplish with Google Voice, and reviews the primary features of the app.
- [Instructor] In early 2017 Google Voice got a massive redo of the interface though the core functionality is the same. With Google Voice, you get one phone number that's linked to you no matter how many devices or phone lines you have. You can have them all ring and get one text message transcribing a voicemail. You can get text messages also with your Google Voice number. You can make international calls for greatly a reduced rate and it has support for photo MMS as well as group messaging.
You can even use your mobile number and Google Voice separately. For example, if you don't want to give a stranger your real mobile number, give them your Google Voice number. The call will still come to your mobile phone while keeping your real number safe. You can also use Google Voice as an unmonitored number to accept voicemails only. Google Voice is currently only available to the US and Canada. If you're in Canada you will need a US phone number to get started, however, calls between both countries are free.
Also a new feature of Google Voice is transcribing voicemails into Spanish. To keep things easy, this new Google Voice is compartmentalized into three sections, messages, calls and voicemail. We'll be focusing on these for this course. The user interface overhaul is not quite complete however. To show you some steps that you'll need to do over this course, I'm going to go back to the legacy interface of Google Voice. I'm not going to show you every feature in this legacy version as it won't be around much longer.
However, if you see me go here it's because it's something that I have to show you for the course. Most of the course is focused on this new, clean interfaced version. Let's keep going.
- Getting a Google Voice number
- Activating and working with voicemail
- Sending text messages
- Making international and domestic calls
- Using Google Voice on a mobile phone