How to set up Google Voice To Manage Your Android Phone. [ANDROID LIKE A PRO]

Posted: December 14, 2011 in Uncategorized
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So I have been getting asked all the time how to take full advantage of using google voice combined with an andropid phone so i figured i would work out some simple steps to try to help people use this great product on their phones to its fullest. I used a bunch of random peoples screen shots so don’t follow the red lines, but they are just meant to give you a better idea of what i am talking about.

1st –

you will need a google voice account.

1.) go to google and log into your gmail account.  then click on the “more” –> then “even more” from the drop down menu, scroll down until you find the google voice link and click on it.  it will walk you through some simple steps of setting up a google voice account.

2.) DO NOT PORT YOUR GOOGLE VOICE NUMBER TO YOUR CELL PHONE.  it will ask you if you want to do this and i don’t recomend it, Bascially that would change your cell number to your google voice number that you just picked out. it would also cause you to lose your current phone number, which is bad.

3.) It will ask you to for your real cell number as a way to verify the account.  USE THE CELL NUMBER YOU WANT TO MANAGE THE VOICE MAIL THROUGH.

Leave your computer be for a minute, and pick your phone back up again.

2nd

You will need to set up your google voice app on your phone

1.) go to the android market and download the app

2.) log in using the same information you just used to create the account. I recommend you select “do not use Google voice for any calls”

3.) I prefer the inbox widget, or the full half page widget on my phone both work great for managing voice mails and texts.

 

3rd

Time to connect the accounts.

1.) go back to your computer and go to the setting screen (do this by clicking the gear like looking icon on the left hand side near the top of your google voice inbox.

2.) on the “phones” tab you should see your mobile number listed under “MOBILE”

3.) below that there will be ahyper link the says “Activate your google voice mail on this phone”

4.) clcik there and follow the steps, it will ask to make a test call to your phone, and make you run some brief set up stuff on the app on your phone (depending on the device and carrier) then you will be ready to go.

 

When you get calls your phone should ring like normal, if you don’t answer it should be redirected to your voice mail recording on your Google voice.  Then after the caller leaves a message you will get a notification on your phone through the Google voice app.

Also their contact picture and a written transcription of what they said in the voice mail should appear in the widget.

Text messages sent to your Google voice number will also appear in the widget. TO GET FREE UNLIMITED TEXTING ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS TELL EVERYONE TO TEXT YOU AT THE GOOGLE VOICE NUMBER INSTEAD OF YOUR NORMAL NUMBER.

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