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How-To Set Up Google Voice On Your Android Phone

Install Google Voice on Android MobileEveryone loves Google Voice, but what’s better than using it from your computer?  Using it on your phone of course!  iPhone users are still stuck using the HTML5 browser version, but on Android you can download the full app that works as a virtual phone on your phone!

On Android the Google Voice app integrates so well that you can switch completely over to your Google Voice number near seamlessly. But what is so great about Google Voice?  Why do I care in the first place?  Here are a few features that I really enjoy:

Good enough to try it out on your Android?  Lets set it up then on our Android!

Step 1 – Download and Install Google Voice

On your Android phone the Market app will be located in the App Drawer, or on your home screen as a shortcut.  Tap Market to open it.

Google Android Market

Step 2 – Search

In the Android market, Tap the Search icon.

Mobile Android Market Search

Step 3

In the search box that appears, Type in Google Voice. Tap the Google Voice option that appears below the search box to initiate the serach.

Mobile Android Market Google Voice

Step 4 – Be sure to install the right one!

Now the results should display quite a few Google apps, but the one on top should be Google Voice by Google IncTap the Google Voice result.

Mobile Android Market Google Voice

Step 5 – Install

The Google Voice app will display some brief information on it’s page, but at the bottom is what we are looking for.  Tap Install.

Mobile Android Market Install Google Voice

Step 6 – EULA

As with all applications, Android will warn you that Google Voice will have access to different parts of your phone.  Google Voice certainly does access A LOT of your phone, but then again it needs to in order to function properly.  Tap OK to confirm.

Mobile Android Market Install Google Voice EULA

Step 7 – Load the Google Voice App

Once the installation finishes, your Google Voice app should show up in your App Drawer. Be sure to look for the Google Voice icon! Tap Voice to open it.

Launch Google Voice on the Android

Step 8 – Welcome to Google Voice

The first thing you see when the app runs is the welcome screen.  Google will just tell you what it is, and what it does.  To continue, Tap Next.

Google Voice on Android Mobile Welcome Screen

Step 9 – Sign in

You’ll need a Google account at this point, and hopefully one that you’ve already set up Google Voice on.  If you haven’t, head on over in your browser and set your Google account up to use Google Voice, anyone can do it now that it has gone public!

If your Google Account is already set up with Voice, enter your account info and Tap Sign in.

Google Voice on Android Mobile Sign-in

Step 10

After sign-in is complete you’ll be notified you have access to Google Voice from this phone.  Tap Next.

Google Voice on Android Mobile Sign-in

Step 11 – Add Your Phone

If you haven’t already added your cell phone number to Google Voice here is where to do it.  Tap Add this phone.

OR

If your cell phone is already on this Google Voice account, Tap your number from the list.

Google Voice on Android Mobile Config

Step 12

Unlike the web-based Google Voice, the app will automatically verify your phone number by sending a text message.  This is just a standard text message that will count as 1 outgoing text according to your providers texting plan.  Tap Next.

Google Voice on Android Mobile Config Verify Number

After verification is complete, Tap Next again.

Google Voice on Android Mobile Config Verify Number

Step 13 – Google Voice Usage Preference

On the next screen Google will ask you when you would like to use it to make your phone calls.  This setting also applies to text messages, Google just forgot to mention it.  You have 4 options:

  • Use Google Voice to make all calls
  • Do not use Google Voice to make any calls*
    *With this setting you can still make calls using Google Voice, but that must be done from within the Google Voice app.
  • Only use Google Voice for international calls
  • Ask every time I make a call*
    *A dialog will appear every time you send a call or text asking if you would like to use your Google Voice number to send it.

Google Voice on Android Mobile Config Usage Preference

Step 14 – Set up Voicemail

From what I can tell, automatic voicemail setup is rather buggy.  Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t.   Tap Next to give it a shot.

Google Voice on Android Mobile Voicemail Setup

If everything worked out you’ll be set, otherwise you’ll see a page letting you know that:

“Unfortunately your network carrier is currently not supported for automatic voicemail configuration.  To use Google Voice as our voicemail provider, please visit the Google Voice Help Center for more information.”

There is a manual way to configure it, but it can get really really confusing.  A MUCH easier way to configure your Google Voicemail is to just go to http://www.google.com/voice, sign-in, and set it up.

Google Voice on Android Mobile Voicemail Setup

Done!

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Stay tuned over the next couple days as I’ll be posting a few more Screenshot tours of Google Voice in action on the Android as well as a few tips N’ tricks!

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8 Responses to How-To Set Up Google Voice On Your Android Phone

  1. Erwin September 6, 2010 at 10:23 pm #

    It doesn’t work for the Netherlands yet :-/

    • shockersh September 7, 2010 at 9:54 am #

      Aye…. Google Voice is only good in the US and Canada… Sorry bro!

  2. beyond_life September 7, 2010 at 5:09 am #

    Ja we vallen buiten de boot helaas.

  3. Juihuan September 12, 2010 at 12:29 am #

    @shocker – I thought you can call Canada but google voice I think is us only. ?

    • Jordan Austin October 1, 2010 at 4:15 am #

      You can call to Canada no problem for free. I’ve heard some people saying that you couldn’t get the Google vice to work in Canada. I’m not sure if it doesn’t work with the phones/carriers in Canada. I just had a layover several days ago in Vancouver BC so I switched my phone to use Google voice only and was able to make and receive calls with zero problems. It was really awesome!

  4. Jose July 5, 2011 at 4:39 pm #

    I can only use it from within my Gmail Account, I can not make it work yet in Colombia. :( anyway I am happy being able to call for free to the US form here!

    • MrGroove July 5, 2011 at 6:19 pm #

      Good info to know Jose. Keep us updated if you can get it rollin…. have you tried the browser version from the phone?

  5. Jaydeep March 6, 2012 at 3:09 pm #

    Hi I am using LG optimus 2x but i could not configure google voice on my cell phone it asks me for my four digit pin but i haven’t got a number
    Please help me !

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