Google Voice is a really useful (and free) Google service that lets you make and receive phone calls without a landline or mobile phone.
One of the more useful features in Google Voice is the voicemail feature. This is a great way to get messages from people through the contact form on your website, or simply as a normal number you want people to leave without leaving their actual phone number.
In this article, you will learn how to set up voicemail on your Google Voice account.
Don’t have Google Voice yet?
If you like the idea of using the voicemail feature on Google Voice, but you don’t yet have an account or Google Voice phone number, signing up is very easy.
- To get started, sign in to your Google account and travel Google Voice Page.
- Choose for personal use, And select the device type you want to use (Android, iOS, or Web).
- Add a home address or a personal phone number (optional).
- Type the name of the nearby city and select Choose Next to the number you want to claim.
Follow the on-screen instructions to set your new number. You can also link this Google Voice phone number to an existing landline or mobile phone number, if you want to call Google Voice to ring that phone.
How to set up voicemail on Google Voice
Now that you have your own Google Voice account and phone number, you actually have an active voicemail inbox as part of the account.
However, there are some things that you will need to set up voicemail so that it works properly.
1. When you are signed in to your Google Voice account, select the gear Adjustment Icon at the top right corner.
2. In the Settings section, select Voice mail From the left menu. This will automatically take you down to the Voice Mail Settings section.
3. There are three sections in voicemail settings where you can configure exactly how your Google voice voicemail feature will behave.
We will explore each of these Google Voice voicemail settings in the next section.
Google Voice voicemail settings
The first section to consider is yours Active greetings. You will see two buttons in this section.
- Record a greeting: Select this to record a new greeting with your microphone. You can record a greeting for up to 3 minutes. When finished, select the stop icon. Choose Save To save the greeting or Do it again to try again. Give your greeting a name and choose Save then.
- Manage all greetings: This will open a window where you can set any of your recorded messages as your current active message (you can only have one active at any time). To select a message, simply select and select the three dots to the right of it Set as active.
You will always see your current active greeting listed Active greetings Section of Voicemail greetings Box.
The second section is Receive voicemail via email Box. If you enable this, any newly recorded voicemail will be delivered directly to your Google email account. This will be the email address associated with the Gmail account you used to sign up for Google Voice.
The third and final section is Allow Google to analyze voicemail scripts. This is a privacy setting option. Enabling this allows Google to use your voicemail transcriptions to tweak and improve their voicemail transcription algorithm.
Beyond the settings you will find in the Google Voice voicemail settings section, there are some other settings that are relevant to configuring your voicemail.
Google Voice voicemail settings
There is one just above the voicemail settings section do not disturb Box with another voicemail setting.
Enabling this toggle will not forward any of your messages to the phone number assigned to your Google Voicemail account. Instead, it will take all calls directly to voicemail.
This is an option you want to use if you are traveling and do not want to be bothered by calls for some time.
Another voicemail option is the Google Voicemail settings page at the bottom. See the security section. The Filter filter The box is where you can enable spam filtering for your three Google Voicemail features – calls, messages and voicemail.
Enable this toggle to turn on this feature. This is especially useful if you find that you are receiving a lot of spam messages or voicemail. Google’s anti-spam algorithm is surprisingly effective at blocking these annoying contacts.
Other Google Voicemail Tips
Using Google Voicemail is extremely easy and convenient. When you select voicemail from the left navigation panel, you will access your list of recent voicemail messages.
Select any message to see a copy of voicemail. You can select the play button under this transcription to listen to the message.
When you select the three dots at the top right of the message, you’ll see a list of options for those things with your voicemail message.
Here are the important options:
- Find the sender in your contact list
- Delete or archive message
- Mark the message as spam, or block the number
- Download a copy of the message as a sound file
The bottom line is that once you set up voicemail on Google Voice, it works. It is also convenient, and gives you a place to store incoming calls where you can receive them on your own and on your own time. Tech Tips