Aug 21, 2019

Make International Calls from Google Voice

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You can make cheap international calls using your Google Voice account. It’s quite easy to make the calls, and you can use any of your phones registered with Google Voice to make the call. You can initiate the calls online or from any of your registered phones. The international calls are cheap, but they’re not free, so you have to have some credits left in your account before calling. Google Voice is only available in the US with a US phone number. If you are outside the US and would like to call using Google, you can try Google Hangouts.
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This wikiHow teaches you how to call someone in another country using your Google Voice account. As long as you have a US-based phone number and access to the internet, you can use Google Voice on any computer, phone, or tablet to place cheap international phone calls over the internet. If you haven't already created your Google Voice account, see [[Use Google Voice|How to Use Google Voice]].
 
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== Steps ==
 
== Steps ==
=== Making International Calls Online ===
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=== Using a Computer ===
#Go to Google Voice. Visit the [http://voice.google.com Google Voice website] from any web browser. If you’re outside the US, you will be directed to Google Chat or Hangouts since Google Voice may not be available in your area.[[Image:Make International Calls from Google Voice Step 1.jpg|center]]
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# Go to https://www.voice.google.com in a web browser. If you're not already signed in, follow the on-screen instructions to do so now. [[Image:Make International Calls from Google Voice Step 2.jpg|center]]  
#Sign in. Under the Sign In box, type in your Google email address and password. This is your one Google ID for all of Google’s services. Click the “Sign in” button to proceed.[[Image:Make International Calls from Google Voice Step 2.jpg|center]]
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#* If you're new to Google Voice, see [[Use Google Voice|How to Use Google Voice]] to learn how to sign up for an account.
#Check your credits. Before making the call, check first if you have enough credits. You can see your available calling credit on the bottom of the left panel.[[Image:Make International Calls from Google Voice Step 3.jpg|center]]
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# Check the international rates at https://ift.tt/2Zn8Fzr. Although domestic calls are free, you'll need to add credits to your account when calling internationally. Search for the country you're calling to find out the per-minute rate so you know how much money you'll need in your account.  
#Initiate the call. Once you’ve confirmed you have enough credits, click the “Call” button on the header of the left panel.[[Image:Make International Calls from Google Voice Step 4.jpg|center]]
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#Check your balance. Once you have any idea of how much the call will cost, make sure you have enough to cover it. To check your balance:<ref>https://ift.tt/2HiMjsw>
#Enter a phone number. A small window will appear right under the “Call” button. Enter the phone number to call in the first field, then select the phone you will use to make this call from the drop-down list. Google Voice will call the phone you’ve selected and connect you to the number you’re calling. Be sure to enter the phone number with the proper prefix and country code.[[Image:Make International Calls from Google Voice Step 5.jpg|center]]
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#* Click the gear icon near the top-right corner of the page.
#Connect. Click the “Connect” button on the bottom of the window. Google Voice will now call your phone to initiate the call. Answer it.[[Image:Make International Calls from Google Voice Step 6.jpg|center]]
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#* Click '''Payments''' in the left menu.
#Have the call. Once you’ve answered your phone, Google Voice will now call the phone number you’ve entered and connect you to it. Wait for the recipient to answer.[[Image:Make International Calls from Google Voice Step 7.jpg|center]]
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#* Your balance appears next to "Current Balance" at the top of the page.  
#* To end a call, just click the red phone icon in the small window.
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#* To add more money to your account, click '''Add credit''' next to the balance, select an amount, and then follow the on-screen instructions to process your payment.
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#* Click the '''X''' at the top-left corner of the Settings page to return to Google Voice.
=== Making International Calls from a Phone ===
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# Click the Calls tab. It's the phone receiver icon at the top of the left menu. This displays your Google Voice inbox and the phone keypad.  
#Dial your Google Voice number. From any of the phone numbers you’ve registered with your Google Voice account, dial your Google Voice number.[[Image:Make International Calls from Google Voice Step 8.jpg|center]]
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#* If you don't see the phone keypad, click '''Show phone keypad''' at the bottom-right corner of the page.
#Initiate the call. When prompted, press 2 on your keypad to make a call.[[Image:Make International Calls from Google Voice Step 9.jpg|center]]
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# Enter name or phone number of the person you're calling. If you're calling someone in your contacts list, you can start typing their name into the "Enter a name or number" field above the keypad and then click the contact in the search results. If not, just click the keypad to enter the international phone number beginning with a + (plus) symbol and country code.<ref>https://support.google.com/voice/answer/3379129?co=GENIE.Platform%3DDesktop&hl=en&oco=0</ref>
#Enter a phone number. A voice prompt will tell you to enter the phone number you’d wish to call. Enter it in using your phone’s dial pad, and press the pound (#) key afterwards. Be sure to enter the phone number with the proper prefix and country code.[[Image:Make International Calls from Google Voice Step 10.jpg|center]]
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#* For example, if you were calling Brazil, the country code is ''+55''.
#Have the call. Google Voice will connect you to the phone number you’ve entered. Wait for the recipient to answer. [[Image:Make International Calls from Google Voice Step 11.jpg|center]]
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# Click the Call button. It's the phone receiver icon above the keypad. Before the call connects to the number, you'll hear a message about the rate for the call (or that the call is being placed through Google Voice).<ref>https://ift.tt/2ZgbrWP> You will not be charged until the call connects to the recipient (or their voicemail).  
 
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#* The call's controls will appear on the screen once the call is placed. You can click the '''Hold''' button to place the other party on hold, '''Mute''' to mute your microphone, '''Message''' to send a text message, or '''Keypad''' to bring up the keypad.  
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#* When you're ready to end the call, click the red phone receiver icon to hang up.  
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=== Using an Android, iPhone, or iPad ===
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# Check the international rates at https://ift.tt/2Zn8Fzr. Although domestic calls are free, you'll need to add credits to your account when calling internationally. Search for the country you're calling to find out the per-minute rate so you know how much money you'll need in your account.
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# Open the Google Voice app. It's the green and white speech bubble icon with a phone receiver inside. You should find it in the app drawer (on an Android) or on the home screen (on an iPhone or iPad).
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#* If you haven't already downloaded the Google Voice app, you can do so for free from the Play Store (Android) or App Store (iPhone/iPad).
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#* If you're new to Google Voice, see [[Use Google Voice|How to Use Google Voice]] to learn how to sign up for an account.
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#Check your balance. Once you have any idea of how much the call will cost, make sure you have enough to cover it. To check your balance:
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#* Tap the menu at the top-left corner of the screen.
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#* Tap '''Settings'''.
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#* Your balance appears under "Payments.
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#* To add more money to your account, tap '''Add credit''' under "Payments," select an amount, and then follow the on-screen instructions to pay.  
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#* Tap the back button to return to Google Voice when you're finished.
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# Tap the Calls icon. It's the phone receiver at the bottom of the screen. Your recent calls, if any, will appear.
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# Enter the name or phone number of the person you're calling. If you want to call someone in your contacts, start typing their name into the search bar and then tap the contact when it appears. Otherwise, tap '''Dial''' at the bottom of the screen to open the dialpad, then dial the phone number beginning with a plus (+) symbol and country code.
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#* For example, if you were calling Brazil, the country code is ''+55''.
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# Tap the Call button. It's the phone receiver icon. Before the call connects to the number, you'll hear a message about the rate for the call (or that the call is being placed through Google Voice).  
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#* The call's controls will appear on the screen once the call is placed. You can tap the '''Hold''' button to place the other party on hold, '''Mute''' to mute your microphone, '''Message''' to send a text message, or '''Keypad''' to bring up the keypad.
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#* When you're ready to end the call, tap the red phone receiver icon to hang up.
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