Google Voice allows you to select a phone number of your choice. You can then link this phone number to up to six phones. For example, you could use Google Voice to create one number tied to your cellphone, your home phone and your office phone. This can help you stay in touch more conveniently, as your contacts only need to know one number rather than two or three or more.
Go to the Google Voice setup page (google.com/voice/?setup=1#setup/) to get started. Sign into your Google account if prompted. Click "I want a new number" in the box that opens.
Type your desired area code or ZIP code into the first of the two boxes in the next page, and your desired number or a word or phrase into the second box. Click "Search numbers" to search for a matching number. You may need to repeat this process a few times with modified criteria before you find an available number.
Click the number you have chosen to select it, and then click "Continue." Type a 4-digit pin into the two fields that appear for the purpose, and then click the box accepting Google Voice's terms. Click "Continue" again.
Type a number of one of your current phones into the appropriate field. This phone will ring when you receive a call to your Google number. Select the phone type, and then click "Continue." Google Voice then requests that you verify your phone. Click the "Call me now" button to receive a call on the phone number you entered. Answer the call, and then enter the confirmation number displayed on your screen.
Click "Finish" to go to your Google Voice account. You can now give out the number you created, as the phone you entered will ring whenever someone calls this number.
Tips & Warnings
- To add another phone to this number, click your new Google Voice number where it appears on the right side of the screen. Click "Add another phone" on the page that appears, and then follow the prompts to do so. You can also change other settings here.
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