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How To Use Google Voice With Your iPhone, Android or BlackBerry

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Now that you’ve learned how to get started with Google Voice and how to use groups and rules for Google Voice it’s time to take Google Voice with you on your smartphone.

You can use Google Voice with any phone, but if you have a smartphone you gain some extra features and ease of use. Specifically we will look at the Google Voice app for Android and BlackBerry as well as two ways to use Google Voice on your iPhone.

This guide is part of a week-long series we’re calling Google Voice University, which will take you from a beginning Google Voice user all the way up to a Pro in a series of short guides.

The Google Voice apps and mobile website offer you on-the-go access to most of your Google Voice features including the ability to make calls from your Google Voice number easily, send text messages for free, receive voicemail transcriptions and help you make cheap international calls.

Google Voice for Android:

Google Voice for Android is arguably the most robust Google Voice app experience available with direct integration into your contacts for easy calling. The app has a built-in text message function so you don’t need to forward your texts, just respond to them from within Google Voice and you can read voicemail transcripts or listen without dialing in to a voicemail server.

The Google Voice app for Android now comes with a handy widget that allows you to start a call, send a text message or turn Google Voice on and off from your homescreen.

By default you can set Google Voice to On, Off, or International calls only, but you can find apps like Voice Plus that allow you to create calling rules based on groups so that you only use Google Voice with specific groups. Visit m.google.com/voice from your Android phone to download the app.

Source PhoneDog

Google Voice for BlackBerry:

Google has also created a Google Voice App for the BlackBerry which provides some integration to the operating system and like the Android app makes it easier to call your contacts with Google Voice without the need to dial your Google Voice number and then dial your contact’s number. You also have access to text messaging and voicemail transcription.

To get Google Voice for BlackBerry visit m.google.com/voice from your BlackBerry to download the app. For a full Google Voice for BlackBerry review check out PhoneDog.

Google Voice for iPhone – Mobile Web and GV Connect:

The Google Voice experience on the iPhone still lacks an official Google Voice app, though one is supposedly on the way, but users can use the m.google.com/voice mobile website to access many of the same features. You can also initiate a call through the mobile Google Voice webpage.

For users who want a more robust Google Voice experience on the iPhone there’s GV Connect. GV Connect is a $2.99 app that works with your Google Voice account to place calls, send text messages, receive voicemail transcriptions and manage your Google Voice account.

GV Connect is iOS4 compatible which means it can run in the background while you do other things on your iPhone.

Google Voice for Other smartphones:

Just as the iPhone can use the mobile Google Voice website, so can other web enabled smartphones such as those running PalmOS, Windows Mobile, Nokia S60 and others with a web browser. It looks like when Windows Phone 7 launches it will also have a dedicated Google Voice app.

This is part of Google Voice University, a week-long look at how to use Google Voice. Next up we will look at how to use Google Voice with any cell phone, how to make calls online, how to record phone calls and more — by the end of the course you’ll graduate with a masters in using Google Voice.

Josh Smith is a longtime mobile tech user, currently using a Droid as his primary smartphone. Josh is also an editor at Notebooks.com where he reviews notebooks and other mobile tech. Follow Josh on Twitter @Josh_Smith or email him Josh@Notebooks.com.

10 Comments

  1. Shnook69

    October 14, 2010 at 11:30 pm

    Hi, I have an iphone 4 with iOS4 and I can’t seem to be able to go the site after clicking m.google.com/voice. When I click it, I get an error message saying either “Too many HTTP redirects” or “safari can’t load page, too many redirects.” Also tried it with iPhone 3G that was Jailbroken, and still sam message. Is iphone or AT&T purposely doing this or am I doing something wrong? Does anyone have any advice? Please help!

    • Dssfsd

      October 16, 2010 at 4:30 am

      u should send a text message to yourself. then click on the sms link. hope that helps.

  2. tp

    October 15, 2010 at 5:43 pm

    Is Google Voice available to Canadians? i downloaded the app on my Android but when I try to connect is tries to sign in for about 60 seconds and then returns to the sign in screen.

  3. Komentra

    October 16, 2010 at 5:31 am

    Just downloaded GV Connect + and logged in to my Google Voice account but it’s not allowing me to make calls. Is there rates now for calling within the US? I thought it was free.

  4. Clayman478

    October 26, 2010 at 9:29 pm

    Downloaded app for droid x but c no option anywhere for making calls. Very frustrating n confusing

  5. Val

    November 8, 2010 at 11:17 pm

    Although m.google.com/voice is accessible to the iPod touch with iOS4, I have not been able to access it using my iPhone 4 running 4.1. My assumption is that either AT&T or Apple are blocking it, which makes this a censorship / refusing competition kind of deal.

    Unfortunately there is nothing written about this on the web which is very odd.

  6. Donna

    December 11, 2010 at 9:40 pm

    I am wondering what cell phones are compatible with google voice can you please tell me I have it on my computer phone and would like to have a cell phone that works with it if I am out of the house I don’t miss a call

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