Despite being integrated with the hugely-popular Google Hangouts, Google Voice hasn’t lost its luster. It still boasts a legion of ardent fans who use it to call and SMS their contacts on the web. The only gremlin that holds Google Voice back is the absence of an official desktop client, with the exception of a Chrome browser extension.
This means you should not close your Google Voice browser page if you want to receive message or call alerts from your favorite contacts. Quite annoying, isn’t it? Luckily, we have compiled a list of the best Google Voice desktop app clients at the end of this article.
Before we discuss these apps, it is necessary to revisit the basics of installing and using Google Voice. This app is inbuilt in Gmail, hence is available to any Gmail user. It enables you to call another phone number from your desktop computer and make voice and video calls to another PC. Other features include call screening, conference calling, call forwarding and voice transcription. Unfortunately, Google Voice is only available in the US and Canada.
Requirements to Install Google Voice
The first thing you will need is a Google Voice account. Using your Google account, go to the Google Voice homepage and sign up. Google Voice allows you to select a single phone number that friends, colleagues or family members can contact you on. If you have several phone numbers, this single Google Voice number will ring all of them at the same time. This enables you to pick your incoming calls using the most convenient device.
The next step to buy a dedicated headset with an inbuilt microphone if you wish to make regular calls using your PC and safeguard your privacy.
Getting Set Up
Once you have created your Google Voice account, Google will prompt you to select your new phone number. You can search for it using a phrase, a word or any term that tickles your fancy.
Once you select it, you will be required to enter a 4-digit PIN that you will use in future to access your voicemail. This is shown below.
The third step is to add the list of phone numbers that you want Google Voice to forward to. This means setting up all your work phone, cell phone or home phone to ring simultaneously when the Google Voice number is dialed.
Finally, you will be asked to verify your phone number. Simply provide the code sent during the automated call in the slot provided.
Top 3 Desktop Client Applications for Google Voice
The fact that Google Voice is free to use and has a powerful signal that works even if you switch your network location makes it attractive. It is also lumps all your phone numbers into a single one makes it convenient. Here is the list of the top three desktop client apps that you can use with Google Voice to make it easier for you to receive call alerts.
Created specifically for Windows users, this powerful desktop client application enables you to listen to voicemail, send and receive SMS texts and connect with your contacts via calls. It instantly notifies you of any incoming message, calls or voice mailbox. It also keeps a detailed log of all calls received or dialed.
Built specifically for Mac enthusiasts, this Google Voice client allows its users to make or receive calls and SMS messages. You can also access the voice mailbox and send several SMS messages in a single batch. Its main advantage is its pleasant and easy-to-use interface, plus its ability to notify you of any alerts via customizable sounds.
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This is a Chrome extension that helps you stay connected with your Google Voice contacts through calls preview Inbox, send SMS and receive SMS notifications via the Chrome browser on your desktop. The extension appears in form of a button on the browser’s toolbar which alerts you of any incoming communications.