How to Use Google Voice On Your Computer Desktop

Posted by Lindsay on September 5, 2016

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.
Google Voice IconBefore 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.

Google Voice Number

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.

4-Digit PIN Google Voice

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.

Verify Google Number

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.


VoiceMac iconBuilt 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.

Google Voice by Google

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.

5 thoughts on “How to Use Google Voice On Your Computer Desktop”

The new Google Voice desktop app is hopelessly crippled, and even though it finally supports mms messages they have deleted some of the most useful functionality of the Windows GV app such as a History button so all texts, voicemails, and calls can be seen a glance. Now, several clicks are required to review everything.

Also, the process of adding any type of new incoming number into Contacts take several clicks and screens. This is a great hit on productivity.

Along with all the usual bugs, the “new” GV desktop app is a nightmare in terms of ease of use and productivity.

I’m worried that at some point they are going to disable the “legacy” GV app which I still need to use to get anything done.

— R Carlson MD

Steve Holle says:
I downloaded GVNotifier and it doesn’t work. Google must have killed it.
Gordon says:
Does GVNotifier still work? I haven’t been able to logon since August 2016. It attempts to login but says redirecting and goes right back to login window..
Josh says:
I downloaded GVNotifier today, and it will not connect. Is there another Windows alternative? I’d like to close my Chrome browser once in a while.
Wally says:
Does GVNotifier still work? I haven’t been able to logon for two weeks.

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