Getting started with Google Voice

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Getting started with Google Voice

  1. 1. Getting Started with…
  2. 2. Make sure you are logged into your Google (Gmail) account; then, visitwww.google.com/voice. You will see this screen (below). Accept Google’s termsand Privacy Policy, and click Proceed.
  3. 3. In order to protect your privacy, it is recommended that you choose a newnumber. Click I want a new number.
  4. 4. Next, add in your zip code and then click Search numbers. (Note: You can try tocustomize your number by adding in a word you want to include in your number.Try it and see if you get lucky!)
  5. 5. Once you have a selection of numbers in the window, choose the one you want.Then click Continue.
  6. 6. Next, Google wants to know to which phone number you’d like to have yourGoogle Voice calls forwarded. Enter your first choice. Then, select from the drop-down menu whether it is a home phone, mobile phone, or work phone.(*Note: You will be able to add additional phone numbers later.) Click Continue.
  7. 7. Next, Google will call your phone to verify that it’s really you. You’ll be asked toenter the 2-digit verification code to confirm. Click Call me now to start thisprocess.
  8. 8. Here’s the screen you’ll get while Google Voice is calling you:
  9. 9. And here’s what it looks like on my phone. (Do you like my beach scene?)When I answered, the nicecomputer voice promptedme to enter the 2-digitverification code on mycomputer screen.
  10. 10. Congratulations! You are now the proud owner of a Google Voice account. ClickFinish to be taken to your inbox.
  11. 11. Using your Google Voice AccountOnce you are taken to your inbox, you will see several things:
  12. 12. In the main pane of the screen, you will see the area where messages willpopulate. Notice that you are given not only the recording of the voicemail left,but also a transcription of the message. Typically, you’ll see the phone numberand city from which the message came as well as the date and time.If the message came in as a text, you will see the textmessage as any back-and-forth texting you do – all in onebox.
  13. 13. Underneath, you have the option to call the student or text them, right from yourcomputer screen. If you click the More drop-down menu, you’ll see options toadd a note or block the caller.
  14. 14. On the right, you’ll see options to call the student back from your computer …
  15. 15. …or text them.
  16. 16. Access your settings to customize your Google Voice account. This is where youwill add additional phone numbers (and set when you’d like Google Voice toforward to that number, and when you would NOT like it to be forwarded); recordyour voicemail message and set voicemail notifications; set your voicemail pin;determine how you want calls from Google Voice to be displayed on your phoneas well as on the phones of those you call; and manage your “Do Not Disturb”features. And so much more!
  17. 17. Explore your Google Voice settings andset your account up as you would like!Learn more atwww.google.com/googlevoice/about.html
  18. 18. ENDPlease return to your training.

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