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Google Voice
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Google Voice gives you a phone number for calling, text messaging, and voicemail. It works on smartphones and computers, and syncs across your devices so you can use the app in the office, at home, or on the go. NOTE: Google Voice only works for personal Google Accounts in the US and G Suite accounts in select markets. Text messaging is not supported in all markets. You’re in control Get spam filtered automatically and block numbers you don’t want to hear from. Manage your time with personalized settings for forwarding calls, text messages, and voicemail. Backed up and searchable Calls, text messages, and voicemails are stored and backed up to make it easy for you to search your history. Manage messages across devices Send and receive individual and group SMS messages from all your devices Your voicemail, transcribed Google Voice provides advanced voicemail transcriptions that you can read in the app and/or have sent to your email. Save on international calling Make international calls at competitive rates without paying extra for international minutes with your mobile carrier Keep in mind: • Google Voice is currently only available in the US. Google Voice for G Suite users is available in select countries. Check with your administrator for access. • Calls made using google voice for iphone can be placed through a Google Voice access number. All access number based calls use the standard minutes from your cell phone plan and may incur costs (e.g. when traveling internationally).
Enhancements
by nth2019 on 2019/09/21 23:56
Please provide ability to delete multiple messages easily. It’s too complicated to delete messages using mobile app.
Update made it worse
by Inmycudizone on 2019/09/21 16:52
Why update if it’s gonna making it worse???
No Apple Watch support?
by R & R on 2019/09/21 14:41
I gave 4 stars because there is no ability to get notified on your Apple Watch. Crazy that they haven’t updated for this yet
Great overall. One annoying fault.
by ANickNameNoOneElseHas! on 2019/09/20 20:27
First off, one needs to understand how Google services and apps work together to get the most out of this. Don’t expand the an address book in this, because that’s what Google Contacts is for. Second, you will need a linked phone to activate service but you do NOT have to keep that phone linked to continue using GV. The only issue I’m having right now on the iPad is notifications are not coming through. If I’m not right at my iPad when a call comes in the is no notification until I deliberately open the app. Pretty stupid time to get them, when I’m already checking, hours after calls came in.
Needs touch id/face id support
by TJN617 on 2019/09/20 11:33
Please add passcode lock for this app. This should have already been added by now. It’s such an obvious and glaring oversight. Come on google!
I can’t text with my google voice number anymore
by marieesullivan83 on 2019/09/20 04:58
All of a sudden I couldn’t text with my google voice number. I logged out and to log back in has been an issue, please do something about this!!
doesn't support Share Contact
by beckskid12345 on 2019/09/19 22:21
Just updated the app as it says it supports vCard. I shared a contact from iPhone via text message snd it is showing “file type not supported”
Number showed is different than actual phone number
by Churros4 on 2019/09/19 21:42
When someone calls me it shows a different phone number than the actual number calling me. Until I go to the call history I can’t see the actual phone number.
Can we get TouchID / FaceID login Please??
by San Fran Mission on 2019/09/19 03:27
I don’t like people reading my text when I lend them my phone to make a call. Can you please FaceID login?
Don’t hate Siri
by Luv iOS on 2019/09/18 19:44
Hi team, Being a google product I understand you restrict siri use. But for this app you should integrate Siri which help me like users who solely depends on the voice call for international home calling. Also that confirm dialog every time very annoying. There is no way to suppress that confirmation dialogue. Why you are confirming? Do I have a option to reroute through other number ? You can at least have an option if the user want place the call directly. Siri integration will help in dial someone bit quicker or say on voice command You have assistant app for iOS why not make a good use of that in these kind of apps
Newest update has Bugs
by kaycbabe on 2019/09/18 18:30
The newest update won’t allow me to send pictures This is significantly impacting my business and needs to be fixed ASAP
Still as disappointment...
by ptrtech2 on 2019/09/18 10:46
Lots of things that can't be done still within this app. Share being peak among them. Nope. VCARD receipt still broken
Always a Fan ✰
by #Just·Ā·Card*Player on 2019/09/18 02:44
I've Used G.Voice since - Forever, it works Great. Never failed. Excellent way to screen calls, Easily Block Callers |mark Spam. ☻
On ipad this is as good as it gets
by groingo on 2019/09/17 18:13
On my tablet this is as good as it gets but no matter what it refused to work on my iphone 6 S....I'll still take it while my iphone uses Hangouts which oddly works great...both by Google.
Please return SPAM marker
by YouPlick! on 2019/09/16 15:00
I used to be able to mark SPAM calls as SPAM. Now it only allows calls to be archived or deleted. If I don’t go to the desktop to mark them as SPAM, they’ll continue to come in until I do.
Incoming call doesn’t ring on iPhone 6
by Noorungi on 2019/09/15 14:13
It perfectly works on my iPad, Android phones and my wife’s iPhone 8. I set GV on iPhone 6, which I’d like to use as my 2nd phone. Messaging and outbound calls are working well, but incoming calls doesn’t ring my iP6. I made sure I set iP6 as incoming call getting devices on settings. I think GV doesn’t perfectly support iP6.
frequent errors sending
by wisbucky on 2019/09/14 20:29
Latest version has frequent "error: this message was not successfully delivered". Very frustrating.
Version 19.36 ... issues!
by duN36U9 on 2019/09/14 19:13
Previous version was more stable. With latest version the texts hesitate sending as the little wheel spins in the upper panel of the phone. Then it often displays a message that the message was not sent. Two steps forward, four steps back.
Complete junk doesn’t work
by Piew piew on 2019/09/14 18:48
Keep getting message delivery failures and pictures don’t send at all.
I hate this
by Hont000 on 2019/09/12 17:03
I don’t know my Google voice number stopped working....You all need to fix this
Can’t delete / update Contacts in app
by joanna220 on 2019/09/12 14:24
I have duplicate contacts that I Manually typed in who have changed phone numbers and I can’t delete the oldvphone number so I sometimes contact the wrong number In erorr. I’ve deleted the wrong ones in the mobile site but can’t delete them in the app which is easier to get to.
Austin
by AustinAbah on 2019/09/11 21:21
Why can’t I create numbers anymore?
Alerts
by ----1st----- on 2019/09/11 20:28
Would be nice to be able to change incoming alert tones.
Good but...
by Gabe254 on 2019/09/11 14:42
I like the app. It’s easy to use with clear functionality that allows for smooth usage; although, the quality of phone calls is often spotty with interference or calls being dropped more often than on other apps. The app has a lot of interesting function, but feel as though the extras aren’t being used to their full capacity. For example: Google voice’s “Do Not Disturb” feature has to be turned on manually and then turned off again. Why isn’t there an option to set a schedule for example? Or maybe a way to set dates and reoccurring exceptions, similar to what digital calendars now do. That would be very convenient, but we’ll see if it gets there. Either way, it’s not a bad app and can be useful for many things.
It won’t accept calls
by Khufu did on 2019/09/10 19:51
Every time someone calls it wont work. I won’t hear anything. I have to be the one to call. This is not good for my business!
Totally broken for receiving calls
by VadMK on 2019/09/09 15:49
All calls directed to Voicemail without a single call!
DOES NOT WORK ON MY IPHONE
by curranthe1 on 2019/09/08 20:54
I have made several attempts to get started, keep receiving error messages that this phone cannot be used to verify a google voice number. This has become extremely frustrating; now i will seek out another way to obtain an alternate phone number. Thank you and no thank you
Calls keep dropping
by Javs24 on 2019/09/06 23:20
After the calls connect it just let me talk for 10 seconds and then the call disconnects
Stopped working
by AJ37475337744 on 2019/09/06 17:02
My app stopped allowing me to make calls or receive calls. Been using this number for over a year. Very frustrating.
Multitasking
by spac92 on 2019/09/05 15:29
I’d really like to be able to go and view messages while on a call. I can’t seem to do that.
Can’t open app after Latest update
by Rodent8 on 2019/09/05 02:01
I updated my google voice 2days ago and now I can’t open the app. I have an iPhone 7 and have been using google voice for two years now with no issues. I use it for work and now I can’t access my work contacts or numbers! Please fix this ASAP! Thank you!
Deleting a number
by nutella_98 on 2019/09/04 19:36
I have a very difficult time to understand why Google’s Voice team has the inability to improve basic interactions!? Gmail was an annoyance because they have implemented a feature whereby swiping an email item to the left or right (configurable in preferences) will immediately delete the email without even giving users a chance to make sure the swipe was intentional as opposed to a mistake. Hence, it is very easy to accidentally delete an email item. Contrast this with Google Voice where it takes four (4!!!) taps to delete a call item. First, you have to tap on the call to open it up. Second, you need to tap the menu icon to open the menu. Third, you need to tap “Delete” from the menu options. And finally, fourth, you need to tap on “Delete” again in the popup to confirm that you do want to delete the item. WHOA!!! Assume you have 50 calls you want to delete and now you are looking at half an hour keep deleting calls. Guys, I am on vacation. Could you possibly add a couple of more taps to carry out this basic delete action!? But please don’t even try to implement the basic swipe to delete action (like everyone else) because that would be way too fast and simple. Just keep the way it has been done in the 90s.
Straight Crap
by K_K3i on 2019/09/03 03:08
Calls either come up as Missed without ringing or drop soon after answer. Trash.
Engr
by Roselucycollins on 2019/09/02 02:26
Please why do I have issues sending messages to my contact list and the call symbols isn’t showing up
Decent messaging app
by Ercsthnnz on 2019/08/30 19:21
Overall a decent app. Sometimes a bit laggy or slow, but it gets the job done fine
Delayed, duplicate notifications
by benkuhn on 2019/08/30 18:42
It’s not awesome to get repeated fake notifications that I missed a call from PagerDuty :/ Actually, unclear why missed call notifications exist at all given that I already get iPhone missed call notifications. They were annoying and useless even without the duplicates/delays.
Not working!
by jbatanides on 2019/08/30 04:53
When I switched my phone from a droid to an IPhone it has not worked properly. When I try to sign in it says, “Your account is ready for voice yet” It worked for a while then it stopped working. I have not been able to access google voice since.
Cannot delete contacts
by Ajeffer2 on 2019/08/29 19:14
I imported the contacts from my phone on accident and am trying to remove them from google voice. However I have been unsuccessful on doing so. There is not a remove contact option within the app and the contacts are not showing up with I login on my laptop.
Deleting this app
by Dilexus on 2019/08/29 15:07
I find it real stupid that we can’t change our number without paying $10!!!
Notifications Broken
by (500) Hours of Bummer on 2019/08/28 16:48
Marking a notification as read on web doesn’t remove the notification on mobile.
Bugs, bugs and more bugs
by DrkRomeo on 2019/08/28 04:18
This app is literally so behind.
Not Happy
by What$$ on 2019/08/27 05:05
For the past day I can receive texts but can’t send them, it tells me “message send failure” “not sent, tap to retry” but they get stuck and never send. This is not the first time this has happened. I am not impressed.
Will no longer open on my iPhone 6
by Satchriani on 2019/08/26 21:04
Running iOS 12.4 the app will no longer stay open on the screen but will run in the background. Please fix!!
Cannot access voicemail
by Andrew in NY on 2019/08/26 08:10
I never received a PIN to access my voicemail.
I like it
by Vitaliy_pro220 on 2019/08/24 21:43
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Fix it
by MzBree53 on 2019/08/21 20:36
There’s a bug in which badge notifications don’t go away after you view it
DONT UPDATE
by areyoukiddingdude on 2019/08/21 18:43
If you don’t update to the newest version, while your current version is working well, you’ll be just fine!!!
Too many spam calls
by DustinMarc on 2019/08/21 15:36
I get nonstop spam calls on my google voice number and there is no way to stop them. Please let me block every number not in my contacts.
Help
by thevampirediaries101 on 2019/08/21 03:28
I wanted to use this app but when I was setting up with my real number it said that I couldn’t register with that number, I’m not sure if it is bc it starts with 551 or idk
Can’t COPY numbers = Failed UI
by ChristopherMusic on 2019/08/20 17:52
There are a lot of reasons this app is horrible but NOT BEING ABLE TO COPY NUMBERS from the list of calls or messages is its biggest usability fail. Copying used to work so someone at Google made this choice (limited this feature) intentionally.
Doesn’t receive calls
by champenopa on 2019/08/20 16:20
My phone doesn’t ring whenever I get a call. It just goes straight to voicemail. Please fix that
If it doesn’t want us to reclaim the number, it should at least ask us to pay
by Princeisaacrana on 2019/08/20 13:32
Such a useless app, I moved to Sideline. I will never comeback!
Caller id needs to let me know it's google!!
by Philly Ralph on 2019/08/20 13:05
The whole idea is good, but the phone calls need to say google voice on the caller Id and not be so difficult to tell the difference on which of my phone lines is ringing!!!! Why can't you guys keep this function on the app???!! It's so irking.
Lot of calls drops, distortion, poor quality and data collection
by sgdesai74 on 2019/08/20 00:23
Calls connect but no response from other, we have to keep trying numerous times to make a call , it is performing worst for international calls which I mainly use despite of so called frequent bug fix, stability,performance improvements .Looks like personal data collection is the main goal here with app Whatsapp call quality is much better than this app even with video.
Crashes on startup -iPhone 6s
by Nadleroni on 2019/08/19 21:01
Wow. Not good. Closes immediately when I try to open it. iOS 12.3.1 Can I get an older version that works, please? I have a bunch of new calls/messages I need to check.
5 Stars but needs 1 feature
by milanm8 on 2019/08/18 20:45
I love the app but it needs 1 more feature. I would like the ability to answer from the google voice app instead of the regular phone app.
Great app
by Rusty iguana on 2019/08/18 19:55
This is the main way I communicate. It works very well and I don't find many issues. The only thing I wish it had is the ability to send videos. When I want to show my friends videos I cant really send it through chat. So I either struggle to email it or they don’t see it at all.
Wealth
by indoll on 2019/08/18 12:23
Account get lock easily
Stopped working
by Sofia123321! on 2019/08/18 03:11
Worked really well for months! All of a sudden it stops working. I can’t send texts or calls. I delete the app and redownload. Now it’s not allowing me to get back in.
No video option
by ahskfoeuebf slajebf f on 2019/08/16 05:09
It’s awful that we can even send a small 30 second video
App not even opening
by daang amanda on 2019/08/15 21:06
Just downloaded and keep getting error message. Unable to even login.
Unable to send a group text to more than 7 people
by JK$987654321 on 2019/08/15 18:53
Not able to send a group text message to more than 7 people after last update. Same problem on desktop as well. Disappointing!!
Doesn’t Work
by mumbo69 on 2019/08/14 20:16
Upgraded my iPhone and now it won’t allow me to use the new phone, completely useless!
Broken
by hdbekdhevrkdb on 2019/08/14 15:53
Can’t even launch app after updating on 8/14/2019, even after restarting my iPhone X (running 12.3.1).
APP is Trash
by CAdeckboss on 2019/08/13 15:34
This app quoting working (txt and calls would fail to send) I logged out and now cannot log back in. I have been receiving a “Something went wrong, try again later” prompt for the last 4 days trying to login. I use this app to run my small business and this is severely hurting my ability to contact and communicate with l clients. Google does not offer any support to help me get logged back into the app. I would not recommend this application to anyone who relies on the service to work consistently.
Really convenient app
by SummerPCTech on 2019/08/12 20:59
Honestly it’s a really good app. It’s simple and I haven’t had any problems yet. Occasionally texts pics get stuck on not sending but that’s really minor and you can delete that text anyways. For a free app this is amazing!
Love this app
by TessAnn818 on 2019/08/12 16:14
So easy to use!! Great job. A must have
Ringtones and alerts
by Twallyx5 on 2019/08/11 17:33
Please give us the ability to select ringtones
Don’t get
by hananwnnwmwmdmdmmdjdnd on 2019/08/11 16:27
This thing stinks don’t get!
Is not working
by dwboehr on 2019/08/10 18:35
App cuts out and no sounds in the middle of calls.
Concept great but some big issues
by Reggae Ball on 2019/08/09 17:14
They really need more options on the notifications, I want sound on calls but not for texts etc. Right now I’m getting repetitive notifications. Also it would be amazing if we could pay to have mutiple numbers, and that we could have multiple GV numbers that go to my cell. I’d hand our one GV number for personal reasons, and another for work reasons and then I’d be able to filter them automatically. I’d pay for that time saver rather than have to customize options on how contacts calls are sorted. Thanks!
Notifications
by gummybear pimp on 2019/08/09 16:14
This app and Service has a few good qualities, but the one that stands out, that really irritates me, is if I get a text message, and I read it, and I close the app, it still says that I have a text message and sometimes I have to open the app three or four times before it goes away or I have to completely shut down the app and then open it back up to get it to go away it is maddening
Overall Great app but missing a key feature
by Karate chop35784 on 2019/08/07 21:45
This app is awesome in almost every way. The controls are responsive and the UI is clean. The only gripe I have with it, though, is that you can’t share things from other apps to it. What I mean is that if you want to share something via google voice in another app, you can’t access it via the share button, you have to copy the link or save the image/video, go to the app, and then send it. Makes sharing content much less convenient than other messaging apps. Other than that, though, the app works wonderfully.
Google voice > sliced bread
by Not a wb on 2019/08/07 20:25
I’ve used and loved this app since its inception. It’s amazingly simple and useful. My only request would be to incorporate ’s voip features allowing it to be used as an alternative dialect on iOS. For example, “hey Siri, call (person) with google voice.” This is entirely possible with existing  iOS APIs with zero modifications. Please make it happen. Until then, I love GV enough to still give it ⍟⍟⍟⍟⍟!
Doesn't sync
by bambis bliss on 2019/08/07 18:00
I am trying to run a business and it's hard to do using Google voice as my number bc the calls that come thru are mostly marked as spam. When I try to send my clients a text they don't go through. I spent 30 mins sending all my clients a text and then realized none of them sent. Very annoying. Every message failed to send.
Problematic sending pictures
by jkirk1626 on 2019/08/06 18:37
Won’t rewind and fast-forward through voicemails correctly. Instead of rewinding voicemails, Google Voice tries to drag the entire screen to the right. Fail. Sending pictures is unreliable. The Google Voice app will indicate the pictures sent in a text message just fine, only for you to learn that your recipient never got them. Voicemail had been working again, so I increased my rating to 4/5. The pics glitch makes it hard to recommend. At least the dev team seems to care enough to update it regularly.
Issues
by Beth Walden on 2019/08/06 15:08
1. There is no way to edit or delete a contact once it is created. 2. More importantly, I am having issues playing back voicemail (on iPhone 6). Half the time it simply won’t play and the transcription is far from accurate. I use this for my work phone and it is quite unreliable. If these issues are not resolved I will need to switch to another app.
Hacked
by tele1010 on 2019/08/04 04:20
As soon as I placed an add I got spammed into giving out a code. I have no idea what they have access to. Luckily I don’t use my google account much. We will see I suppose.
Pics send, but not plain text!?!?
by EatEmUpTigersEatEmUpTigers on 2019/08/03 20:44
I can send all the pictures I want but regular texts won’t send!?!? What the poo?
No SMS transcription soon
by Magilum on 2019/08/03 10:42
Literally the only feature I care about and standard Google attitude, they manage to release great products and then slowly ruin and kill them.
Awesome app, but...
by StrangerTh!ngsFan on 2019/08/02 03:46
Ok I love this app sooo much but one thing I would request is that for group chats they allow you to name them. Also maybe add video calling at some point
Anon
by morris & RL on 2019/08/01 15:23
I loved this app but. I hate when your using the phone on avcall you can't use the app too send messages etc.
It was great until MMS stopped working
by Jeff19781978 on 2019/07/29 19:20
Can’t send images in messages anymore directly from your camera roll. Only small images. Deal killer.
Missed call notifications
by Phreddy1 on 2019/07/28 01:31
I keep getting old notifications about missed calls after I've cleared them
Can’t Send/Receive Videos
by Jldevault on 2019/07/27 18:34
Lame.
Suddenly doesn’t work
by Shideh70 on 2019/07/27 14:47
For the past couple of days when I open the app it says something went wrong try again!!!!
Will not send texts all of a sudden
by katmekat123 on 2019/07/26 01:45
All of a sudden it won’t send texts ! Ughh so frustrating!
Issues with new update
by mzmoral on 2019/07/25 12:29
The app updates and now I can receive text but I can not respond to them
A MUST HAVE FOR MY BUSINESS!
by Kevin 9/23 on 2019/07/25 02:32
I own two companies Google Voice has been instrumental to our communication!
Doesn’t Ring
by Plz fix it😹 on 2019/07/24 22:11
The app is good but it doesn’t ring to let me know anyone calling or texting me.I have missed so many calls because of this.Please fix it
App crash
by MJGT1993 on 2019/07/24 01:26
I was enjoying the app until I updated it recently and now the app keeps crashing!! Please fix this.
The most unreliable app once stops working
by Rajeshghotekar on 2019/07/21 18:14
The most unreliable app once stops working, there is absolutely no way to recover your text/ call history & the worst part once uninstalled & reinstalled again you loose the data and no way to connect back.
No issues until the last update
by @tinkthaQueen on 2019/07/20 15:46
Please fix! I'm no longer able to log into my account. I usegoogle voice everyday
No way to delete text messages!
by scotty321 on 2019/07/19 06:57
This app gives no way to delete text messages. You can only permanently archive text messages, which is ridiculous. Why would need to permanently archive all those text messages that we receive from our bank and other companies that text us verification codes or notifications of our billing statements? This is really just a bad app with no redeeming qualities!
MUST READ BEFORE USE
by MucusEagle on 2019/07/19 02:06
This is the WORST app compared to what Google can produce. You cannot send videos. Large messages are broken in to pieces and whatever portion reaches the server first it will send it first, so the conversation is all over the place. If the service is spotty, you will get the notification that a message has arrived, but the app will not refresh until you get service. If the notification arrives, doesn’t it mean that the the message successfully arrived? Why do I need to wait till I get the service for the app to update the conversation? Just because of Google and Apple’s rivalry, Google is dropping the ball on customers that prefer Google app than any others. Hate the app not questions ask!
Watch & GUF support?
by sidc3000 on 2019/07/18 11:56
I like Google Voice ever since they revamped it. I just wish it had GIF and apple watch support. At least for notifications
Terrible
by NinjaEpic SteakPlayz on 2019/07/16 22:11
For me it’s awful it has bugs and it does not even work some times that’s why I had to delete the app.I don’t even have a phone number and it is asking me verify it.
Is it really a GOOGLE app???
by GoogleSucksOnThatOne on 2019/07/12 11:35
Unbelievable that Google offers such a poor app. And not only the features are ridiculously poor, the app has so many bugs (no syncing, no text box...) @Google developers: check WhatsApp and copy/paste...
Cant edit Contacts
by P0ng415 on 2019/07/12 01:41
Why is there option to edit a Conact after entry? Calls dont work- it’ll cal a different number.
Google Ruined It !! Now It's Back !!
by The Cazman on 2018/09/29 13:37
The latest version has some nice improvements but added some other issues. I like the ability to send photos and use emojis. I don’t like that it no longer recalls and suggests the numbers that you have sent texts to. Because I don’t link my iPhone contacts to it, If I delete a text string I now have to look up the number to start a new one. It should suggest numbers that have been used even if the archives are deleted and allow us to delete a suggestion we no longer need. The opposite is true for phone calls. It not only archives the phone numbers of calls you make but there is no way I have found to remove them from the archive. If these two issues were resolved I would rate it 5 stars. I'm updating my previous negative review to a positive 5 stars. Defects have been corrected and it is easier and more reliable to use. I especially like the ability to easily and permanently delete conversation and call history. Thank you Google !! Totally non functional for texts. Used the prior version all the time now there is no way to send a txt because the ">" that used to be there to send is missing. Also, after you enter the destination number you cannot get back to the message without starting over. This is a total train wreck. (Using iPhone 6s with latest iOS update).
Not bad
by LambdaPrincess on 2017/09/27 23:36
The Google folks have been working hard on this app since they give it the functionality we all expect when we text. I have every faith that they will finally get it together and that one day it will work effortlessly like it used to before they added the features that we all asked for. Google voice, in general, is a service that I cannot see living without. In my opinion, google voice must be something that God created on the eighth day after he rested on the seventh I love it that much. I feel sorry for people who do not use Google Voice as their primary way to contact people. I can't think of any way that they could possibly improve google voice's incredibly rich and awesome features, except to finally get the app to stop crashing a few times a week.
Crashes regularly, many bugs
by LostInSicilia on 2018/05/05 02:48
I have been using this app for 1.5 years because I love the concept of a free way to text message and receive calls, but the app itself is the worst app on my phone. It crashes several times a week. When replying from the lock screen, it often does not actually send the message but doesn’t let you know it failed. I cannot send or receive video messages. A new message notification may pop up, but then when opening the app it may be super delayed in appearing. I regularly click on one text message and it opens a different one. 90% of the time if someone calls me, we can’t hear each other and I have to hang up and call them through a different app. I have to forward my calls instead, which works well. I have to use Google Hangouts to make free calls, because using the app either doesn’t work or uses my cell line that costs money. There are a couple of pictures I tried to send once and failed, but the app still shows them as pending months later and there is no way to delete them without deleting the whole conversation...so I have to scroll through them every time to see the latest message. Google obviously does not care to invest hardly any money or time in improving Google Voice. If I knew of a reputable and more reliable free phone and text service, I would use it instead.
Major bugs
by JXuba on 2019/01/04 07:22
I’ve used GV for years. Ian using this app on an iPhone 6 with latest iOS. The current version contains two major bugs that currently make this a three star app. 1) when texting photos, an occasional photo will perpetually stay in “sending”mode and remain at the bottom of the conversation. Sometimes it is multiple photos that are stuck and you have to scroll up to get to the latest message in your exchange with a particular person. This issue can be present in multiple text conversations and every time you send or receive a text from that person, the picture or pictures are the first thing you see, even if they were sent a month ago. There is NO WAY TO DELETE THEM. The only way to fix this is to delete the entire app and reinstall it. 2) The text box where you compose your text message frequently is missing no matter who you try to text. The only way to fix this is to exit the app and open it again. These bugs are quite annoying. Granted, it’s not that difficult to to exit and reopen the app to fix issue #2 but the frequency that this needs to be done is a bit much. Deleting and reinstalling the app multiple times to fix issue #1 has gone way beyond being just a minor annoyance. I’m hoping these issues are fixed soon.
Calls no more ?? And no address book
by yellowkiwi on 2017/12/02 21:05
Still not improved!!! I have been using Google voice for nearly 4 years. I needed a safer way to contact clients while Keeping a low profile as well as a way to contact guys I date and block them if need be all while having the ability to archive messages to reference later since I’m also a writer. Overall the service works great but why no address book was included in iPhone app version is beyond me. So I had to add the clients number to the iPhone which became problematic when Facebook linked my profile to these contacts and all the sudden my privacy was violated. And because you can add and update or block numbers from the app only when you log in via your email it gets super annoying. I also wish google had allowed for pictures to be sent out not just received. I recently downloaded another Google voice 3 app which I hoped included an address book along with picture sending and since downloading and using that I can no longer make calls using regular Google voice app. I also wish the messages wouldn't be separated into various conversations with the same person. Why couldn't they archive like regular text message for the same number. Google please fix!!
Favorites gone ?
by ashwinks on 2018/10/08 15:35
Nice look and feel - but would say a D grade on functionality. The favorites feature was already barebones- with “suggestions” having to suffice as “favorites”. But now, it’s completely gone!?! Like many others, I use this while driving and I want to be able to call someone with just a tap, rather than search. Why not have a tab with 3x3 (say) tiles for your top 9 favorites, and set another tab for “suggestions” or leave it incorporated with “contacts” ? Please (re)design a functionality for favorites, pretty please!! UPDATE 10/8: Things seem to go from bad to worse. Now the suggested contacts are gone, and I have to constantly scroll through the contacts list, find the person I need, open the contact screen and the choose the number. In the iPhone app, it then asks you to confirm the call. Given that I (and many others, based on the reviews I read here) use this to make calls while driving, using this app has become a very hazardous task. While I really love the app for its cheap rates and simplicity, the lack of valuable (and commonly available) features is very disappointing. Please implement a “favorites” option.
Love it. Excellent for Legally Recording too!
by manDown1130 on 2017/09/18 17:04
I have had this Google phone number attached to my regular number for quite some time. I downloaded the app to my iPhone and was exceedingly surprised at how user-friendly and convenient it is to have a second number that is really attached to my main number. And I do not have to download "sketchy" apps that want to download my contacts to their server and all the other things that are so questionable these days. The part I do really love and have used, is that when people call my Google number, I can press the number four on the keypad, and it plays a legal recording telling both parties that the call is being recorded. If they continue, that is their legal acknowledgment and then Google sends you that entire recording to keep or archive on their trusted servers for as long as needed. Overall, I really cannot say enough about the Google number feature. And the app that I am reviewing here, is just an added bonus that deserves 10 stars in my opinion.
Love the service, not crazy about the latest update
by ImaGSrider on 2017/10/22 14:59
**Update. App version 2.8 on iOS 11.0.3 iPhone 7 on AT&T. The app constantly crashes to the point where I have to type text messages in a different app then copy & paste into the GV app and quickly hit the send button before it crashes. It is not a matter of “if” but “how fast” would it crash... I am a total GV fan and extremely thankful for the service which I would gladly pay for. Now, considering this is a free service and a free app it seems ungrateful to criticize but my intent is to provide feedback rather than complain. Since the last update the app (on iPhone 6, iOS 10.2.1) is SLOW! It takes forever to show new messages/voicemail and when searching for a contact, it takes a few seconds for each letter! Another aspect of the update I am not crazy about is the way the dial screen works; you can either input a number on the keypad (default) or if you would like to search by name, you have to touch a keyboard icon which then takes forever to bring it up and another forever for each letter you type. Not sure why this massive slowdown but I am at a point where I am looking for an alternate app for GV
Updates are making use more difficult
by jamman9000 on 2018/08/19 03:23
I was really happy to see GV getting some love again with actual work being done on it... But soon into the changes I noticed the first downgrade in functionality. Before, I was able to use the dial pad to search my contacts' by name using the letters associated with the numbers AND could just search by the phone number itself, but it changed. Instead, searching by number became the default and to switch to searching by alphabet I had to tap a button that brought up the keyboard. I don't understand, the first way had the best of both worlds in one... is it because we don't associate letters with dial pad numbers as much anymore? Then this new update came out (mid-August 2018) that got rid of the alphabet search function entirely! I have to go to the contacts tab and search for my contact and go through so much more now to just call someone. I was annoyed before, but now it's very frustrating! Not having much of a problem otherwise... Please improve the dial pad contact search! Bring back the all-in-one method!
Good but could be much better
by khtestgv on 2018/02/16 03:27
The whole purpose of using GV is so I don’t give out my personal number and avoid unwanted calls. When people call my GV #, it rings on my cell like my regular network #. It would be great if I can get (sound/vibrate) ring notification within the app that is “separate” from my regular phone. That way I can tell the call is coming in via GV # or personal #. Tried multiple work around but doesn’t seems to work correctly. An online article suggested downloading Google Hangout App and have the GV # forward to Hangout instead of my personal #. Doing that does allow a separate notification in the Hangout app when people call my GV # and regular number would ring normally. However, downloading 2 apps is a hassle and cause problems with other functions and more confusing. Why need 2 app google? when GV app can be improve to ring separately. Also, if contacts can be manage within the app would be better. Not sure why it wasn’t included with the app creation or update.
I use this for my work line and it’s infuriating
by j_betty on 2017/12/19 02:54
I run an animal rescue and I meet all types of total weirdos and sketchy individuals that try to call middle of be night, try to look up my address, give out my number to total strangers that have absolutely no regard for other people’s lives. Insert google voice, to give an additional line to my phone so I can keep it on me all the time without an actual second phone BUT have at least a small amount of privacy and keep track of my work people from my home people. BUT THIS APP CRASHES ALL THE TIME. ALL. THE. TIME. Almost every day, and often multiple times in a day. I will be trying to have a convo by text with volunteers giving time-sensitive information so they can have written instructions to refer back to later when they’re at the vet and I can’t get because it won’t stop crashing. It’s absolutely maddening. Very little options in settings. The whole app is very clunky and SO. SLOW. There’s a substantial delay using Google voice. If I knew of an alternative to this I would absolutely use it.
Quit changing the settings
by Wickedb69 on 2019/01/01 22:37
This isn’t a bad app. The problem is that every time Google makes it “better” they make it worse. Leave the settings alone. Urg!!! Now callers either have to say their name, and most new callers don’t want to do that or it connects directly to my line. The other option is to see my Google number as caller ID. With the first option, if callers don’t say their name ( and new callers usually hang up ) I have no idea if it’s a Google call, which I use for privacy, or a personal call. There’s no privacy anymore. There’s a reason I have a Google number!!! It used to be that I could see the caller ID, and there was an announcement that it was coming through the Google line, which was perfect for deciding how to handle a call. After this last update, it sent Google callers to my private VM until I could get in and change it. Leave it alone!!! Don’t change settings when you update. I don’t need you to adjust things for me. And include the option for me to decide how calls are answered. Quit deleting options.
Voicemail playback is losing its user-friendliness
by golfshot474 on 2019/06/06 19:09
I love the service and have used it since about 2006 or 2007 (I think). My only issue is that the app is making it harder to listen to voicemails. Oftentimes the voicemails play back on a low volume, which is on me because I have to wait until a message is playing before I can increase the volume. That isn’t the app’s problem... Because it starts at a low volume I have to replay the message after I am able to turn it up, and I don’t mind doing this. The problem is that it is almost impossible to scroll the voicemail bar back to the left now that they added a feature to delete the message, by swiping left on the message. When trying the drag the voicemail bar back it ends up sliding the message over for the delete feature. Frustrating because if I have a long voicemail (1min+) I don’t want to have to wait until it’s done before I replay it. Especially when I have multiple voicemails to listen to. FWP
Fantastic
by picknassaro on 2019/05/28 21:30
I’ve been looking for a way to have the type of functionality iMessage gives you on iPhone/iPad/Mac, but with Windows instead of a Mac. This is literally perfect for that. I get messages, calls, and voicemails on any device, any OS, truly what I needed. Would love some of the silly niceties of modern messaging apps like stickers, read receipts, message reactions, end-to-end encryption if it isn’t already present, etc etc... If there were any way my non-GV contacts could see my messages as if I were on an iPhone, like if Google Voice were able to send my messages through iMessage servers via some kind of deal with Apple, then that would just be icing on the cake. My communication on any OS, but without my iOS friends having to deal with the green bubble issues like insecure communications and low res images and such. But for now, I really do love this.
What happened? Crashes a lot
by faystar85 on 2018/01/29 04:18
OMG! Do you know how annoying it is to write a text and then it crashes and you have to write your text over multiple times? Infuriating. I use my app for business and it always worked perfect and I couldn’t complain at all. However, in the last 2 months, the app just randomly crashes and it happens when the app is open for longer than like 65 seconds. It’s insanity, I really hope you guys fix this! It’s such a waste of time right now but I already have this number printed everywhere so please please fix it. I would gladly pay a small fee just for it to stop crashing. I have to text my texts in another app like text or notes, then copy + paste. Or copy and paste as I am typing just in case the app crashes. I’ll change my rating if the app gets updated and the bugs fixed. If it doesn’t get fixed I’ll be rating the app even lower. Cmon google, lets get it together! This is unacceptable.
Finally!!! An app update that makes this stable
by Ra1129 on 2019/03/15 06:26
I love google voice and I love this new updated stable app but I absolutely hated the old google voice app on IOS devices. Slow and laggy, would constantly crash or become unresponsive my favorite little quirk was that at time you would click to type a text and the text field and keyboard would both disappear and you would be forced to force close the app in order to possibly get it back up and running. NOT ANYMORE! This update resolved 99% of the issues that I ran into before the app performs faster and smoother and doesn’t have the little quirks it used to. Thanks google for finally tossing us IOS users a bone and getting this fixed and done right, next time maybe do it a little quicker than 2 years.
Google voice works - simple basic free app that works
by whydoesapplecarewhoiamnow on 2018/12/30 23:30
There are a lot of phone number apps that aren't free and are not nearly as good as this one. The app does what it is supposed to do which is send and receive text messages and phone calls. The phone call quality on my cell phone is actually clearer than when I use my own provider. My provider is one of the big 5 nationally. What I read on negative reviews is that it saved text and call number history. That seems to not be the case in the version I am using now. I did something no one else mentioned which was delete the app from my phone, restart my phone, and add it back. Once I did that all those issues were gone and never returned. Yes this is the iPhone version lol.
Please make it so I can tell if incoming calls are from Google Voice!!!
by Unstoppable747 on 2018/10/25 17:43
This honestly is a great app, I use the number for my business, and for the 8 months that I’ve had it, it is not buddy or troublesome at all! My biggest dislike with the app, is that since the calls are linked with my phone, I can’t tell if the calls are coming from my business number (Google Voice) or not, and this is a big deal! Since I want to be able to respond professionally to a call for my business! Another dislike I have with the app, is that the the notifications sound for texting, is the Tri-Tone sound that comes stock with notifications from all apps. This is annoying because when I hear the sound, I am unsure whether it is from other apps or Google Voice. And before you think you can change it to something different, specifically only for Google Voice, you can’t! Google please fix these issues with a solutions that’ll make it so people can tell if an incoming call that they are getting from Google Voice is coming from Google Voice or not, and also allow it to have one different or a variety of different sounds for incoming texts than just the stock sound! If you make these adjustments, I will publicly proclaim the greatness of the app and system all over social media!!
Good, but DOES crash & lacks user design attention
by Doug757 on 2017/10/16 12:19
I have been using it for couple years now. Like the integration w/my Google email, etc. BUT, latest version seems to crash w/in 15-20 seconds whenever I try to create a text to send. I think the 'split personality' between Google Voice & Hangouts is confusing. I prefer the GV interface for communication, it's simpler; and I think the voice call quality is better (probably because it requires calling out via your cell number; Hangouts allows calls via wifi or 'data' connection.) BUT -- the GV app really does need a comprehensive design makeover. It doesn't have an option to group messages, it's confusing & cumbersome to delete messages (and it's different from Hangouts cumbersome system), it doesn't have a way to 'mark' messages you want to come back to, etc. In other words, it's potential as an effective and desirable voice&text communication app is squandered by what seems to a design-by-techheads -- user friendliness is not in their consciousness. And boy does it show. (Hangouts, for what it's worth, seems more bent on trying to be the 'cool' app; it's shortcoming are similar but it leans more heavily on texting side, I think.) Wow. GV could be great. I can't figure out who's got the brain block at Google to explain why it falls so short..
Less Glitchy Interface
by Thankful Ben on 2017/09/06 06:33
Have been using Google Voice almost since it was released, and have ridden through the ups and downs. The v2 interface looks good, photo integration is great(!), conversation view is wonderful, and the same old integration with Contacts and the Phone apps is awesome. The August 2017 version (2.6) has improved the lag significantly, but still pauses sometimes. The June 2017 version of Google Voice did not function smoothly at all on my iPhone 5s. Every action, from scrolling to creating a new message to searching, took a moment or two to get a response, if the action even registered at all. Not a pleasant or efficient experience. Long press functions are back in v2.6, after a brief hiatus! SMS conversations can be archived, individual messages can be deleted, and both voice messages and call histories can be multi-selected for faster management. All this is faster and more intuitive than the past few versions. Thanks! I'll finish by saying that the ability to switch between multiple GVoice accounts (as in Hangouts) is also really great!!! I previously had to use different apps for different numbers, but now they are better consolidated here. 👍👍
Google V w/Hangouts on my IPhone 7plus
by Peri2201 on 2018/09/17 00:30
I used to like this app until it became confusing ! It’s great having a second number that can be called within the Hangouts app! Or by Google Voice only! Thing is the transition and ease of use is taking too many steps and not really as functional as it claims! I don’t have as many crashes now but I can’t seem to get my regular calls to come through from my cell phone when friends & family call on my cell phone # But it’s fine when friends or other ppl call on Hangouts with the google phone number ! It’s seems to reroute my iPhone # calls to Google voice but I’ve not set it up that way! I’d like the 2 numbers to be used when I’d rather be talking on one or the other. Or just have ppl call Hangouts that aren’t family or close family friends! Just use the Google V with Hangouts for acquaintances!! Why isn’t this possible ?? I can’t get the thing to disconnect from my carrier ! At least that’s what I think ! I added credit to the acct. so it wouldn’t charge my carrier ! I switched my iPhone on to WiFi calling only !! That should keep data down on my carriers calls and usage CORRECT ???? Would be nice to have at least an online means to contact the google apps and calling features !! Help us out more‼️‼️‼️
Good idea, needs functionality improvement
by pato white on 2019/02/04 19:56
I think it’s great that someone can port their number over to an app and keep it for their own personal use going forward. Because of this, I am able to have a work phone/personal phone all in one instead of carrying around two phones like most of my colleagues. The unfortunate part, however, is the fact that some basic functionality improvements are highly needed. The app will continue to show an unread message alert well after I’ve read the message. Several times even. Using emojis, or any other keyboards for that matter, is complicated and requires 30 clicks of the same button. Texting is so much easier on my iPhones texting that I find myself reverting back to its use instead of this app. Yes, I love the idea of this app, but because it’s so cumbersome to use at times, I don’t use it as much as I otherwise would.
How to know if calls are GV or cell phone number
by Lizard Trails on 2019/06/07 19:36
If you want to know whether the call is coming from your personal number or your google voice number without having to use the awkward call screening (where it asks callers to say their name before the call goes through), then don’t link your phone number, granted you’ll have to use the default option to make calls over WiFi and data instead of using your carrier. Now all google voice calls will come through the app, so when a call comes, you will see that it is a google voice call. However, if your data service is weak, then the call could be dropped, but at least you’ll know it’s a GV call and you can call them back later.
Increasing Disappointment by the minute...
by Soing B. Massung on 2018/07/26 12:54
I have increasing disappointment by the minute with the fact Support Teams do not reply to reported concerns within a reasonable timeframe. What exactly is the Service Level Agreement to respond to consumer queries? It is alarming that my personal data has been compromised and extorted and there is little to no support to correct all of the issues, service denial, and accessibility. The consumer seem to have zero rights or alternative means to resolve this blatant disregard for the customers that utilize the “services” delivered to the customer. This is a total abuse of rights and responsibility. Even the previous reviews regarding this indicate the degradation of service that has gone on for entirely too long; at the expense of hard working customers. I fully intend on reporting these issues and concerns to all of the necessary official authorities. This is not a game, people’s lives and livelihoods are at stake
Could & Should Be So Much Better
by Buddydpug on 2019/04/06 22:02
I appreciate that Google makes this app for ios and that it is free. However, like Google Tasks and other Alphabet products, the proof is in the execution. It’s the inconsistencies that are troublesome. Why, for example, do my messages sync across devices but notifications do not? When I go from my iphone to ipad (and vice versa), I’ll see a badge notification thinking I have a new call or message. Alas, it’s the same message/call that I had already read (or listened to) on the other device. A more significant defect, however, is the actually call forwarding from Voice to my iphone. I receive forwarded calls maybe 1/3 of the time. I’ll see a notification for a missed call, but my iphone never rang. Lastly, a greater contrast for messages would be helpful to the aging eyes of many users.
Keep nuisance calls and text messages down on your land and cell phones
by Jsey on 2019/06/16 16:03
I’ve had this service since is began and love it. Job hunting is hard enough without the spammers going to those sites and falsely acquiring your private information to add you to their call lists. This way if there is a legitimate inquiry they can leave a message either voice or text otherwise it is often blank. My regular cell phone is ringing all the time. Special events also are a good opportunity for this app. While you can monitor the calls from your cell phone you are no being interrupted during meetings or other moments in life when it’s not convenient to take these calls. It’s great
Calls constantly drop
by Alclouse3 on 2018/11/07 16:17
Google voice worked perfectly fine until their last update. We are required to use google voice for work and it’s frustrating when I’m speaking with a client and all of the sudden the call is silenced and I can’t hear them and they can’t hear me, then a few seconds later the call disconnects completely. It does it from both the desktop and my cell phone. I end up having to get the clients email from them before the call drops or text them asking for further information. It would be nice if the app had some reliability and didn’t cause so many issues. This occurs usually every other call, if not more. But my last call it dropped 5 times in a row when I was just trying to get the customers email address to continue our conversation. It’s embarrassing also having to explain this to clients..
Good app but I wish I’d be notified my Google Voice line was ringing!
by Dawifey on 2018/02/20 23:16
I’m applying for jobs, for scam purposes I didn’t want to give out my real phone number so I got a number from Google Voice. It’s super easy to use and works well. I haven’t had any issues with it crashing or anything and the texts come through quickly when I use that feature. My issue is that I don’t answer calls when they are coming from unknown numbers so I keep declining these calls (because it’s not ringing directly to the app but it’s forwarding the call to my actual phone number) and I can miss an important call rendering the Google Voice redundant. Even if there was a little notification on my phone saying Google Voice call or if it rings my personal cell from one specific number, then at least I’d know...
Deleting a number
by nutella_98 on 2019/09/04 19:36
I have a very difficult time to understand why Google’s Voice team has the inability to improve basic interactions!? Gmail was an annoyance because they have implemented a feature whereby swiping an email item to the left or right (configurable in preferences) will immediately delete the email without even giving users a chance to make sure the swipe was intentional as opposed to a mistake. Hence, it is very easy to accidentally delete an email item. Contrast this with Google Voice where it takes four (4!!!) taps to delete a call item. First, you have to tap on the call to open it up. Second, you need to tap the menu icon to open the menu. Third, you need to tap “Delete” from the menu options. And finally, fourth, you need to tap on “Delete” again in the popup to confirm that you do want to delete the item. WHOA!!! Assume you have 50 calls you want to delete and now you are looking at half an hour keep deleting calls. Guys, I am on vacation. Could you possibly add a couple of more taps to carry out this basic delete action!? But please don’t even try to implement the basic swipe to delete action (like everyone else) because that would be way too fast and simple. Just keep the way it has been done in the 90s.
One more thing...
by DuyNgn on 2018/08/31 23:36
I am excited that there are attention from Google and improvements are being made to this Voice app. The previous sluggish slowless in loading different screens seems to have been remedied. However, the failure to clear "new" events when it's been viewed remained to be a very OCD inducing annoyance. The app simply refuse to mark new events as seen...very resistant to clearing new status. It appears that one would have to exit the message screen, tap the thread title to enter the conversation again before the app registers as a "seen" event. Often times I have to exit the app completely and re-enter the conversation a few times before it registered that I've seen the new event. Please fix....
Would be great if the contacts in google would be be in their own tab
by Dissatisfied user 8897 on 2018/08/27 02:39
***UPDATE 3*** All contacts now show up on the contacts tab, no longer limited to 60, thank you!! ***UPDATE 2*** It would appear that only 60 contacts from google show up in the contacts tab. The rest CAN be searched, but what’s the point of having a contacts tab if you’re not going to display all the contacts? PLEASE FIX! ***UPDATE*** Wow I’m impressed! I’m not sure if my review made a difference or not, but the app has been updated (same day) and now the contacts tab properly syncs with google voice! Thank you so much!! ***ORIGINAL REVIEW*** Please make the separate contacts tab update from google contacts, not phone contacts. I like to separate my google contacts and my phone contacts, but it’s a hassle as of now. If there was a separate contacts tab THAT ACTUALLY WORKED it would be absolutely great. Adding contacts through google voice adds them to the phone address book- WHY?? This defeats the whole purpose of google voice, I don’t want to mix phone contacts with google contacts!
Good but...
by Gabe254 on 2019/09/11 14:42
I like the app. It’s easy to use with clear functionality that allows for smooth usage; although, the quality of phone calls is often spotty with interference or calls being dropped more often than on other apps. The app has a lot of interesting function, but feel as though the extras aren’t being used to their full capacity. For example: Google voice’s “Do Not Disturb” feature has to be turned on manually and then turned off again. Why isn’t there an option to set a schedule for example? Or maybe a way to set dates and reoccurring exceptions, similar to what digital calendars now do. That would be very convenient, but we’ll see if it gets there. Either way, it’s not a bad app and can be useful for many things.
Version 2.1 has serious bugs
by tomagain748 on 2017/11/28 14:47
I’ve used this app for years and I loved it. Among other things you can text via internet with no cell reception. But about a week ago, m phone became totally unresponsive and kept getting worse. Finally I looked at battery usage and, despite not using the app, Google Voice was using 43% of my battery just churning in the background. I uninstalled the app, rebooted my phone twice and zoom! Was back to it’s old quick self. Hoping it was a bad install of a good app, a day later, I reinstalled it. Even though I never even signed into my account, a day later my phone was sluggish and unresponsive. I once again uninstalled and rebooted and zoom. My phone is bright and peppy again. Conclusion: do NOT upgrade to Google Voice until version 2.2 comes out. This, by the way, is on an iPhone 5s
The new update freezes the app
by LoraLondon on 2019/02/17 22:06
I like the previous version better it didn’t Freeze it was very fast, the new and improved updated version Freezes a whole lot. It’s very frustrating because you have to wait until it’s Unthawed to send text messages. Trying to make a phone call the first time around is impossible the other color cannot hear you, you’ll hear a ring and then after one ring your screen is just black with the phone number you’ve called and the phone options displayed on your screen but no caller is on the other end. None of these issues was present in the older version. You have to call the number back like three times in order to get someone to answer. And it’s embarrassing because the caller on the receiving end questions your carrier service.
Best option but far from perfect
by 9zero8 on 2018/01/24 13:56
I use Google Voice every day, I have paid for other programs and tried almost every other option there is. This app, mostly due to push notifications, is by far the best option. I’ve been eagerly waiting for an update so that it will take full of vantage of the iPhone X screen but unfortunately that still has not been addressed. I also wish they would add features to allow full control of your Google Voice account from the app. Other third-party apps provide features like this already but their solution to push notifications leaves a lot to be desired. To be fair, The third-party app developers state that googles push notifications are not an open API so it is probably not their fault.
Great overall. One annoying fault.
by ANickNameNoOneElseHas! on 2019/09/20 20:27
First off, one needs to understand how Google services and apps work together to get the most out of this. Don’t expand the an address book in this, because that’s what Google Contacts is for. Second, you will need a linked phone to activate service but you do NOT have to keep that phone linked to continue using GV. The only issue I’m having right now on the iPad is notifications are not coming through. If I’m not right at my iPad when a call comes in the is no notification until I deliberately open the app. Pretty stupid time to get them, when I’m already checking, hours after calls came in.
So far so good
by LOVEsnake on 2017/09/13 15:26
It's not 100% perfect, but it gets the job done. I use this to get in touch with my clients and have the ability to text and call them from my cell phone without having to give them my personal number. The one big issue I have is that my number makes calls when not prompted to. I've received calls and texts from random people telling me that they just received a call from my google voice number... my app wasn't even opened... and I don't even have their numbers in my phone book. I don't know why this happens. When I get the call or text I simply apologize and take the fall and sometimes explain to them that this is a google voice number and it is glitchy. Please help or fix this issue!
Working like a charm!
by SimpleScorpio on 2018/12/31 00:38
I was finally able to log in to the settings via the mobile browser and fix BOTH of my issues! I was able to take my forwarding off of my gmail account (not sure WHY it went there) and change my greeting from DEFAULT to My recorded one! I am happy as a clam now! (Whatever that means) I just wish there was a way to do this WITHIN the app itself. There are a few other minor things I would change but... IT'S WORKING AND I AM FUNDAMENTALLY HAPPY! Update: Can we PLEASE get a way to STOP spam calls and neighbor spam. Leaving my google voice on do not disturb all the time is kind of defeating using it as an additional phone number. Having to block EVERY caller is a pain just find a way to let us eliminate calls all together of specific types or the use of wildcards....something....anything because these calls are driving me insane!
Slow and glitchy
by debrabass on 2019/04/30 02:05
I use this quite a bit and the delay can b really annoying. And occasionally, it won’t sync the number with the name in my address book so I just see the number without the identity in texts or calls. The latest glitch is that I tried to send 3 images. None of them “sent” but they have been “sending” for a couple of days. I can’t delete them or get a prompt to resend them. They just stay there at the bottom of my message feed with the “sending...” promise prompt at the end. That means I have to scroll back to see new messages from this friend because these photos are now in the way. I’ve rebooted the phone and the app a couple of times but no help. Super annoying.
Send pics !!!
by jordan_.1995 on 2018/08/29 16:32
I repeat please add a feature where I can send pictures to people this is really anoying it’s been too long that I can’t send anybody any pictures how can I have a text app that can’t send pics but can Acept them. We need to be Apple to send pictures in the next update this is really anoying we shouldn’t have to report this glitch it’s unacceptable to have a texting app which doesn’t allow pictures to be sent please add that feature to this app I really like it but that alone makes me not want to use it anymore I have use my regular number to send a pic an that defeats the purpose of a second line to use
WOULD LIKE ACCESS TO FOLDERS WHEN SENDING PIC TEXT
by Jonlul on 2017/09/29 12:58
I really do like this app. It’s very convenient for a free service. Call in, call out, text, link all numbers home, office, cell into one convent number to give out. My only problem is when sending pics via text in google voice. It does not allow you to go to your picture folders to send a picture. This is not good. I don’t want it to just go to my camera roll and search all my photos when I’m trying to send a picture from the beach last weekend or a work document I scanned. I want to be able to go into the individual photo folder like you can when sending a regular text message/iMessage/FB message/WhatsApp. Please please please update this feature.
Crashes WAY TO MUCH over the last week.
by MzKindra on 2017/10/06 11:16
I use Google Voice as my main public phone number. Since the recent iPhone update at the end of September 2017, I can’t type a short text with out it crashing! I don’t get my calls, and it frequently disconnects me. PLEASE FIX THIS! I have been using the Google Voice app since you rolled it out. Previously there were only minor problems. I would send a crash report, and go about my normal day. I’m now in the habit of copying my text while typing, out of fear the app will crash before I get a chance to hit “send”. I’ve switched to using FB messenger to communicate via text with people, however that is not an adequate substitute for Google Voice, as many people don’t use Facebook. I need my Google Voice to work properly again. PLEASE FIX THIS ASAP! Thank you.
making progress....
by jdf729 on 2019/02/14 14:22
Not sure when this happened but can no longer scroll back listening to a message. Wants to swipe left to delete it . I've had GV since it came out and thought google had pretty much abandoned it for updates. I had GV permanately forwarded to my carrier number and now I still have it forwarded to a new app called sideline. Sideline is what I wish GV was. Only two things for my GV wishlist: * The reason I still have it on forward is that I wish the app would "ring" and act like the native iphone app but letting you know its a GV call coming in. You can take a call right from the lock screen. (sideline does this) *The ability to add a signiture to text messages
Good service. Buggy app
by AceBiz2 on 2017/10/16 15:23
The Google Voice service is great. Being able to keep an old number with a new phone without subscription fees is wonderful. The app itself, however, has many issues. The argument that Google developers pay no attention to iOS apps comes to mind. Recent updates have made it harder to find “favorite” contacts to call/text (a “favorites” list no longer exists afaik). There’s also new bugs. Crashes are common while doing simple things like writing a text message (I find myself typing the message elsewhere so I can copy/paste on the app before it crashes) These may be related to ios11 updates, but most other developers have issued updates to their apps on recent weeks.
Basic But Lacking Convenience Features
by ZoeStarck on 2018/08/30 14:51
I use this app for business but I get a lot of personal calls too. With Google Voice there is no way to know if it’s a GV call or regular call. The voicemail transcription also has a lot of issues with heavy accents. It seems like Google should be able to handle transcribing heavy accents but apparently that’s one area where their diversity could use some work. It’s so terrible. You also have to remember that it calls through another number so the number that appears on the call will not be the number you're calling. Other than that it’s okay. Other features work as advertised with a great layout.
Love the app, love the service
by Maxewlled on 2018/05/16 02:18
In a time when moving carriers, and taking your phone number with costs money... Google voice lets you always take your number with. Forward your number on Google voice to whatever number you like! Your always in contact and people never need to update your number. The app is solid and easy to use, works with web and other Google apps. Simple and easy to use. Had this number for the last three jobs two of which provided me a phone. No one needed to learn new numbers.
Crashing App
by Googlegixplease on 2017/12/14 22:51
I used to love Google voice now recently it’s constantly crashing I’ll go to try to save a phone number and while typing the name it’s just that sell and leaves then I have to try all over again and if it takes me more than two seconds to write any type of information and try to save it it gets lost. Additionally numbers that I’ve saved in my contacts are now not appearing I’m having to try to type the number two and three times before realizing that the numbers already saved additionally it is not typing the number as written it’s putting spaces in between the numbers which is causing issues as well the car waiting it’s not working either. Please fixThese bugs.
Not Perfect Though
by JMZ727 on 2019/05/29 03:40
The mobile application seems to lack the ability to bulk/multiple delete both Phone Call History and Text Messages. Both require hoops of going into each item then selecting the 3 dots and THEN you change choose to delete. Now do that for each individual Caller and Text Message conversation. For me this is a big deal, I’m not a Call/Text hoarder. I like to keep some for a while and then after a while of no more interaction, I like to go in and delete in bulk. So can you please consider adding it back. I’ll keep waiting for that feature add. If I’m missing it, please let me know. I’ll gladly update this review to 5 stars. Thanks!!!
Half of my calls never ring the phone
by Nemonocerater on 2018/02/19 17:33
I have been using Voice for 3 years. I’ve ignored this at times because the text messaging is great and constantly improved, so I assumed that calls would be at some point too. I very often am sitting right next to my phone and get an email saying I have a voice mail and a missed call. The phone never rang. I was available to pick it up if it had rung. When I need to schedule stuff with people who have lots of meetings and calls I can’t afford to play voice message pong. Google voice allows me to give out a consistent number that I can use across devices and as I change SIM cards in foreign countries, so I hope to continue using it. But, if I can’t even accept incoming calls I can’t continue trusting this service.
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Description
Google Voice gives you a phone number for calling, text messaging, and voicemail. It works on smartphones and computers, and syncs across your devices so you can use the app in the office, at home, or on the go. NOTE: Google Voice only works for personal Google Accounts in the US and G Suite accounts in select markets. Text messaging is not supported in all markets. You’re in control Get spam filtered automatically and block numbers you don’t want to hear from. Manage your time with personalized settings for forwarding calls, text messages, and voicemail. Backed up and searchable Calls, text messages, and voicemails are stored and backed up to make it easy for you to search your history. Manage messages across devices Send and receive individual and group SMS messages from all your devices Your voicemail, transcribed Google Voice provides advanced voicemail transcriptions that you can read in the app and/or have sent to your email. Save on international calling Make international calls at competitive rates without paying extra for international minutes with your mobile carrier Keep in mind: • Google Voice is currently only available in the US. Google Voice for G Suite users is available in select countries. Check with your administrator for access. • Calls made using google voice for iphone can be placed through a Google Voice access number. All access number based calls use the standard minutes from your cell phone plan and may incur costs (e.g. when traveling internationally).
Enhancements
by nth2019 on 2019/09/21 23:56
Please provide ability to delete multiple messages easily. It’s too complicated to delete messages using mobile app.
Update made it worse
by Inmycudizone on 2019/09/21 16:52
Why update if it’s gonna making it worse???
No Apple Watch support?
by R & R on 2019/09/21 14:41
I gave 4 stars because there is no ability to get notified on your Apple Watch. Crazy that they haven’t updated for this yet
Great overall. One annoying fault.
by ANickNameNoOneElseHas! on 2019/09/20 20:27
First off, one needs to understand how Google services and apps work together to get the most out of this. Don’t expand the an address book in this, because that’s what Google Contacts is for. Second, you will need a linked phone to activate service but you do NOT have to keep that phone linked to continue using GV. The only issue I’m having right now on the iPad is notifications are not coming through. If I’m not right at my iPad when a call comes in the is no notification until I deliberately open the app. Pretty stupid time to get them, when I’m already checking, hours after calls came in.
Needs touch id/face id support
by TJN617 on 2019/09/20 11:33
Please add passcode lock for this app. This should have already been added by now. It’s such an obvious and glaring oversight. Come on google!
I can’t text with my google voice number anymore
by marieesullivan83 on 2019/09/20 04:58
All of a sudden I couldn’t text with my google voice number. I logged out and to log back in has been an issue, please do something about this!!
doesn't support Share Contact
by beckskid12345 on 2019/09/19 22:21
Just updated the app as it says it supports vCard. I shared a contact from iPhone via text message snd it is showing “file type not supported”
Number showed is different than actual phone number
by Churros4 on 2019/09/19 21:42
When someone calls me it shows a different phone number than the actual number calling me. Until I go to the call history I can’t see the actual phone number.
Can we get TouchID / FaceID login Please??
by San Fran Mission on 2019/09/19 03:27
I don’t like people reading my text when I lend them my phone to make a call. Can you please FaceID login?
Don’t hate Siri
by Luv iOS on 2019/09/18 19:44
Hi team, Being a google product I understand you restrict siri use. But for this app you should integrate Siri which help me like users who solely depends on the voice call for international home calling. Also that confirm dialog every time very annoying. There is no way to suppress that confirmation dialogue. Why you are confirming? Do I have a option to reroute through other number ? You can at least have an option if the user want place the call directly. Siri integration will help in dial someone bit quicker or say on voice command You have assistant app for iOS why not make a good use of that in these kind of apps
Newest update has Bugs
by kaycbabe on 2019/09/18 18:30
The newest update won’t allow me to send pictures This is significantly impacting my business and needs to be fixed ASAP
Still as disappointment...
by ptrtech2 on 2019/09/18 10:46
Lots of things that can't be done still within this app. Share being peak among them. Nope. VCARD receipt still broken
Always a Fan ✰
by #Just·Ā·Card*Player on 2019/09/18 02:44
I've Used G.Voice since - Forever, it works Great. Never failed. Excellent way to screen calls, Easily Block Callers |mark Spam. ☻
On ipad this is as good as it gets
by groingo on 2019/09/17 18:13
On my tablet this is as good as it gets but no matter what it refused to work on my iphone 6 S....I'll still take it while my iphone uses Hangouts which oddly works great...both by Google.
Please return SPAM marker
by YouPlick! on 2019/09/16 15:00
I used to be able to mark SPAM calls as SPAM. Now it only allows calls to be archived or deleted. If I don’t go to the desktop to mark them as SPAM, they’ll continue to come in until I do.
Incoming call doesn’t ring on iPhone 6
by Noorungi on 2019/09/15 14:13
It perfectly works on my iPad, Android phones and my wife’s iPhone 8. I set GV on iPhone 6, which I’d like to use as my 2nd phone. Messaging and outbound calls are working well, but incoming calls doesn’t ring my iP6. I made sure I set iP6 as incoming call getting devices on settings. I think GV doesn’t perfectly support iP6.
frequent errors sending
by wisbucky on 2019/09/14 20:29
Latest version has frequent "error: this message was not successfully delivered". Very frustrating.
Version 19.36 ... issues!
by duN36U9 on 2019/09/14 19:13
Previous version was more stable. With latest version the texts hesitate sending as the little wheel spins in the upper panel of the phone. Then it often displays a message that the message was not sent. Two steps forward, four steps back.
Complete junk doesn’t work
by Piew piew on 2019/09/14 18:48
Keep getting message delivery failures and pictures don’t send at all.
I hate this
by Hont000 on 2019/09/12 17:03
I don’t know my Google voice number stopped working....You all need to fix this
Can’t delete / update Contacts in app
by joanna220 on 2019/09/12 14:24
I have duplicate contacts that I Manually typed in who have changed phone numbers and I can’t delete the oldvphone number so I sometimes contact the wrong number In erorr. I’ve deleted the wrong ones in the mobile site but can’t delete them in the app which is easier to get to.
Austin
by AustinAbah on 2019/09/11 21:21
Why can’t I create numbers anymore?
Alerts
by ----1st----- on 2019/09/11 20:28
Would be nice to be able to change incoming alert tones.
Good but...
by Gabe254 on 2019/09/11 14:42
I like the app. It’s easy to use with clear functionality that allows for smooth usage; although, the quality of phone calls is often spotty with interference or calls being dropped more often than on other apps. The app has a lot of interesting function, but feel as though the extras aren’t being used to their full capacity. For example: Google voice’s “Do Not Disturb” feature has to be turned on manually and then turned off again. Why isn’t there an option to set a schedule for example? Or maybe a way to set dates and reoccurring exceptions, similar to what digital calendars now do. That would be very convenient, but we’ll see if it gets there. Either way, it’s not a bad app and can be useful for many things.
It won’t accept calls
by Khufu did on 2019/09/10 19:51
Every time someone calls it wont work. I won’t hear anything. I have to be the one to call. This is not good for my business!
Totally broken for receiving calls
by VadMK on 2019/09/09 15:49
All calls directed to Voicemail without a single call!
DOES NOT WORK ON MY IPHONE
by curranthe1 on 2019/09/08 20:54
I have made several attempts to get started, keep receiving error messages that this phone cannot be used to verify a google voice number. This has become extremely frustrating; now i will seek out another way to obtain an alternate phone number. Thank you and no thank you
Calls keep dropping
by Javs24 on 2019/09/06 23:20
After the calls connect it just let me talk for 10 seconds and then the call disconnects
Stopped working
by AJ37475337744 on 2019/09/06 17:02
My app stopped allowing me to make calls or receive calls. Been using this number for over a year. Very frustrating.
Multitasking
by spac92 on 2019/09/05 15:29
I’d really like to be able to go and view messages while on a call. I can’t seem to do that.
Can’t open app after Latest update
by Rodent8 on 2019/09/05 02:01
I updated my google voice 2days ago and now I can’t open the app. I have an iPhone 7 and have been using google voice for two years now with no issues. I use it for work and now I can’t access my work contacts or numbers! Please fix this ASAP! Thank you!
Deleting a number
by nutella_98 on 2019/09/04 19:36
I have a very difficult time to understand why Google’s Voice team has the inability to improve basic interactions!? Gmail was an annoyance because they have implemented a feature whereby swiping an email item to the left or right (configurable in preferences) will immediately delete the email without even giving users a chance to make sure the swipe was intentional as opposed to a mistake. Hence, it is very easy to accidentally delete an email item. Contrast this with Google Voice where it takes four (4!!!) taps to delete a call item. First, you have to tap on the call to open it up. Second, you need to tap the menu icon to open the menu. Third, you need to tap “Delete” from the menu options. And finally, fourth, you need to tap on “Delete” again in the popup to confirm that you do want to delete the item. WHOA!!! Assume you have 50 calls you want to delete and now you are looking at half an hour keep deleting calls. Guys, I am on vacation. Could you possibly add a couple of more taps to carry out this basic delete action!? But please don’t even try to implement the basic swipe to delete action (like everyone else) because that would be way too fast and simple. Just keep the way it has been done in the 90s.
Straight Crap
by K_K3i on 2019/09/03 03:08
Calls either come up as Missed without ringing or drop soon after answer. Trash.
Engr
by Roselucycollins on 2019/09/02 02:26
Please why do I have issues sending messages to my contact list and the call symbols isn’t showing up
Decent messaging app
by Ercsthnnz on 2019/08/30 19:21
Overall a decent app. Sometimes a bit laggy or slow, but it gets the job done fine
Delayed, duplicate notifications
by benkuhn on 2019/08/30 18:42
It’s not awesome to get repeated fake notifications that I missed a call from PagerDuty :/ Actually, unclear why missed call notifications exist at all given that I already get iPhone missed call notifications. They were annoying and useless even without the duplicates/delays.
Not working!
by jbatanides on 2019/08/30 04:53
When I switched my phone from a droid to an IPhone it has not worked properly. When I try to sign in it says, “Your account is ready for voice yet” It worked for a while then it stopped working. I have not been able to access google voice since.
Cannot delete contacts
by Ajeffer2 on 2019/08/29 19:14
I imported the contacts from my phone on accident and am trying to remove them from google voice. However I have been unsuccessful on doing so. There is not a remove contact option within the app and the contacts are not showing up with I login on my laptop.
Deleting this app
by Dilexus on 2019/08/29 15:07
I find it real stupid that we can’t change our number without paying $10!!!
Notifications Broken
by (500) Hours of Bummer on 2019/08/28 16:48
Marking a notification as read on web doesn’t remove the notification on mobile.
Bugs, bugs and more bugs
by DrkRomeo on 2019/08/28 04:18
This app is literally so behind.
Not Happy
by What$$ on 2019/08/27 05:05
For the past day I can receive texts but can’t send them, it tells me “message send failure” “not sent, tap to retry” but they get stuck and never send. This is not the first time this has happened. I am not impressed.
Will no longer open on my iPhone 6
by Satchriani on 2019/08/26 21:04
Running iOS 12.4 the app will no longer stay open on the screen but will run in the background. Please fix!!
Cannot access voicemail
by Andrew in NY on 2019/08/26 08:10
I never received a PIN to access my voicemail.
I like it
by Vitaliy_pro220 on 2019/08/24 21:43
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Fix it
by MzBree53 on 2019/08/21 20:36
There’s a bug in which badge notifications don’t go away after you view it
DONT UPDATE
by areyoukiddingdude on 2019/08/21 18:43
If you don’t update to the newest version, while your current version is working well, you’ll be just fine!!!
Too many spam calls
by DustinMarc on 2019/08/21 15:36
I get nonstop spam calls on my google voice number and there is no way to stop them. Please let me block every number not in my contacts.
Help
by thevampirediaries101 on 2019/08/21 03:28
I wanted to use this app but when I was setting up with my real number it said that I couldn’t register with that number, I’m not sure if it is bc it starts with 551 or idk
Can’t COPY numbers = Failed UI
by ChristopherMusic on 2019/08/20 17:52
There are a lot of reasons this app is horrible but NOT BEING ABLE TO COPY NUMBERS from the list of calls or messages is its biggest usability fail. Copying used to work so someone at Google made this choice (limited this feature) intentionally.
Doesn’t receive calls
by champenopa on 2019/08/20 16:20
My phone doesn’t ring whenever I get a call. It just goes straight to voicemail. Please fix that
If it doesn’t want us to reclaim the number, it should at least ask us to pay
by Princeisaacrana on 2019/08/20 13:32
Such a useless app, I moved to Sideline. I will never comeback!
Caller id needs to let me know it's google!!
by Philly Ralph on 2019/08/20 13:05
The whole idea is good, but the phone calls need to say google voice on the caller Id and not be so difficult to tell the difference on which of my phone lines is ringing!!!! Why can't you guys keep this function on the app???!! It's so irking.
Lot of calls drops, distortion, poor quality and data collection
by sgdesai74 on 2019/08/20 00:23
Calls connect but no response from other, we have to keep trying numerous times to make a call , it is performing worst for international calls which I mainly use despite of so called frequent bug fix, stability,performance improvements .Looks like personal data collection is the main goal here with app Whatsapp call quality is much better than this app even with video.
Crashes on startup -iPhone 6s
by Nadleroni on 2019/08/19 21:01
Wow. Not good. Closes immediately when I try to open it. iOS 12.3.1 Can I get an older version that works, please? I have a bunch of new calls/messages I need to check.
5 Stars but needs 1 feature
by milanm8 on 2019/08/18 20:45
I love the app but it needs 1 more feature. I would like the ability to answer from the google voice app instead of the regular phone app.
Great app
by Rusty iguana on 2019/08/18 19:55
This is the main way I communicate. It works very well and I don't find many issues. The only thing I wish it had is the ability to send videos. When I want to show my friends videos I cant really send it through chat. So I either struggle to email it or they don’t see it at all.
Wealth
by indoll on 2019/08/18 12:23
Account get lock easily
Stopped working
by Sofia123321! on 2019/08/18 03:11
Worked really well for months! All of a sudden it stops working. I can’t send texts or calls. I delete the app and redownload. Now it’s not allowing me to get back in.
No video option
by ahskfoeuebf slajebf f on 2019/08/16 05:09
It’s awful that we can even send a small 30 second video
App not even opening
by daang amanda on 2019/08/15 21:06
Just downloaded and keep getting error message. Unable to even login.
Unable to send a group text to more than 7 people
by JK$987654321 on 2019/08/15 18:53
Not able to send a group text message to more than 7 people after last update. Same problem on desktop as well. Disappointing!!
Doesn’t Work
by mumbo69 on 2019/08/14 20:16
Upgraded my iPhone and now it won’t allow me to use the new phone, completely useless!
Broken
by hdbekdhevrkdb on 2019/08/14 15:53
Can’t even launch app after updating on 8/14/2019, even after restarting my iPhone X (running 12.3.1).
APP is Trash
by CAdeckboss on 2019/08/13 15:34
This app quoting working (txt and calls would fail to send) I logged out and now cannot log back in. I have been receiving a “Something went wrong, try again later” prompt for the last 4 days trying to login. I use this app to run my small business and this is severely hurting my ability to contact and communicate with l clients. Google does not offer any support to help me get logged back into the app. I would not recommend this application to anyone who relies on the service to work consistently.
Really convenient app
by SummerPCTech on 2019/08/12 20:59
Honestly it’s a really good app. It’s simple and I haven’t had any problems yet. Occasionally texts pics get stuck on not sending but that’s really minor and you can delete that text anyways. For a free app this is amazing!
Love this app
by TessAnn818 on 2019/08/12 16:14
So easy to use!! Great job. A must have
Ringtones and alerts
by Twallyx5 on 2019/08/11 17:33
Please give us the ability to select ringtones
Don’t get
by hananwnnwmwmdmdmmdjdnd on 2019/08/11 16:27
This thing stinks don’t get!
Is not working
by dwboehr on 2019/08/10 18:35
App cuts out and no sounds in the middle of calls.
Concept great but some big issues
by Reggae Ball on 2019/08/09 17:14
They really need more options on the notifications, I want sound on calls but not for texts etc. Right now I’m getting repetitive notifications. Also it would be amazing if we could pay to have mutiple numbers, and that we could have multiple GV numbers that go to my cell. I’d hand our one GV number for personal reasons, and another for work reasons and then I’d be able to filter them automatically. I’d pay for that time saver rather than have to customize options on how contacts calls are sorted. Thanks!
Notifications
by gummybear pimp on 2019/08/09 16:14
This app and Service has a few good qualities, but the one that stands out, that really irritates me, is if I get a text message, and I read it, and I close the app, it still says that I have a text message and sometimes I have to open the app three or four times before it goes away or I have to completely shut down the app and then open it back up to get it to go away it is maddening
Overall Great app but missing a key feature
by Karate chop35784 on 2019/08/07 21:45
This app is awesome in almost every way. The controls are responsive and the UI is clean. The only gripe I have with it, though, is that you can’t share things from other apps to it. What I mean is that if you want to share something via google voice in another app, you can’t access it via the share button, you have to copy the link or save the image/video, go to the app, and then send it. Makes sharing content much less convenient than other messaging apps. Other than that, though, the app works wonderfully.
Google voice > sliced bread
by Not a wb on 2019/08/07 20:25
I’ve used and loved this app since its inception. It’s amazingly simple and useful. My only request would be to incorporate ’s voip features allowing it to be used as an alternative dialect on iOS. For example, “hey Siri, call (person) with google voice.” This is entirely possible with existing  iOS APIs with zero modifications. Please make it happen. Until then, I love GV enough to still give it ⍟⍟⍟⍟⍟!
Doesn't sync
by bambis bliss on 2019/08/07 18:00
I am trying to run a business and it's hard to do using Google voice as my number bc the calls that come thru are mostly marked as spam. When I try to send my clients a text they don't go through. I spent 30 mins sending all my clients a text and then realized none of them sent. Very annoying. Every message failed to send.
Problematic sending pictures
by jkirk1626 on 2019/08/06 18:37
Won’t rewind and fast-forward through voicemails correctly. Instead of rewinding voicemails, Google Voice tries to drag the entire screen to the right. Fail. Sending pictures is unreliable. The Google Voice app will indicate the pictures sent in a text message just fine, only for you to learn that your recipient never got them. Voicemail had been working again, so I increased my rating to 4/5. The pics glitch makes it hard to recommend. At least the dev team seems to care enough to update it regularly.
Issues
by Beth Walden on 2019/08/06 15:08
1. There is no way to edit or delete a contact once it is created. 2. More importantly, I am having issues playing back voicemail (on iPhone 6). Half the time it simply won’t play and the transcription is far from accurate. I use this for my work phone and it is quite unreliable. If these issues are not resolved I will need to switch to another app.
Hacked
by tele1010 on 2019/08/04 04:20
As soon as I placed an add I got spammed into giving out a code. I have no idea what they have access to. Luckily I don’t use my google account much. We will see I suppose.
Pics send, but not plain text!?!?
by EatEmUpTigersEatEmUpTigers on 2019/08/03 20:44
I can send all the pictures I want but regular texts won’t send!?!? What the poo?
No SMS transcription soon
by Magilum on 2019/08/03 10:42
Literally the only feature I care about and standard Google attitude, they manage to release great products and then slowly ruin and kill them.
Awesome app, but...
by StrangerTh!ngsFan on 2019/08/02 03:46
Ok I love this app sooo much but one thing I would request is that for group chats they allow you to name them. Also maybe add video calling at some point
Anon
by morris & RL on 2019/08/01 15:23
I loved this app but. I hate when your using the phone on avcall you can't use the app too send messages etc.
It was great until MMS stopped working
by Jeff19781978 on 2019/07/29 19:20
Can’t send images in messages anymore directly from your camera roll. Only small images. Deal killer.
Missed call notifications
by Phreddy1 on 2019/07/28 01:31
I keep getting old notifications about missed calls after I've cleared them
Can’t Send/Receive Videos
by Jldevault on 2019/07/27 18:34
Lame.
Suddenly doesn’t work
by Shideh70 on 2019/07/27 14:47
For the past couple of days when I open the app it says something went wrong try again!!!!
Will not send texts all of a sudden
by katmekat123 on 2019/07/26 01:45
All of a sudden it won’t send texts ! Ughh so frustrating!
Issues with new update
by mzmoral on 2019/07/25 12:29
The app updates and now I can receive text but I can not respond to them
A MUST HAVE FOR MY BUSINESS!
by Kevin 9/23 on 2019/07/25 02:32
I own two companies Google Voice has been instrumental to our communication!
Doesn’t Ring
by Plz fix it😹 on 2019/07/24 22:11
The app is good but it doesn’t ring to let me know anyone calling or texting me.I have missed so many calls because of this.Please fix it
App crash
by MJGT1993 on 2019/07/24 01:26
I was enjoying the app until I updated it recently and now the app keeps crashing!! Please fix this.
The most unreliable app once stops working
by Rajeshghotekar on 2019/07/21 18:14
The most unreliable app once stops working, there is absolutely no way to recover your text/ call history & the worst part once uninstalled & reinstalled again you loose the data and no way to connect back.
No issues until the last update
by @tinkthaQueen on 2019/07/20 15:46
Please fix! I'm no longer able to log into my account. I usegoogle voice everyday
No way to delete text messages!
by scotty321 on 2019/07/19 06:57
This app gives no way to delete text messages. You can only permanently archive text messages, which is ridiculous. Why would need to permanently archive all those text messages that we receive from our bank and other companies that text us verification codes or notifications of our billing statements? This is really just a bad app with no redeeming qualities!
MUST READ BEFORE USE
by MucusEagle on 2019/07/19 02:06
This is the WORST app compared to what Google can produce. You cannot send videos. Large messages are broken in to pieces and whatever portion reaches the server first it will send it first, so the conversation is all over the place. If the service is spotty, you will get the notification that a message has arrived, but the app will not refresh until you get service. If the notification arrives, doesn’t it mean that the the message successfully arrived? Why do I need to wait till I get the service for the app to update the conversation? Just because of Google and Apple’s rivalry, Google is dropping the ball on customers that prefer Google app than any others. Hate the app not questions ask!
Watch & GUF support?
by sidc3000 on 2019/07/18 11:56
I like Google Voice ever since they revamped it. I just wish it had GIF and apple watch support. At least for notifications
Terrible
by NinjaEpic SteakPlayz on 2019/07/16 22:11
For me it’s awful it has bugs and it does not even work some times that’s why I had to delete the app.I don’t even have a phone number and it is asking me verify it.
Is it really a GOOGLE app???
by GoogleSucksOnThatOne on 2019/07/12 11:35
Unbelievable that Google offers such a poor app. And not only the features are ridiculously poor, the app has so many bugs (no syncing, no text box...) @Google developers: check WhatsApp and copy/paste...
Cant edit Contacts
by P0ng415 on 2019/07/12 01:41
Why is there option to edit a Conact after entry? Calls dont work- it’ll cal a different number.
Google Ruined It !! Now It's Back !!
by The Cazman on 2018/09/29 13:37
The latest version has some nice improvements but added some other issues. I like the ability to send photos and use emojis. I don’t like that it no longer recalls and suggests the numbers that you have sent texts to. Because I don’t link my iPhone contacts to it, If I delete a text string I now have to look up the number to start a new one. It should suggest numbers that have been used even if the archives are deleted and allow us to delete a suggestion we no longer need. The opposite is true for phone calls. It not only archives the phone numbers of calls you make but there is no way I have found to remove them from the archive. If these two issues were resolved I would rate it 5 stars. I'm updating my previous negative review to a positive 5 stars. Defects have been corrected and it is easier and more reliable to use. I especially like the ability to easily and permanently delete conversation and call history. Thank you Google !! Totally non functional for texts. Used the prior version all the time now there is no way to send a txt because the ">" that used to be there to send is missing. Also, after you enter the destination number you cannot get back to the message without starting over. This is a total train wreck. (Using iPhone 6s with latest iOS update).
Not bad
by LambdaPrincess on 2017/09/27 23:36
The Google folks have been working hard on this app since they give it the functionality we all expect when we text. I have every faith that they will finally get it together and that one day it will work effortlessly like it used to before they added the features that we all asked for. Google voice, in general, is a service that I cannot see living without. In my opinion, google voice must be something that God created on the eighth day after he rested on the seventh I love it that much. I feel sorry for people who do not use Google Voice as their primary way to contact people. I can't think of any way that they could possibly improve google voice's incredibly rich and awesome features, except to finally get the app to stop crashing a few times a week.
Crashes regularly, many bugs
by LostInSicilia on 2018/05/05 02:48
I have been using this app for 1.5 years because I love the concept of a free way to text message and receive calls, but the app itself is the worst app on my phone. It crashes several times a week. When replying from the lock screen, it often does not actually send the message but doesn’t let you know it failed. I cannot send or receive video messages. A new message notification may pop up, but then when opening the app it may be super delayed in appearing. I regularly click on one text message and it opens a different one. 90% of the time if someone calls me, we can’t hear each other and I have to hang up and call them through a different app. I have to forward my calls instead, which works well. I have to use Google Hangouts to make free calls, because using the app either doesn’t work or uses my cell line that costs money. There are a couple of pictures I tried to send once and failed, but the app still shows them as pending months later and there is no way to delete them without deleting the whole conversation...so I have to scroll through them every time to see the latest message. Google obviously does not care to invest hardly any money or time in improving Google Voice. If I knew of a reputable and more reliable free phone and text service, I would use it instead.
Major bugs
by JXuba on 2019/01/04 07:22
I’ve used GV for years. Ian using this app on an iPhone 6 with latest iOS. The current version contains two major bugs that currently make this a three star app. 1) when texting photos, an occasional photo will perpetually stay in “sending”mode and remain at the bottom of the conversation. Sometimes it is multiple photos that are stuck and you have to scroll up to get to the latest message in your exchange with a particular person. This issue can be present in multiple text conversations and every time you send or receive a text from that person, the picture or pictures are the first thing you see, even if they were sent a month ago. There is NO WAY TO DELETE THEM. The only way to fix this is to delete the entire app and reinstall it. 2) The text box where you compose your text message frequently is missing no matter who you try to text. The only way to fix this is to exit the app and open it again. These bugs are quite annoying. Granted, it’s not that difficult to to exit and reopen the app to fix issue #2 but the frequency that this needs to be done is a bit much. Deleting and reinstalling the app multiple times to fix issue #1 has gone way beyond being just a minor annoyance. I’m hoping these issues are fixed soon.
Calls no more ?? And no address book
by yellowkiwi on 2017/12/02 21:05
Still not improved!!! I have been using Google voice for nearly 4 years. I needed a safer way to contact clients while Keeping a low profile as well as a way to contact guys I date and block them if need be all while having the ability to archive messages to reference later since I’m also a writer. Overall the service works great but why no address book was included in iPhone app version is beyond me. So I had to add the clients number to the iPhone which became problematic when Facebook linked my profile to these contacts and all the sudden my privacy was violated. And because you can add and update or block numbers from the app only when you log in via your email it gets super annoying. I also wish google had allowed for pictures to be sent out not just received. I recently downloaded another Google voice 3 app which I hoped included an address book along with picture sending and since downloading and using that I can no longer make calls using regular Google voice app. I also wish the messages wouldn't be separated into various conversations with the same person. Why couldn't they archive like regular text message for the same number. Google please fix!!
Favorites gone ?
by ashwinks on 2018/10/08 15:35
Nice look and feel - but would say a D grade on functionality. The favorites feature was already barebones- with “suggestions” having to suffice as “favorites”. But now, it’s completely gone!?! Like many others, I use this while driving and I want to be able to call someone with just a tap, rather than search. Why not have a tab with 3x3 (say) tiles for your top 9 favorites, and set another tab for “suggestions” or leave it incorporated with “contacts” ? Please (re)design a functionality for favorites, pretty please!! UPDATE 10/8: Things seem to go from bad to worse. Now the suggested contacts are gone, and I have to constantly scroll through the contacts list, find the person I need, open the contact screen and the choose the number. In the iPhone app, it then asks you to confirm the call. Given that I (and many others, based on the reviews I read here) use this to make calls while driving, using this app has become a very hazardous task. While I really love the app for its cheap rates and simplicity, the lack of valuable (and commonly available) features is very disappointing. Please implement a “favorites” option.
Love it. Excellent for Legally Recording too!
by manDown1130 on 2017/09/18 17:04
I have had this Google phone number attached to my regular number for quite some time. I downloaded the app to my iPhone and was exceedingly surprised at how user-friendly and convenient it is to have a second number that is really attached to my main number. And I do not have to download "sketchy" apps that want to download my contacts to their server and all the other things that are so questionable these days. The part I do really love and have used, is that when people call my Google number, I can press the number four on the keypad, and it plays a legal recording telling both parties that the call is being recorded. If they continue, that is their legal acknowledgment and then Google sends you that entire recording to keep or archive on their trusted servers for as long as needed. Overall, I really cannot say enough about the Google number feature. And the app that I am reviewing here, is just an added bonus that deserves 10 stars in my opinion.
Love the service, not crazy about the latest update
by ImaGSrider on 2017/10/22 14:59
**Update. App version 2.8 on iOS 11.0.3 iPhone 7 on AT&T. The app constantly crashes to the point where I have to type text messages in a different app then copy & paste into the GV app and quickly hit the send button before it crashes. It is not a matter of “if” but “how fast” would it crash... I am a total GV fan and extremely thankful for the service which I would gladly pay for. Now, considering this is a free service and a free app it seems ungrateful to criticize but my intent is to provide feedback rather than complain. Since the last update the app (on iPhone 6, iOS 10.2.1) is SLOW! It takes forever to show new messages/voicemail and when searching for a contact, it takes a few seconds for each letter! Another aspect of the update I am not crazy about is the way the dial screen works; you can either input a number on the keypad (default) or if you would like to search by name, you have to touch a keyboard icon which then takes forever to bring it up and another forever for each letter you type. Not sure why this massive slowdown but I am at a point where I am looking for an alternate app for GV
Updates are making use more difficult
by jamman9000 on 2018/08/19 03:23
I was really happy to see GV getting some love again with actual work being done on it... But soon into the changes I noticed the first downgrade in functionality. Before, I was able to use the dial pad to search my contacts' by name using the letters associated with the numbers AND could just search by the phone number itself, but it changed. Instead, searching by number became the default and to switch to searching by alphabet I had to tap a button that brought up the keyboard. I don't understand, the first way had the best of both worlds in one... is it because we don't associate letters with dial pad numbers as much anymore? Then this new update came out (mid-August 2018) that got rid of the alphabet search function entirely! I have to go to the contacts tab and search for my contact and go through so much more now to just call someone. I was annoyed before, but now it's very frustrating! Not having much of a problem otherwise... Please improve the dial pad contact search! Bring back the all-in-one method!
Good but could be much better
by khtestgv on 2018/02/16 03:27
The whole purpose of using GV is so I don’t give out my personal number and avoid unwanted calls. When people call my GV #, it rings on my cell like my regular network #. It would be great if I can get (sound/vibrate) ring notification within the app that is “separate” from my regular phone. That way I can tell the call is coming in via GV # or personal #. Tried multiple work around but doesn’t seems to work correctly. An online article suggested downloading Google Hangout App and have the GV # forward to Hangout instead of my personal #. Doing that does allow a separate notification in the Hangout app when people call my GV # and regular number would ring normally. However, downloading 2 apps is a hassle and cause problems with other functions and more confusing. Why need 2 app google? when GV app can be improve to ring separately. Also, if contacts can be manage within the app would be better. Not sure why it wasn’t included with the app creation or update.
I use this for my work line and it’s infuriating
by j_betty on 2017/12/19 02:54
I run an animal rescue and I meet all types of total weirdos and sketchy individuals that try to call middle of be night, try to look up my address, give out my number to total strangers that have absolutely no regard for other people’s lives. Insert google voice, to give an additional line to my phone so I can keep it on me all the time without an actual second phone BUT have at least a small amount of privacy and keep track of my work people from my home people. BUT THIS APP CRASHES ALL THE TIME. ALL. THE. TIME. Almost every day, and often multiple times in a day. I will be trying to have a convo by text with volunteers giving time-sensitive information so they can have written instructions to refer back to later when they’re at the vet and I can’t get because it won’t stop crashing. It’s absolutely maddening. Very little options in settings. The whole app is very clunky and SO. SLOW. There’s a substantial delay using Google voice. If I knew of an alternative to this I would absolutely use it.
Quit changing the settings
by Wickedb69 on 2019/01/01 22:37
This isn’t a bad app. The problem is that every time Google makes it “better” they make it worse. Leave the settings alone. Urg!!! Now callers either have to say their name, and most new callers don’t want to do that or it connects directly to my line. The other option is to see my Google number as caller ID. With the first option, if callers don’t say their name ( and new callers usually hang up ) I have no idea if it’s a Google call, which I use for privacy, or a personal call. There’s no privacy anymore. There’s a reason I have a Google number!!! It used to be that I could see the caller ID, and there was an announcement that it was coming through the Google line, which was perfect for deciding how to handle a call. After this last update, it sent Google callers to my private VM until I could get in and change it. Leave it alone!!! Don’t change settings when you update. I don’t need you to adjust things for me. And include the option for me to decide how calls are answered. Quit deleting options.
Voicemail playback is losing its user-friendliness
by golfshot474 on 2019/06/06 19:09
I love the service and have used it since about 2006 or 2007 (I think). My only issue is that the app is making it harder to listen to voicemails. Oftentimes the voicemails play back on a low volume, which is on me because I have to wait until a message is playing before I can increase the volume. That isn’t the app’s problem... Because it starts at a low volume I have to replay the message after I am able to turn it up, and I don’t mind doing this. The problem is that it is almost impossible to scroll the voicemail bar back to the left now that they added a feature to delete the message, by swiping left on the message. When trying the drag the voicemail bar back it ends up sliding the message over for the delete feature. Frustrating because if I have a long voicemail (1min+) I don’t want to have to wait until it’s done before I replay it. Especially when I have multiple voicemails to listen to. FWP
Fantastic
by picknassaro on 2019/05/28 21:30
I’ve been looking for a way to have the type of functionality iMessage gives you on iPhone/iPad/Mac, but with Windows instead of a Mac. This is literally perfect for that. I get messages, calls, and voicemails on any device, any OS, truly what I needed. Would love some of the silly niceties of modern messaging apps like stickers, read receipts, message reactions, end-to-end encryption if it isn’t already present, etc etc... If there were any way my non-GV contacts could see my messages as if I were on an iPhone, like if Google Voice were able to send my messages through iMessage servers via some kind of deal with Apple, then that would just be icing on the cake. My communication on any OS, but without my iOS friends having to deal with the green bubble issues like insecure communications and low res images and such. But for now, I really do love this.
What happened? Crashes a lot
by faystar85 on 2018/01/29 04:18
OMG! Do you know how annoying it is to write a text and then it crashes and you have to write your text over multiple times? Infuriating. I use my app for business and it always worked perfect and I couldn’t complain at all. However, in the last 2 months, the app just randomly crashes and it happens when the app is open for longer than like 65 seconds. It’s insanity, I really hope you guys fix this! It’s such a waste of time right now but I already have this number printed everywhere so please please fix it. I would gladly pay a small fee just for it to stop crashing. I have to text my texts in another app like text or notes, then copy + paste. Or copy and paste as I am typing just in case the app crashes. I’ll change my rating if the app gets updated and the bugs fixed. If it doesn’t get fixed I’ll be rating the app even lower. Cmon google, lets get it together! This is unacceptable.
Finally!!! An app update that makes this stable
by Ra1129 on 2019/03/15 06:26
I love google voice and I love this new updated stable app but I absolutely hated the old google voice app on IOS devices. Slow and laggy, would constantly crash or become unresponsive my favorite little quirk was that at time you would click to type a text and the text field and keyboard would both disappear and you would be forced to force close the app in order to possibly get it back up and running. NOT ANYMORE! This update resolved 99% of the issues that I ran into before the app performs faster and smoother and doesn’t have the little quirks it used to. Thanks google for finally tossing us IOS users a bone and getting this fixed and done right, next time maybe do it a little quicker than 2 years.
Google voice works - simple basic free app that works
by whydoesapplecarewhoiamnow on 2018/12/30 23:30
There are a lot of phone number apps that aren't free and are not nearly as good as this one. The app does what it is supposed to do which is send and receive text messages and phone calls. The phone call quality on my cell phone is actually clearer than when I use my own provider. My provider is one of the big 5 nationally. What I read on negative reviews is that it saved text and call number history. That seems to not be the case in the version I am using now. I did something no one else mentioned which was delete the app from my phone, restart my phone, and add it back. Once I did that all those issues were gone and never returned. Yes this is the iPhone version lol.
Please make it so I can tell if incoming calls are from Google Voice!!!
by Unstoppable747 on 2018/10/25 17:43
This honestly is a great app, I use the number for my business, and for the 8 months that I’ve had it, it is not buddy or troublesome at all! My biggest dislike with the app, is that since the calls are linked with my phone, I can’t tell if the calls are coming from my business number (Google Voice) or not, and this is a big deal! Since I want to be able to respond professionally to a call for my business! Another dislike I have with the app, is that the the notifications sound for texting, is the Tri-Tone sound that comes stock with notifications from all apps. This is annoying because when I hear the sound, I am unsure whether it is from other apps or Google Voice. And before you think you can change it to something different, specifically only for Google Voice, you can’t! Google please fix these issues with a solutions that’ll make it so people can tell if an incoming call that they are getting from Google Voice is coming from Google Voice or not, and also allow it to have one different or a variety of different sounds for incoming texts than just the stock sound! If you make these adjustments, I will publicly proclaim the greatness of the app and system all over social media!!
Good, but DOES crash & lacks user design attention
by Doug757 on 2017/10/16 12:19
I have been using it for couple years now. Like the integration w/my Google email, etc. BUT, latest version seems to crash w/in 15-20 seconds whenever I try to create a text to send. I think the 'split personality' between Google Voice & Hangouts is confusing. I prefer the GV interface for communication, it's simpler; and I think the voice call quality is better (probably because it requires calling out via your cell number; Hangouts allows calls via wifi or 'data' connection.) BUT -- the GV app really does need a comprehensive design makeover. It doesn't have an option to group messages, it's confusing & cumbersome to delete messages (and it's different from Hangouts cumbersome system), it doesn't have a way to 'mark' messages you want to come back to, etc. In other words, it's potential as an effective and desirable voice&text communication app is squandered by what seems to a design-by-techheads -- user friendliness is not in their consciousness. And boy does it show. (Hangouts, for what it's worth, seems more bent on trying to be the 'cool' app; it's shortcoming are similar but it leans more heavily on texting side, I think.) Wow. GV could be great. I can't figure out who's got the brain block at Google to explain why it falls so short..
Less Glitchy Interface
by Thankful Ben on 2017/09/06 06:33
Have been using Google Voice almost since it was released, and have ridden through the ups and downs. The v2 interface looks good, photo integration is great(!), conversation view is wonderful, and the same old integration with Contacts and the Phone apps is awesome. The August 2017 version (2.6) has improved the lag significantly, but still pauses sometimes. The June 2017 version of Google Voice did not function smoothly at all on my iPhone 5s. Every action, from scrolling to creating a new message to searching, took a moment or two to get a response, if the action even registered at all. Not a pleasant or efficient experience. Long press functions are back in v2.6, after a brief hiatus! SMS conversations can be archived, individual messages can be deleted, and both voice messages and call histories can be multi-selected for faster management. All this is faster and more intuitive than the past few versions. Thanks! I'll finish by saying that the ability to switch between multiple GVoice accounts (as in Hangouts) is also really great!!! I previously had to use different apps for different numbers, but now they are better consolidated here. 👍👍
Google V w/Hangouts on my IPhone 7plus
by Peri2201 on 2018/09/17 00:30
I used to like this app until it became confusing ! It’s great having a second number that can be called within the Hangouts app! Or by Google Voice only! Thing is the transition and ease of use is taking too many steps and not really as functional as it claims! I don’t have as many crashes now but I can’t seem to get my regular calls to come through from my cell phone when friends & family call on my cell phone # But it’s fine when friends or other ppl call on Hangouts with the google phone number ! It’s seems to reroute my iPhone # calls to Google voice but I’ve not set it up that way! I’d like the 2 numbers to be used when I’d rather be talking on one or the other. Or just have ppl call Hangouts that aren’t family or close family friends! Just use the Google V with Hangouts for acquaintances!! Why isn’t this possible ?? I can’t get the thing to disconnect from my carrier ! At least that’s what I think ! I added credit to the acct. so it wouldn’t charge my carrier ! I switched my iPhone on to WiFi calling only !! That should keep data down on my carriers calls and usage CORRECT ???? Would be nice to have at least an online means to contact the google apps and calling features !! Help us out more‼️‼️‼️
Good idea, needs functionality improvement
by pato white on 2019/02/04 19:56
I think it’s great that someone can port their number over to an app and keep it for their own personal use going forward. Because of this, I am able to have a work phone/personal phone all in one instead of carrying around two phones like most of my colleagues. The unfortunate part, however, is the fact that some basic functionality improvements are highly needed. The app will continue to show an unread message alert well after I’ve read the message. Several times even. Using emojis, or any other keyboards for that matter, is complicated and requires 30 clicks of the same button. Texting is so much easier on my iPhones texting that I find myself reverting back to its use instead of this app. Yes, I love the idea of this app, but because it’s so cumbersome to use at times, I don’t use it as much as I otherwise would.
How to know if calls are GV or cell phone number
by Lizard Trails on 2019/06/07 19:36
If you want to know whether the call is coming from your personal number or your google voice number without having to use the awkward call screening (where it asks callers to say their name before the call goes through), then don’t link your phone number, granted you’ll have to use the default option to make calls over WiFi and data instead of using your carrier. Now all google voice calls will come through the app, so when a call comes, you will see that it is a google voice call. However, if your data service is weak, then the call could be dropped, but at least you’ll know it’s a GV call and you can call them back later.
Increasing Disappointment by the minute...
by Soing B. Massung on 2018/07/26 12:54
I have increasing disappointment by the minute with the fact Support Teams do not reply to reported concerns within a reasonable timeframe. What exactly is the Service Level Agreement to respond to consumer queries? It is alarming that my personal data has been compromised and extorted and there is little to no support to correct all of the issues, service denial, and accessibility. The consumer seem to have zero rights or alternative means to resolve this blatant disregard for the customers that utilize the “services” delivered to the customer. This is a total abuse of rights and responsibility. Even the previous reviews regarding this indicate the degradation of service that has gone on for entirely too long; at the expense of hard working customers. I fully intend on reporting these issues and concerns to all of the necessary official authorities. This is not a game, people’s lives and livelihoods are at stake
Could & Should Be So Much Better
by Buddydpug on 2019/04/06 22:02
I appreciate that Google makes this app for ios and that it is free. However, like Google Tasks and other Alphabet products, the proof is in the execution. It’s the inconsistencies that are troublesome. Why, for example, do my messages sync across devices but notifications do not? When I go from my iphone to ipad (and vice versa), I’ll see a badge notification thinking I have a new call or message. Alas, it’s the same message/call that I had already read (or listened to) on the other device. A more significant defect, however, is the actually call forwarding from Voice to my iphone. I receive forwarded calls maybe 1/3 of the time. I’ll see a notification for a missed call, but my iphone never rang. Lastly, a greater contrast for messages would be helpful to the aging eyes of many users.
Keep nuisance calls and text messages down on your land and cell phones
by Jsey on 2019/06/16 16:03
I’ve had this service since is began and love it. Job hunting is hard enough without the spammers going to those sites and falsely acquiring your private information to add you to their call lists. This way if there is a legitimate inquiry they can leave a message either voice or text otherwise it is often blank. My regular cell phone is ringing all the time. Special events also are a good opportunity for this app. While you can monitor the calls from your cell phone you are no being interrupted during meetings or other moments in life when it’s not convenient to take these calls. It’s great
Calls constantly drop
by Alclouse3 on 2018/11/07 16:17
Google voice worked perfectly fine until their last update. We are required to use google voice for work and it’s frustrating when I’m speaking with a client and all of the sudden the call is silenced and I can’t hear them and they can’t hear me, then a few seconds later the call disconnects completely. It does it from both the desktop and my cell phone. I end up having to get the clients email from them before the call drops or text them asking for further information. It would be nice if the app had some reliability and didn’t cause so many issues. This occurs usually every other call, if not more. But my last call it dropped 5 times in a row when I was just trying to get the customers email address to continue our conversation. It’s embarrassing also having to explain this to clients..
Good app but I wish I’d be notified my Google Voice line was ringing!
by Dawifey on 2018/02/20 23:16
I’m applying for jobs, for scam purposes I didn’t want to give out my real phone number so I got a number from Google Voice. It’s super easy to use and works well. I haven’t had any issues with it crashing or anything and the texts come through quickly when I use that feature. My issue is that I don’t answer calls when they are coming from unknown numbers so I keep declining these calls (because it’s not ringing directly to the app but it’s forwarding the call to my actual phone number) and I can miss an important call rendering the Google Voice redundant. Even if there was a little notification on my phone saying Google Voice call or if it rings my personal cell from one specific number, then at least I’d know...
Deleting a number
by nutella_98 on 2019/09/04 19:36
I have a very difficult time to understand why Google’s Voice team has the inability to improve basic interactions!? Gmail was an annoyance because they have implemented a feature whereby swiping an email item to the left or right (configurable in preferences) will immediately delete the email without even giving users a chance to make sure the swipe was intentional as opposed to a mistake. Hence, it is very easy to accidentally delete an email item. Contrast this with Google Voice where it takes four (4!!!) taps to delete a call item. First, you have to tap on the call to open it up. Second, you need to tap the menu icon to open the menu. Third, you need to tap “Delete” from the menu options. And finally, fourth, you need to tap on “Delete” again in the popup to confirm that you do want to delete the item. WHOA!!! Assume you have 50 calls you want to delete and now you are looking at half an hour keep deleting calls. Guys, I am on vacation. Could you possibly add a couple of more taps to carry out this basic delete action!? But please don’t even try to implement the basic swipe to delete action (like everyone else) because that would be way too fast and simple. Just keep the way it has been done in the 90s.
One more thing...
by DuyNgn on 2018/08/31 23:36
I am excited that there are attention from Google and improvements are being made to this Voice app. The previous sluggish slowless in loading different screens seems to have been remedied. However, the failure to clear "new" events when it's been viewed remained to be a very OCD inducing annoyance. The app simply refuse to mark new events as seen...very resistant to clearing new status. It appears that one would have to exit the message screen, tap the thread title to enter the conversation again before the app registers as a "seen" event. Often times I have to exit the app completely and re-enter the conversation a few times before it registered that I've seen the new event. Please fix....
Would be great if the contacts in google would be be in their own tab
by Dissatisfied user 8897 on 2018/08/27 02:39
***UPDATE 3*** All contacts now show up on the contacts tab, no longer limited to 60, thank you!! ***UPDATE 2*** It would appear that only 60 contacts from google show up in the contacts tab. The rest CAN be searched, but what’s the point of having a contacts tab if you’re not going to display all the contacts? PLEASE FIX! ***UPDATE*** Wow I’m impressed! I’m not sure if my review made a difference or not, but the app has been updated (same day) and now the contacts tab properly syncs with google voice! Thank you so much!! ***ORIGINAL REVIEW*** Please make the separate contacts tab update from google contacts, not phone contacts. I like to separate my google contacts and my phone contacts, but it’s a hassle as of now. If there was a separate contacts tab THAT ACTUALLY WORKED it would be absolutely great. Adding contacts through google voice adds them to the phone address book- WHY?? This defeats the whole purpose of google voice, I don’t want to mix phone contacts with google contacts!
Good but...
by Gabe254 on 2019/09/11 14:42
I like the app. It’s easy to use with clear functionality that allows for smooth usage; although, the quality of phone calls is often spotty with interference or calls being dropped more often than on other apps. The app has a lot of interesting function, but feel as though the extras aren’t being used to their full capacity. For example: Google voice’s “Do Not Disturb” feature has to be turned on manually and then turned off again. Why isn’t there an option to set a schedule for example? Or maybe a way to set dates and reoccurring exceptions, similar to what digital calendars now do. That would be very convenient, but we’ll see if it gets there. Either way, it’s not a bad app and can be useful for many things.
Version 2.1 has serious bugs
by tomagain748 on 2017/11/28 14:47
I’ve used this app for years and I loved it. Among other things you can text via internet with no cell reception. But about a week ago, m phone became totally unresponsive and kept getting worse. Finally I looked at battery usage and, despite not using the app, Google Voice was using 43% of my battery just churning in the background. I uninstalled the app, rebooted my phone twice and zoom! Was back to it’s old quick self. Hoping it was a bad install of a good app, a day later, I reinstalled it. Even though I never even signed into my account, a day later my phone was sluggish and unresponsive. I once again uninstalled and rebooted and zoom. My phone is bright and peppy again. Conclusion: do NOT upgrade to Google Voice until version 2.2 comes out. This, by the way, is on an iPhone 5s
The new update freezes the app
by LoraLondon on 2019/02/17 22:06
I like the previous version better it didn’t Freeze it was very fast, the new and improved updated version Freezes a whole lot. It’s very frustrating because you have to wait until it’s Unthawed to send text messages. Trying to make a phone call the first time around is impossible the other color cannot hear you, you’ll hear a ring and then after one ring your screen is just black with the phone number you’ve called and the phone options displayed on your screen but no caller is on the other end. None of these issues was present in the older version. You have to call the number back like three times in order to get someone to answer. And it’s embarrassing because the caller on the receiving end questions your carrier service.
Best option but far from perfect
by 9zero8 on 2018/01/24 13:56
I use Google Voice every day, I have paid for other programs and tried almost every other option there is. This app, mostly due to push notifications, is by far the best option. I’ve been eagerly waiting for an update so that it will take full of vantage of the iPhone X screen but unfortunately that still has not been addressed. I also wish they would add features to allow full control of your Google Voice account from the app. Other third-party apps provide features like this already but their solution to push notifications leaves a lot to be desired. To be fair, The third-party app developers state that googles push notifications are not an open API so it is probably not their fault.
Great overall. One annoying fault.
by ANickNameNoOneElseHas! on 2019/09/20 20:27
First off, one needs to understand how Google services and apps work together to get the most out of this. Don’t expand the an address book in this, because that’s what Google Contacts is for. Second, you will need a linked phone to activate service but you do NOT have to keep that phone linked to continue using GV. The only issue I’m having right now on the iPad is notifications are not coming through. If I’m not right at my iPad when a call comes in the is no notification until I deliberately open the app. Pretty stupid time to get them, when I’m already checking, hours after calls came in.
So far so good
by LOVEsnake on 2017/09/13 15:26
It's not 100% perfect, but it gets the job done. I use this to get in touch with my clients and have the ability to text and call them from my cell phone without having to give them my personal number. The one big issue I have is that my number makes calls when not prompted to. I've received calls and texts from random people telling me that they just received a call from my google voice number... my app wasn't even opened... and I don't even have their numbers in my phone book. I don't know why this happens. When I get the call or text I simply apologize and take the fall and sometimes explain to them that this is a google voice number and it is glitchy. Please help or fix this issue!
Working like a charm!
by SimpleScorpio on 2018/12/31 00:38
I was finally able to log in to the settings via the mobile browser and fix BOTH of my issues! I was able to take my forwarding off of my gmail account (not sure WHY it went there) and change my greeting from DEFAULT to My recorded one! I am happy as a clam now! (Whatever that means) I just wish there was a way to do this WITHIN the app itself. There are a few other minor things I would change but... IT'S WORKING AND I AM FUNDAMENTALLY HAPPY! Update: Can we PLEASE get a way to STOP spam calls and neighbor spam. Leaving my google voice on do not disturb all the time is kind of defeating using it as an additional phone number. Having to block EVERY caller is a pain just find a way to let us eliminate calls all together of specific types or the use of wildcards....something....anything because these calls are driving me insane!
Slow and glitchy
by debrabass on 2019/04/30 02:05
I use this quite a bit and the delay can b really annoying. And occasionally, it won’t sync the number with the name in my address book so I just see the number without the identity in texts or calls. The latest glitch is that I tried to send 3 images. None of them “sent” but they have been “sending” for a couple of days. I can’t delete them or get a prompt to resend them. They just stay there at the bottom of my message feed with the “sending...” promise prompt at the end. That means I have to scroll back to see new messages from this friend because these photos are now in the way. I’ve rebooted the phone and the app a couple of times but no help. Super annoying.
Send pics !!!
by jordan_.1995 on 2018/08/29 16:32
I repeat please add a feature where I can send pictures to people this is really anoying it’s been too long that I can’t send anybody any pictures how can I have a text app that can’t send pics but can Acept them. We need to be Apple to send pictures in the next update this is really anoying we shouldn’t have to report this glitch it’s unacceptable to have a texting app which doesn’t allow pictures to be sent please add that feature to this app I really like it but that alone makes me not want to use it anymore I have use my regular number to send a pic an that defeats the purpose of a second line to use
WOULD LIKE ACCESS TO FOLDERS WHEN SENDING PIC TEXT
by Jonlul on 2017/09/29 12:58
I really do like this app. It’s very convenient for a free service. Call in, call out, text, link all numbers home, office, cell into one convent number to give out. My only problem is when sending pics via text in google voice. It does not allow you to go to your picture folders to send a picture. This is not good. I don’t want it to just go to my camera roll and search all my photos when I’m trying to send a picture from the beach last weekend or a work document I scanned. I want to be able to go into the individual photo folder like you can when sending a regular text message/iMessage/FB message/WhatsApp. Please please please update this feature.
Crashes WAY TO MUCH over the last week.
by MzKindra on 2017/10/06 11:16
I use Google Voice as my main public phone number. Since the recent iPhone update at the end of September 2017, I can’t type a short text with out it crashing! I don’t get my calls, and it frequently disconnects me. PLEASE FIX THIS! I have been using the Google Voice app since you rolled it out. Previously there were only minor problems. I would send a crash report, and go about my normal day. I’m now in the habit of copying my text while typing, out of fear the app will crash before I get a chance to hit “send”. I’ve switched to using FB messenger to communicate via text with people, however that is not an adequate substitute for Google Voice, as many people don’t use Facebook. I need my Google Voice to work properly again. PLEASE FIX THIS ASAP! Thank you.
making progress....
by jdf729 on 2019/02/14 14:22
Not sure when this happened but can no longer scroll back listening to a message. Wants to swipe left to delete it . I've had GV since it came out and thought google had pretty much abandoned it for updates. I had GV permanately forwarded to my carrier number and now I still have it forwarded to a new app called sideline. Sideline is what I wish GV was. Only two things for my GV wishlist: * The reason I still have it on forward is that I wish the app would "ring" and act like the native iphone app but letting you know its a GV call coming in. You can take a call right from the lock screen. (sideline does this) *The ability to add a signiture to text messages
Good service. Buggy app
by AceBiz2 on 2017/10/16 15:23
The Google Voice service is great. Being able to keep an old number with a new phone without subscription fees is wonderful. The app itself, however, has many issues. The argument that Google developers pay no attention to iOS apps comes to mind. Recent updates have made it harder to find “favorite” contacts to call/text (a “favorites” list no longer exists afaik). There’s also new bugs. Crashes are common while doing simple things like writing a text message (I find myself typing the message elsewhere so I can copy/paste on the app before it crashes) These may be related to ios11 updates, but most other developers have issued updates to their apps on recent weeks.
Basic But Lacking Convenience Features
by ZoeStarck on 2018/08/30 14:51
I use this app for business but I get a lot of personal calls too. With Google Voice there is no way to know if it’s a GV call or regular call. The voicemail transcription also has a lot of issues with heavy accents. It seems like Google should be able to handle transcribing heavy accents but apparently that’s one area where their diversity could use some work. It’s so terrible. You also have to remember that it calls through another number so the number that appears on the call will not be the number you're calling. Other than that it’s okay. Other features work as advertised with a great layout.
Love the app, love the service
by Maxewlled on 2018/05/16 02:18
In a time when moving carriers, and taking your phone number with costs money... Google voice lets you always take your number with. Forward your number on Google voice to whatever number you like! Your always in contact and people never need to update your number. The app is solid and easy to use, works with web and other Google apps. Simple and easy to use. Had this number for the last three jobs two of which provided me a phone. No one needed to learn new numbers.
Crashing App
by Googlegixplease on 2017/12/14 22:51
I used to love Google voice now recently it’s constantly crashing I’ll go to try to save a phone number and while typing the name it’s just that sell and leaves then I have to try all over again and if it takes me more than two seconds to write any type of information and try to save it it gets lost. Additionally numbers that I’ve saved in my contacts are now not appearing I’m having to try to type the number two and three times before realizing that the numbers already saved additionally it is not typing the number as written it’s putting spaces in between the numbers which is causing issues as well the car waiting it’s not working either. Please fixThese bugs.
Not Perfect Though
by JMZ727 on 2019/05/29 03:40
The mobile application seems to lack the ability to bulk/multiple delete both Phone Call History and Text Messages. Both require hoops of going into each item then selecting the 3 dots and THEN you change choose to delete. Now do that for each individual Caller and Text Message conversation. For me this is a big deal, I’m not a Call/Text hoarder. I like to keep some for a while and then after a while of no more interaction, I like to go in and delete in bulk. So can you please consider adding it back. I’ll keep waiting for that feature add. If I’m missing it, please let me know. I’ll gladly update this review to 5 stars. Thanks!!!
Half of my calls never ring the phone
by Nemonocerater on 2018/02/19 17:33
I have been using Voice for 3 years. I’ve ignored this at times because the text messaging is great and constantly improved, so I assumed that calls would be at some point too. I very often am sitting right next to my phone and get an email saying I have a voice mail and a missed call. The phone never rang. I was available to pick it up if it had rung. When I need to schedule stuff with people who have lots of meetings and calls I can’t afford to play voice message pong. Google voice allows me to give out a consistent number that I can use across devices and as I change SIM cards in foreign countries, so I hope to continue using it. But, if I can’t even accept incoming calls I can’t continue trusting this service.
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