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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).
Decent
by Brutus_The_Abyssinian on 2020/07/11 18:43
Probably tracks you
Can’t see messages during a call
by Iraghib on 2020/07/10 17:35
I love this app. But one thing that irritates me is that while doing a call through the app and I receive a text there isn’t a way to see the message. I make calls and receive text from within the app itself. I wish there was a way to switch to the messages mode from within the ongoing call screen.
Just crashes upon open
by Uhtred of Bebbanburgh on 2020/07/10 11:28
Mine hasn’t worked for about a month ever since I mistakenly updated the app. It just immediately crashes upon open. I’m on iPhone XR
Privacy boost
by Chelz_Bellz on 2020/07/09 23:29
Great for online dating since you never really know who you’re giving your number to. Especially if the google number isn’t linked to anything else (i.e. social media) so they can’t search you with your information. Only thing is emojis do not register through test messages. I can receive emojis, but can’t send them.
Only one problem
by A man with a request on 2020/07/09 18:47
The only problem I have with the app is that I cannot send videos to my friends if I could send videos it would be an easy 5 stars
Calls crash way too often
by Dsteddd on 2020/07/09 17:17
Every day multiple times a day, the app simply crashes when trying to make an outgoing call.
Disappointed
by Gianniallday on 2020/07/07 17:10
I tried putting my are code number and it didn’t allow to to a normal looking number.Then it didn’t even allow me to select a number after trying to find my area code number cause everything I typed would say me results.I honestly wasn’t expecting this app to be so complicated I was told by a friend to try it out I clear to me it’s an app that could use some work.
Old app in need of a refresh/update
by Ellimister2 on 2020/07/07 14:00
Old app in need of a refresh/update
Videos
by rockthemusic on 2020/07/03 13:13
We can have videos sent to the number but we cannot send. This would push you to 5 stars for me
Constant feedback requests
by Zsnell on 2020/07/02 20:13
Harasses you for feedback and information after EVERY call. Extremely inconvenient.
This was a great app at one time!!
by Schmuck one on 2020/07/02 12:38
The reason I no longer use Google Voice is because it constantly crashes. Both my Apple devices are fairly new with the latest OS. I can send pictures with texts but never receive pictures sent to me. Your app has had these known bugs for quite some time, seems you want to lose people that use to use this app often.
cant add credit from app
by Ali7971 on 2020/07/02 03:45
cant add credit like viber and other apps through apple pay to make international calls
Not what i thought...please change
by DragonFruit317 on 2020/07/01 17:43
I do not have a phone so I was going to use this app to get a phone number so I can text my friends but you need a phone number to get another one? I understand this but I don’t have a phone so how am I gonna use this app?
Dark mode
by Elgangan on 2020/07/01 05:23
Dark mode IOS??????????????????
Dark mode
by iam_efeoghene on 2020/07/01 01:21
I think you should add a dark mode feature, that’s gonna be cool
Needs a way to quickly delete items
by GE7771 on 2020/06/30 19:57
Pro: allows you to quickly and easily access google voice text messages and voice mail and reply to texts. Con: it’s as if the app is purposely designed to make it very annoying to delete text messages and voice mails. Archiving items is quick and simple, but deleting a text or voice mail is a 4 click process with delays and screen changes. There should be a way to mass delete a large number of text messages and voice mails, but instead you have to go through the 4 step process with each one which is ridiculous in this day and age. I think the developers did this on purpose so people would choose to archive instead of delete.
Terrible
by T Camil on 2020/06/30 12:06
DO NOT DOWNLOAD UNLESS, you plan to keep forever. Cannot delete or attach from phone number or email.
Great
by Dallas6934Jay on 2020/06/30 01:48
Works great and not like other apps that make you do stuff to get credits and show bunch of ads and or hang up on you all the time it’s a good app all around
My phone wasn’t ringing through the web!!!
by Rodelene on 2020/06/30 00:36
I have tried everything but every time I dialed my Google voice number it does not ring through the web!!! This was so frustrating for I was looking forward in using this.
Texting Is Impossible
by Razputen on 2020/06/30 00:14
Most of my use for this is to text from my google voice number. It used to be fine however it has as of lately become unbearable. It freezes every 2-3 seconds while texting making it impossible to send a message. Please fix this bug. I am using an iPhone XS.
Straight to Voicemail
by Not a wb on 2020/06/29 20:53
Let me start by saying Google Voice is by far one of the best creations ever to come out of Google. Recently though, calls have begun to go straight to voicemail without a ring, call waiting beep, or whisper to suggest someone is calling. I would happily pay for gVoice and probably will when the integration and number transfer has all of the bugs worked out. In the interim, please help.
Update
by 96slt on 2020/06/29 02:01
Please redo last update....I can NO LONGER send any photos!!! So disappointing!!
WHY CANT I DELETE PEOPLE I DONT WANT ANYMORE
by Kashshapti on 2020/06/28 19:00
This app is good except you cant Delete anything or anyone you dont want anymore. You are stuck looking at a contact you dont want to see....FIX THIS ISSUE GOOGLE PLEASE!!!
Good overall but not for international cell phone
by supportwolfpac on 2020/06/27 22:30
Google voice is good overall but when calling an international cell phone the call often drops or starts repeating the conversation like a recording in under a min of the call.
Dark Mode!!!
by Charles Ahlstrom on 2020/06/27 15:36
Please add a Dark Mode!!! Please please please! I use GV to keep my business line separate from my personal line, and I LOVE IT! It’s a 5 star solution for that, however... my whole phone has dark mode, but when I open Google Voice it’s impossibly bright as the “white mode” is the only option. YouTube has DARK MODE, the official Gmail app has it as well... why not GV? Please please please... add dark mode to Google Voice, and the rest of the google product lines!
It does what I want it to do
by TiggerBoiNC on 2020/06/27 02:37
I’ve been using GV for a few years now. I give out my GV number to dates and co workers. Only close friends & family have my actual number. The calls are great quality most of the time. Like all apps, GV does crash, I just force close it, wait a few seconds and bring it back up. What I would like to see in upcoming updates, is to make a different audio sounds for text messages and incoming calls. If there is a setting for this, I can’t find it.
What happen to deleting multiple messages??
by koa1aboi on 2020/06/26 14:40
My only option is to archive when selecting multiple messages. And when I go to archives, my only option is to restore. I know I can still open a message and delete one at a time. But how then you delete multiple messages? Pls fix!
Almost there, please keep updating
by fOBIA82 on 2020/06/25 12:54
Useful app, just needs some more optimization on iOS. Please add features like swipe to delete
Great New Business Release!
by FilMatt64 on 2020/06/24 18:30
Loving the new Google Voice for business. Much preferred over Dialpad, Telzio, Mighty all, or Grasshopper... Yes, I have tried them all! Thanks Google Team!
Hacked
by j$k$ on 2020/06/24 12:26
Someone have google voice acct with my number
Can’t access Any Accounts
by Zoya_Doll on 2020/06/23 19:40
I have used 3 different accounts and phone numbers to sign up and every time it locks me out of it and keeps looping me to put in a new number!!! Why can’t I use my account?!?! This has been going on for months now!
Wish I could use it
by MaxRide13 on 2020/06/22 04:47
Stupid thing won’t let me submit my phone number and won’t tell me why I can’t use my number so now the entire app is useless because I don’t have an alternate number to put in
Haha
by rxie5625 on 2020/06/21 15:23
That was gr8
Availability
by sa1dalee on 2020/06/20 13:05
When it will be available in Uzbekistan
Business account phone
by Langelino790 on 2020/06/19 18:28
I pay for the business line from google business suite apps. I delete and reinstall at least 3 times a day because it freezes after the phone rings 3 times goes dead air then doesn’t disconnect so you either have to restart your phone or delete the app. Restart takes to long delete and reinstall is much quicker
Using GV for 6yrs, still works good!
by Kesha weathers on 2020/06/18 23:28
Got my GV # in 2014 for biz and have only had one issue. A couple of yrs ago google froze my account because of non-verification. It took a couple of weeks to get number restored. Other than that, it’s been a great app!
I guess everything has a short lifespan
by femfusion on 2020/06/18 16:39
The app worked great for about a year but now starting working again after this isolation and it’s completely shut me out. The message of “sorry something went wrong. Try again later” keeps pooping up! I did not want to have to use my personal number for work so this was a nice alternative as a business line but not anymore
Great, but...
by Get rid of views on 2020/06/17 20:09
The app is user friendly, though I wish there was more ways to deliver attachments. The only thing offered is sending photos through the messaging system. If videos could be sent that would be great.
GV not working April 5 2020
by Fruhs Trated on 2020/06/17 14:16
I haven’t been able to send texts or receive calls for 12 hours now! What’s going on with GV app????? It is now June 2020 app still dysfuntionally inoperable! Google you are WHACK! SMH
Select another app
by LawMG on 2020/06/16 21:59
I used the app once and everything was great. The next day it stopped working.
It used to be okay
by Gaphell on 2020/06/16 00:09
I never write reviews. I am hoping someone on the software team reads this and fixes it. 1) Phone does not ring when is not being actively being used. If the phone is off, I only missed call notification. 2) I can’t connect my own number to my google phone. 3) Every call drops or doesn’t connect. This app was pretty good before but now I can’t call people. Please fix it bug and my review will definitely change 👍
Can use WiFi with iOS device
by mijares619 on 2020/06/14 01:26
The app won’t let me place WiFi calls with my iOS device only android phones
Exactly what I need
by Iconbg on 2020/06/13 22:28
I am working remotely and I am contacting people all day. I don’t want them to have my cell number so this is perfect.
awesome
by catching zzz on 2020/06/13 16:51
5 star
Horrible
by ..4682b on 2020/06/12 23:47
I launched the app to find all my texts and calls gone! And now it’s asking to assign me a new number!
Great but buggy
by JuicyTurk on 2020/06/12 18:02
Like many other Google products, this is great when it works properly. Filled with bugs (faulty notifications, call issues)
Frustrating
by JohnZg13254533 on 2020/06/12 03:48
I get a message that I need to update. Another message..no update possible. What's the deal? Still the same nonsense.
Features are awful
by Doireallyneedanickname1 on 2020/06/11 03:34
I don’t understand why you’re blocked from looking at your phone while on a call or why you can’t mute individual or group messages. The only way I can turn off notifications is for the entire app, which then renders the app useless.
Number change
by obamaonrepeat on 2020/06/10 04:13
It doesn’t allowed you to change the number, takes you back to recent call logs, I want to pay for a new number but it doesn’t even allow me to do that , what the issue !!!
Google doesn’t help you correct a mistake
by donewgoogle on 2020/06/09 18:48
I accidentally deleted. Google Voice,,, it will not allow me to get it back. Google caught an attitude.. once you delete it accident or not...... it’s done with you don’t get a second chance shame
Delete
by nutella_98 on 2020/06/09 11:54
It still takes 4 taps to delete a call in the history list. In 2020 this is unacceptable.
Need that dark mode
by Chairwulf on 2020/06/08 10:11
Give it to me. I’ll give you that fifth star when you do.
Unable to sign in
by james sherrel on 2020/06/08 06:09
I’m finding it so difficult to message always send failed I deleted the application redownloaded it still the same later something went wrong I can’t even sign in anymore What really wrong please and I have important messages on it
No me funciona...
by malo malo no lo descarguen on 2020/06/08 01:42
No funciona intento buscar un número y me dice error
Sending images is broken
by cnicole1919 on 2020/06/07 22:04
Sending images has broken since the last update
Unusable
by fl_aligator on 2020/06/06 22:13
It’s hard to believe this came from Google. Trying to use it on my iPhone and it fails in almost any aspect. Try rewinding voice messages while they are playing- fail! Try changing speaker (internal, Bluetooth) - May work or may not work - mostly doesn’t and requires fiddling. What a garbage app, sorry Google!
Can’t retrieve Voicemails
by this is a scam google on 2020/06/06 19:23
Worked great for a few months and then I couldn’t retrieve voice mail messages. That’s all Im using it for as I do booths at fairs and do not want my personal number given to hundreds. Also great for screening calls as whether crank or creepy. It does no good when I can’t get messages.
Biz Line
by mel340 on 2020/06/05 23:53
I use this app to forward my biz calls to my personal phone. Works pretty well most of the time, not great on speech recognition when translating a voice mail. Would love an option to use a unique ringer assigned to incoming Google voice phone calls.
I can't SMS here
by estoughton on 2020/06/05 05:14
Why can't I SMS here? Why do you have this app and the Google Hangouts app? And so many other apps that nearly do the same thing.
So many spam texts
by This is my nickname. Okay? on 2020/06/03 16:23
This is a good app that I liked for posting numbers online for Craigslist/renting. I’m hit daily, sometimes multiple times over, by scam and spam texts. The filter needs to be better somehow.
Not receiving calls
by inmessage2 on 2020/06/03 08:45
I downloaded google voice I already had an account with Google voice signed in on my Android I’m currently calling and receiving calls with my android device I tried logging out of my android device, placed a call it didn't ring on my iPhone please fix this problem I’m having a hard time using G-voice on my iPhone
Help (Please Read me)
by Zoe66756 on 2020/06/01 20:26
Can you make sure that kids can log in please.
So many hangups
by Avrbabe on 2020/05/30 19:21
I've been a long time Google supporter to find out that my iPod is no longer compatible to Google Voice is just not acceptable
Conference option
by suri593468 on 2020/05/30 16:52
Why is the conference call option disabled in the new update. Please bring that conferencing feature back
Terrible
by takurose95 on 2020/05/29 10:39
This app is freakishly horrible. Please don't waste your money and time. I use this app to call International. I recharged $50 to call for an emergency and keep saying ”we could not complete your call, please try again” what??? Is this crazy? I did everything to turn off my phone to uninstall and install the app multiple times. I need to call my bank to get my freaking money back. What a horrible app. Google should be better. And I tried to fix all the settings. It's an emergency man! I wish I couldn't give even one star. I'm very mad!
Can’t get a new number
by RockinWarrior on 2020/05/28 12:10
I disconnected my number from Google Voice MONTHS ago & now I can’t get a new number because each number can only be used to verify once. I can’t recovery the number either because it has been MONTHS.
This App Is No Longer Shared With You...Buy it from the App Store!
by King Matty Ratty on 2020/05/27 15:41
I keep getting the following error message: “ This App Is No Longer Shared With You...Buy it from the App Store!” Just great. I need this right now because I don’t want clients to have my personal cell as I work from home. Sub par programmers strike again.
Great app, but cannot to share links
by FinanceGender on 2020/05/27 06:31
With Google hangouts and all the other apps that I use, I can share a link to the app and the. Send it to someone. With Google Voice you have to copy the link and then paste it into the message via the Google Voice app. An extra step that can be avoided.
keep getting an error that this app is no longer shared with me
by Cristie nick name on 2020/05/26 18:43
error: keep getting an error that this app is no longer shared with me
So much possibility.
by Darian311 on 2020/05/26 15:42
I just want to dial a number and it's requiring me too add my sim card number. Why would you make this app less capable than Hangouts? Also why is the volume always weaker than other apps?
View Google Voice in App Store
by LMJ Solutions on 2020/05/25 18:44
It keep Google Voice keep telling me to go to view in App Store??!! I reinstalled the app. So far so good
Reveals real number
by oflovelyb on 2020/05/25 13:13
Would have given it 5 but it send people to your voicemail and reveals your real number 🤷🏽‍♀️
Contacts broke 2 updates ago
by TechnoWhopperWithCheese on 2020/05/25 12:15
Google contacts from the same account no longer show in Voice, nor can one be added from Voice (it keeps asking me to sync with my phone contacts, which I DO NOT WANT AND WILL NEVER WANT. I let Google know immediately, but they still released another update without fixing it. I don’t want ALL of my contacts to show in Voice—only my Google contacts. THIS IS THE WHOLE REASON I HAVE A VOICE ACCOUNT—TO SEPARATE ONE BUSINESS FROM ANOTHER. How do those at Google not get that? Beyond me. But this is some classic Google BS. Hey it’s free so I can’t complain right? DON’T GET PEOPLE HOOKED ON THIS STUFF THEN DO SOMETHING LIKE DISABLE CONTACT SYNCING AFTER THE FACT. It didn’t do this before said update. This does feel like either Apple or Google is TRYING to make life harder because I’m using the other’s product. Get TF over yourselves, you incredibly arrogant companies! You exist for US! Not the other way around. Oh and if I enter a contact into the Google Voice app, it disappears into the ether, never to be seen again on any site or interface. It’s so stupid it seems like a mistake, but multiple updates later, I’m thinking they’ve got to be doing this on purpose.
I can’t add a other account.
by LOlslwwkwkKkskwkwqkama on 2020/05/25 07:47
I have been verifying my account like 10 times and it doesn’t add to manage accounts. Help?
Love it but.....
by Robbis on 2020/05/25 04:29
Sometimes it hangs and the notifications you have to exit the text message then go back into read it to clear the bold notification
Still great app!
by hikerspath on 2020/05/25 01:44
I have used google voice since it’s grandcentral days. Still awesome and second to none for SMS active VoIP with a local number. One idea for future, is being able to not only send images, but videos too!!
Still works great
by rjvb on 2020/05/24 22:56
I’ve used Google Voice in iOS for years. There is a learning curve. Configuring the options on the website matters. Once setup right, it has worked for me with high reliability. The transcriptions of voicemail sent by email are very handy.
Works great but.......
by Crys0830 on 2020/05/24 17:19
I love the fact that I can have another number attached to my phone for business but I would love to be able to tell when I’m getting a call via GV. Please fix this bc that’s kind of the point for having the 2nd line. Or at least provide a different ringtone to alert calls coming in via GV. Thanks.
Night mode?
by Hyp321 on 2020/05/23 05:01
I’ve been using this app for years. Has worked great with minor issues/glitches from time to time(app freezing or closing on its own). Will the UI ever catch up to IOS standards and include night mode? And better video message support.
ABANDONWARE! WORRIED THIS IS ABOUT TO BE DISCONTINUED
by JesusBenNazareth on 2020/05/22 21:46
5/2020 I can’t even search for a call, text or vmail to or from a partial or full phone number ?!? Jul 2019: Please make it easier to google the phone # of a current or recent incoming call!! It takes ~a dozen confusing clicks currently! Why can't I set a default phone like I can when using the web-based app? ... call with Hangouts. Makes hard to use iPad as a phone! :-( 2018: This is perhaps my most used app. Arrgh!! More recently the app frequently crashes as I'm entering a text message! 😡 both on the phone I have running iOS 10 and the one running iOS 11. Arrgh!! Recently the app frequently requires I reconfigure it when I launch it. Update: I think they fixed that in around January 2018. See this note on the google play store app, re. Talkatone. Is this going to impact this Google Voice app too? I'm WORRIED. SPECIAL NOTE TO EXISTING TALKATONE FOR GOOGLE VOICE USERS: Talkatone will continue to support Google Voice users until May 15, 2014. After May 15, 2014 Talkatone users will no longer be able to access Google Voice through Talkatone because Google is discontinuing third party access to Google Voice on that date.
App is crashing??
by Hagdog88 on 2020/05/22 19:10
My Google Voice app won’t let me open it. It keeps telling me to go to the App Store and buy it but the App Store says I already have it. What’s going on?
UPDATE
by JARAAC on 2020/05/22 17:48
The app was great until I updated the app. Now every time I try to use it it kicks me out and says I have to buy it after having it for 2 months. And even then there’s no cost when I attempt to buy it.
Please add Favorites tab
by Good Apppp!!! on 2020/05/22 12:48
Please add Favorites tab
Audio quality is horrible
by twlbtyhs on 2020/05/21 18:56
My friends comments my voice is choppy and flat. I called them back on Facetime and got much better audio quality. Just don't know why.
Worked great for the first month
by worst item ever on 2020/05/19 20:47
After a month it wouldn’t allow me to call or text
So buggy
by Blogwriter on 2020/05/18 23:50
It gets the job done, but the notifications are so buggy. It drives me nuts.
Make night mode!
by SCFLPT on 2020/05/18 23:16
Please! Would be perfect with night mode. Too bright.
Great idea, horrible execution
by WickedWeiland on 2020/05/18 21:45
I got this app to have a second phone number for work. It lacks basic features that GOOGLE of all companies should expect such as sending pics through text message. Not to mention how glitchy the app is in general. Very unstable. I prefer if because I can print my text messages and phone records through takeout which is why I continue to use it even though the struggle is real. Google! Please fix the rudimentary issues behind the scenes and then update to the 20th century with features.
No support for malfunctions
by Lady of Plantagenet reign on 2020/05/18 20:49
I like having the alternate number. Wish I could have another one too. Don’t like the screening on incoming calls. Can no longer attach pics to messages. Not acceptable at all. No support.
I can’t mute messages!
by Jasondelrosario on 2020/05/17 22:49
I can’t block myself from group messages, or mute them! iMessage has more desirable features than using SMS or MMS from a Google Voice number!
Bad app
by christopher8412 on 2020/05/17 16:28
I can’t forward any of my calls. This app is completely useless. They have already reassigned my gv #. And they won’t reassign me a new one. I really needed this app and it has left me completely frustrated and angry . There is currently no IT that can help me get a number to work for my phone
nice!!!
by sanci- on 2020/05/17 14:57
Very good!👍
Can't send vids or audio messages
by €GalaxyPlaya€ on 2020/05/16 08:52
I can't send audio messages, videos or change the name contacts😒 it kinda bugs me
Needs a dark mode setting
by TRENTKHR on 2020/05/15 21:10
Add dark mode and this app would look a lot better.
Great app
by Chidinmad1st on 2020/05/15 02:02
Been on this app for years, but I really wish you guys could activate dark mode cause it’ll be awesome.
Surprisingly Flawed
by Dis Graced on 2020/05/14 15:31
I’m surprised at how flawed this app is. Waaay too many glitches and issues for it to come from Google. Oh well.
Where is it
by Mask Queen on 2020/05/13 11:01
Since you put Google voice on my iPad, I have looked for it and can’t find it. Did you hide it in one of your other apps.
It’s free but
by hdidjdnsoskgjspsk on 2020/05/13 10:34
Does not reliably send MMS. Am I allowed to complain about robocalls here?
Can’t hear me
by flamingo pete on 2020/05/12 22:59
Some times the people I call can’t hear me but when I call with my regular number that can. Please fix
Almost exactly what I need
by Gnlgates on 2020/02/22 20:37
I needed an alternate number to post on Craigslist and also need to record calls for clients that will be using the alternate number. Lastly I need to send them a copy of the recording under the masked number. I can’t use a second app for this so it has to be all in one app since all the apps require calling a service carrier number. I’m pretty sure this will work but it took some figuring out. Callers will be forced to call me if they want it recorded since this app only allows recording of incoming calls. That’s not convenient for my business, I am a psychic medium student, people generally want their mediumship readings. Also the only way I can see to send them the audio file is by listening to it, copying the web link, and sending the address to them in a text under my alternate number within the app. If I don’t do it this way then I’m giving out my personal email or phone to strangers. Both a little inconvenient but I’m sure I can get it to work this way. Would be nice to have the option to record outgoing calls as well have the recordings in the app to forward via text when done with the call. I like they come in email but both would be better and much more ideal. In the end I’m happy I found something that is free and I can get to work for my purpose and I hope they’ll consider these upgrades in the future.
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!!
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!
Great in theory, so-so in practice
by Coco3102 on 2020/02/23 13:34
I love the idea of having a second phone number that’s separate from my mobile but accessible on it. I’ve used Voice for years for all kinds of things that I want to keep one step away from my “private” number. In the last couple of years, though, I’ve found it periodically stops working with iOS. I have no idea if this is Google’s fault or if it’s something Apple does in its updates, but I hit these patches where I can’t get it to ring through the app or through call forwarding if I delete the app. I do all the suggested fixes online, and it still might or might not work. I just have to wait for an update. I’ve missed a couple of important calls this was and have to say I don’t think I can rely on it for everything anymore. I’ll still use it for things like making calls through my laptop (great for conference calls - the sound seems to be much better than speakerphone), but I can’t recommend this for anything really important if this issue keeps happening.
Contacts broke 2 updates ago
by TechnoWhopperWithCheese on 2020/05/25 12:15
Google contacts from the same account no longer show in Voice, nor can one be added from Voice (it keeps asking me to sync with my phone contacts, which I DO NOT WANT AND WILL NEVER WANT. I let Google know immediately, but they still released another update without fixing it. I don’t want ALL of my contacts to show in Voice—only my Google contacts. THIS IS THE WHOLE REASON I HAVE A VOICE ACCOUNT—TO SEPARATE ONE BUSINESS FROM ANOTHER. How do those at Google not get that? Beyond me. But this is some classic Google BS. Hey it’s free so I can’t complain right? DON’T GET PEOPLE HOOKED ON THIS STUFF THEN DO SOMETHING LIKE DISABLE CONTACT SYNCING AFTER THE FACT. It didn’t do this before said update. This does feel like either Apple or Google is TRYING to make life harder because I’m using the other’s product. Get TF over yourselves, you incredibly arrogant companies! You exist for US! Not the other way around. Oh and if I enter a contact into the Google Voice app, it disappears into the ether, never to be seen again on any site or interface. It’s so stupid it seems like a mistake, but multiple updates later, I’m thinking they’ve got to be doing this on purpose.
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.
Favorites gone ?
by ashwinks on 2019/10/03 00:34
Update Oct 2, 2019: Are there any plans to implement feature for favorites? Many, if not most, use the app from the car, and it’s difficult to browse the contacts or call history... ———————————————— 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.
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!!
Can’t stay on call if phone screen is asleep...
by tevin on 2019/09/30 20:08
I have been using Google voice for years, and although it has never been perfect, I have at least always been able to make phone calls from my Google number. The new format (where it calls entirely from the Google voice app instead of through the phone app on my phone) is absolutely horrible compared to the old method. I was just on hold for 40 minutes and my phone screen goes to sleep and it disconnected the call. You should still be able to put the phone to sleep and have your call stay connected, like with any other phone call you make. Sometimes too on the new calling screen I cannot use any other apps or go on speakerphone unless I have google voice pulled up on the screen. This makes the phone basically useless if I am trying to also refer to other information-through an email for example. Please fix! Thanks!
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. 👍👍
Incoming call notifications
by coffeegeekmn on 2020/03/04 16:25
I have the latest version of Google Voice and iOS 13 on my iPhone. The app used to show me incoming calls to my iPhone were being routed via Google Voice along with the incoming phone numbers caller id info. Not anymore. Now all calls coming through Google voice appear to be a regular incoming phone call to my personal iOS device. I don’t answer unknown incoming phone calls to my personal number as nearly every one is a robocall. However, I always answer every phone call coming into my Google Voice number. I haven’t been answering a lot of legitimate Google Voice incoming calls over the past month or so because my phone no longer shows it’s coming in through Google Voice - it looks like a regular phone call coming into my personal iOS device. I am not sure what happened. It used to work great but not anymore. The only solution I can think is to have incoming google voice calls show my google voice number as the one calling my phone. I used to do that but it’s nice knowing who is calling you so I switched it around a few years ago when I realized the phone showed it was an incoming google voice call. Back to the way I had it set up many years ago until this gets fixed. I am not sure if it’s a Google thing or an iOS thing but it’s annoying.
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.
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
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.
Really Good. Not Perfect.
by Social Dropout on 2020/02/15 17:52
This app is great as a second number. I’ve used it for years on and off. I tried using it as a primary number but found that it’s lacking in some respects. One thing that I find annoying is that I can’t access or send texts while I’m on a call. There have been a few times that I need to send a message or refer to one while on a call but couldn’t access them. You either need to hang the call up or hope the call doesn’t run long. The other issue is if you hit the power button to shut your screen off, it will cut off your call. If I’m on a call and I’m using a headset I often shut my screen off so I’m not consuming additional battery life or accidentally hitting an on-screen button. With Voice you have to leave the screen on the entire time you’re on a call.
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
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.
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...
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.
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.
Generous & Selfish
by Kimberlytopia on 2019/12/05 22:30
Love Google Voice. Liked the older version app that I ran on iOS 6.1.6 the best. Yup! Old. I liked the "Click to Call" feature that allowed forwarding to any of your listed numbers instead of insisting to ONLY call the listed cell phone number. The App on my current iOS did not have this feature but still functional up until today. Google wants me to update. To what? I am fully up-to-date at 9.3.6. Yup! Old. Still, like Google Voice & the generous features available, but irritated can no longer use on my older operating system. That is why I gave the Google Voice app a 1 Star / One Star: selfish. Google app developers could have just left a perfectly good working app alone for those of us with older OS and not defunct it because the device is as up-to-date with its iOS that it is gonna get. 😤 Don't laugh. It may very well one day happen to you. 🙈🙉🙊 😉
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.
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!
Please fix “do not disturb”!
by 510DustMite on 2019/12/20 00:31
“Do not disturb“ does not mean “don’t tell me when people call, but tell me when they leave a message“. I’m not exactly sure who would want that feature, but that seems to be how Google interprets “do not disturb“. For those of us who use a Google Voice account for our work phone and want to disable that at home, this makes for a very frustrating feature set. I have to go into the full iPhone settings and notifications in order to fully disable voicemail notifications, which consequently disables notifications for all Google voice accounts. Would definitely rather simply flip that switch when I leave work. Please fix this feature, apart from this, this app has come along way, but I find this very frustrating. Thank you.
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.
Great for this teacher
by MakingProgressEveryday on 2020/05/04 12:31
Using Google Voice in order to contact parents when I’m not at school but without them having access to my personal cell phone number is a huge help. I also like being able to text parents from my laptop both at work and at home. The only drawback to this app is that I allowed it access to my contacts, didn’t even realize I did that, and so when I go to use Siri it often offers me phone numbers of parents. I would like to have my personal contacts completely separate from this app as I would never use Google Voice to call anyone on my personal list. It’s just for school!
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.
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
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.
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.
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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).
Decent
by Brutus_The_Abyssinian on 2020/07/11 18:43
Probably tracks you
Can’t see messages during a call
by Iraghib on 2020/07/10 17:35
I love this app. But one thing that irritates me is that while doing a call through the app and I receive a text there isn’t a way to see the message. I make calls and receive text from within the app itself. I wish there was a way to switch to the messages mode from within the ongoing call screen.
Just crashes upon open
by Uhtred of Bebbanburgh on 2020/07/10 11:28
Mine hasn’t worked for about a month ever since I mistakenly updated the app. It just immediately crashes upon open. I’m on iPhone XR
Privacy boost
by Chelz_Bellz on 2020/07/09 23:29
Great for online dating since you never really know who you’re giving your number to. Especially if the google number isn’t linked to anything else (i.e. social media) so they can’t search you with your information. Only thing is emojis do not register through test messages. I can receive emojis, but can’t send them.
Only one problem
by A man with a request on 2020/07/09 18:47
The only problem I have with the app is that I cannot send videos to my friends if I could send videos it would be an easy 5 stars
Calls crash way too often
by Dsteddd on 2020/07/09 17:17
Every day multiple times a day, the app simply crashes when trying to make an outgoing call.
Disappointed
by Gianniallday on 2020/07/07 17:10
I tried putting my are code number and it didn’t allow to to a normal looking number.Then it didn’t even allow me to select a number after trying to find my area code number cause everything I typed would say me results.I honestly wasn’t expecting this app to be so complicated I was told by a friend to try it out I clear to me it’s an app that could use some work.
Old app in need of a refresh/update
by Ellimister2 on 2020/07/07 14:00
Old app in need of a refresh/update
Videos
by rockthemusic on 2020/07/03 13:13
We can have videos sent to the number but we cannot send. This would push you to 5 stars for me
Constant feedback requests
by Zsnell on 2020/07/02 20:13
Harasses you for feedback and information after EVERY call. Extremely inconvenient.
This was a great app at one time!!
by Schmuck one on 2020/07/02 12:38
The reason I no longer use Google Voice is because it constantly crashes. Both my Apple devices are fairly new with the latest OS. I can send pictures with texts but never receive pictures sent to me. Your app has had these known bugs for quite some time, seems you want to lose people that use to use this app often.
cant add credit from app
by Ali7971 on 2020/07/02 03:45
cant add credit like viber and other apps through apple pay to make international calls
Not what i thought...please change
by DragonFruit317 on 2020/07/01 17:43
I do not have a phone so I was going to use this app to get a phone number so I can text my friends but you need a phone number to get another one? I understand this but I don’t have a phone so how am I gonna use this app?
Dark mode
by Elgangan on 2020/07/01 05:23
Dark mode IOS??????????????????
Dark mode
by iam_efeoghene on 2020/07/01 01:21
I think you should add a dark mode feature, that’s gonna be cool
Needs a way to quickly delete items
by GE7771 on 2020/06/30 19:57
Pro: allows you to quickly and easily access google voice text messages and voice mail and reply to texts. Con: it’s as if the app is purposely designed to make it very annoying to delete text messages and voice mails. Archiving items is quick and simple, but deleting a text or voice mail is a 4 click process with delays and screen changes. There should be a way to mass delete a large number of text messages and voice mails, but instead you have to go through the 4 step process with each one which is ridiculous in this day and age. I think the developers did this on purpose so people would choose to archive instead of delete.
Terrible
by T Camil on 2020/06/30 12:06
DO NOT DOWNLOAD UNLESS, you plan to keep forever. Cannot delete or attach from phone number or email.
Great
by Dallas6934Jay on 2020/06/30 01:48
Works great and not like other apps that make you do stuff to get credits and show bunch of ads and or hang up on you all the time it’s a good app all around
My phone wasn’t ringing through the web!!!
by Rodelene on 2020/06/30 00:36
I have tried everything but every time I dialed my Google voice number it does not ring through the web!!! This was so frustrating for I was looking forward in using this.
Texting Is Impossible
by Razputen on 2020/06/30 00:14
Most of my use for this is to text from my google voice number. It used to be fine however it has as of lately become unbearable. It freezes every 2-3 seconds while texting making it impossible to send a message. Please fix this bug. I am using an iPhone XS.
Straight to Voicemail
by Not a wb on 2020/06/29 20:53
Let me start by saying Google Voice is by far one of the best creations ever to come out of Google. Recently though, calls have begun to go straight to voicemail without a ring, call waiting beep, or whisper to suggest someone is calling. I would happily pay for gVoice and probably will when the integration and number transfer has all of the bugs worked out. In the interim, please help.
Update
by 96slt on 2020/06/29 02:01
Please redo last update....I can NO LONGER send any photos!!! So disappointing!!
WHY CANT I DELETE PEOPLE I DONT WANT ANYMORE
by Kashshapti on 2020/06/28 19:00
This app is good except you cant Delete anything or anyone you dont want anymore. You are stuck looking at a contact you dont want to see....FIX THIS ISSUE GOOGLE PLEASE!!!
Good overall but not for international cell phone
by supportwolfpac on 2020/06/27 22:30
Google voice is good overall but when calling an international cell phone the call often drops or starts repeating the conversation like a recording in under a min of the call.
Dark Mode!!!
by Charles Ahlstrom on 2020/06/27 15:36
Please add a Dark Mode!!! Please please please! I use GV to keep my business line separate from my personal line, and I LOVE IT! It’s a 5 star solution for that, however... my whole phone has dark mode, but when I open Google Voice it’s impossibly bright as the “white mode” is the only option. YouTube has DARK MODE, the official Gmail app has it as well... why not GV? Please please please... add dark mode to Google Voice, and the rest of the google product lines!
It does what I want it to do
by TiggerBoiNC on 2020/06/27 02:37
I’ve been using GV for a few years now. I give out my GV number to dates and co workers. Only close friends & family have my actual number. The calls are great quality most of the time. Like all apps, GV does crash, I just force close it, wait a few seconds and bring it back up. What I would like to see in upcoming updates, is to make a different audio sounds for text messages and incoming calls. If there is a setting for this, I can’t find it.
What happen to deleting multiple messages??
by koa1aboi on 2020/06/26 14:40
My only option is to archive when selecting multiple messages. And when I go to archives, my only option is to restore. I know I can still open a message and delete one at a time. But how then you delete multiple messages? Pls fix!
Almost there, please keep updating
by fOBIA82 on 2020/06/25 12:54
Useful app, just needs some more optimization on iOS. Please add features like swipe to delete
Great New Business Release!
by FilMatt64 on 2020/06/24 18:30
Loving the new Google Voice for business. Much preferred over Dialpad, Telzio, Mighty all, or Grasshopper... Yes, I have tried them all! Thanks Google Team!
Hacked
by j$k$ on 2020/06/24 12:26
Someone have google voice acct with my number
Can’t access Any Accounts
by Zoya_Doll on 2020/06/23 19:40
I have used 3 different accounts and phone numbers to sign up and every time it locks me out of it and keeps looping me to put in a new number!!! Why can’t I use my account?!?! This has been going on for months now!
Wish I could use it
by MaxRide13 on 2020/06/22 04:47
Stupid thing won’t let me submit my phone number and won’t tell me why I can’t use my number so now the entire app is useless because I don’t have an alternate number to put in
Haha
by rxie5625 on 2020/06/21 15:23
That was gr8
Availability
by sa1dalee on 2020/06/20 13:05
When it will be available in Uzbekistan
Business account phone
by Langelino790 on 2020/06/19 18:28
I pay for the business line from google business suite apps. I delete and reinstall at least 3 times a day because it freezes after the phone rings 3 times goes dead air then doesn’t disconnect so you either have to restart your phone or delete the app. Restart takes to long delete and reinstall is much quicker
Using GV for 6yrs, still works good!
by Kesha weathers on 2020/06/18 23:28
Got my GV # in 2014 for biz and have only had one issue. A couple of yrs ago google froze my account because of non-verification. It took a couple of weeks to get number restored. Other than that, it’s been a great app!
I guess everything has a short lifespan
by femfusion on 2020/06/18 16:39
The app worked great for about a year but now starting working again after this isolation and it’s completely shut me out. The message of “sorry something went wrong. Try again later” keeps pooping up! I did not want to have to use my personal number for work so this was a nice alternative as a business line but not anymore
Great, but...
by Get rid of views on 2020/06/17 20:09
The app is user friendly, though I wish there was more ways to deliver attachments. The only thing offered is sending photos through the messaging system. If videos could be sent that would be great.
GV not working April 5 2020
by Fruhs Trated on 2020/06/17 14:16
I haven’t been able to send texts or receive calls for 12 hours now! What’s going on with GV app????? It is now June 2020 app still dysfuntionally inoperable! Google you are WHACK! SMH
Select another app
by LawMG on 2020/06/16 21:59
I used the app once and everything was great. The next day it stopped working.
It used to be okay
by Gaphell on 2020/06/16 00:09
I never write reviews. I am hoping someone on the software team reads this and fixes it. 1) Phone does not ring when is not being actively being used. If the phone is off, I only missed call notification. 2) I can’t connect my own number to my google phone. 3) Every call drops or doesn’t connect. This app was pretty good before but now I can’t call people. Please fix it bug and my review will definitely change 👍
Can use WiFi with iOS device
by mijares619 on 2020/06/14 01:26
The app won’t let me place WiFi calls with my iOS device only android phones
Exactly what I need
by Iconbg on 2020/06/13 22:28
I am working remotely and I am contacting people all day. I don’t want them to have my cell number so this is perfect.
awesome
by catching zzz on 2020/06/13 16:51
5 star
Horrible
by ..4682b on 2020/06/12 23:47
I launched the app to find all my texts and calls gone! And now it’s asking to assign me a new number!
Great but buggy
by JuicyTurk on 2020/06/12 18:02
Like many other Google products, this is great when it works properly. Filled with bugs (faulty notifications, call issues)
Frustrating
by JohnZg13254533 on 2020/06/12 03:48
I get a message that I need to update. Another message..no update possible. What's the deal? Still the same nonsense.
Features are awful
by Doireallyneedanickname1 on 2020/06/11 03:34
I don’t understand why you’re blocked from looking at your phone while on a call or why you can’t mute individual or group messages. The only way I can turn off notifications is for the entire app, which then renders the app useless.
Number change
by obamaonrepeat on 2020/06/10 04:13
It doesn’t allowed you to change the number, takes you back to recent call logs, I want to pay for a new number but it doesn’t even allow me to do that , what the issue !!!
Google doesn’t help you correct a mistake
by donewgoogle on 2020/06/09 18:48
I accidentally deleted. Google Voice,,, it will not allow me to get it back. Google caught an attitude.. once you delete it accident or not...... it’s done with you don’t get a second chance shame
Delete
by nutella_98 on 2020/06/09 11:54
It still takes 4 taps to delete a call in the history list. In 2020 this is unacceptable.
Need that dark mode
by Chairwulf on 2020/06/08 10:11
Give it to me. I’ll give you that fifth star when you do.
Unable to sign in
by james sherrel on 2020/06/08 06:09
I’m finding it so difficult to message always send failed I deleted the application redownloaded it still the same later something went wrong I can’t even sign in anymore What really wrong please and I have important messages on it
No me funciona...
by malo malo no lo descarguen on 2020/06/08 01:42
No funciona intento buscar un número y me dice error
Sending images is broken
by cnicole1919 on 2020/06/07 22:04
Sending images has broken since the last update
Unusable
by fl_aligator on 2020/06/06 22:13
It’s hard to believe this came from Google. Trying to use it on my iPhone and it fails in almost any aspect. Try rewinding voice messages while they are playing- fail! Try changing speaker (internal, Bluetooth) - May work or may not work - mostly doesn’t and requires fiddling. What a garbage app, sorry Google!
Can’t retrieve Voicemails
by this is a scam google on 2020/06/06 19:23
Worked great for a few months and then I couldn’t retrieve voice mail messages. That’s all Im using it for as I do booths at fairs and do not want my personal number given to hundreds. Also great for screening calls as whether crank or creepy. It does no good when I can’t get messages.
Biz Line
by mel340 on 2020/06/05 23:53
I use this app to forward my biz calls to my personal phone. Works pretty well most of the time, not great on speech recognition when translating a voice mail. Would love an option to use a unique ringer assigned to incoming Google voice phone calls.
I can't SMS here
by estoughton on 2020/06/05 05:14
Why can't I SMS here? Why do you have this app and the Google Hangouts app? And so many other apps that nearly do the same thing.
So many spam texts
by This is my nickname. Okay? on 2020/06/03 16:23
This is a good app that I liked for posting numbers online for Craigslist/renting. I’m hit daily, sometimes multiple times over, by scam and spam texts. The filter needs to be better somehow.
Not receiving calls
by inmessage2 on 2020/06/03 08:45
I downloaded google voice I already had an account with Google voice signed in on my Android I’m currently calling and receiving calls with my android device I tried logging out of my android device, placed a call it didn't ring on my iPhone please fix this problem I’m having a hard time using G-voice on my iPhone
Help (Please Read me)
by Zoe66756 on 2020/06/01 20:26
Can you make sure that kids can log in please.
So many hangups
by Avrbabe on 2020/05/30 19:21
I've been a long time Google supporter to find out that my iPod is no longer compatible to Google Voice is just not acceptable
Conference option
by suri593468 on 2020/05/30 16:52
Why is the conference call option disabled in the new update. Please bring that conferencing feature back
Terrible
by takurose95 on 2020/05/29 10:39
This app is freakishly horrible. Please don't waste your money and time. I use this app to call International. I recharged $50 to call for an emergency and keep saying ”we could not complete your call, please try again” what??? Is this crazy? I did everything to turn off my phone to uninstall and install the app multiple times. I need to call my bank to get my freaking money back. What a horrible app. Google should be better. And I tried to fix all the settings. It's an emergency man! I wish I couldn't give even one star. I'm very mad!
Can’t get a new number
by RockinWarrior on 2020/05/28 12:10
I disconnected my number from Google Voice MONTHS ago & now I can’t get a new number because each number can only be used to verify once. I can’t recovery the number either because it has been MONTHS.
This App Is No Longer Shared With You...Buy it from the App Store!
by King Matty Ratty on 2020/05/27 15:41
I keep getting the following error message: “ This App Is No Longer Shared With You...Buy it from the App Store!” Just great. I need this right now because I don’t want clients to have my personal cell as I work from home. Sub par programmers strike again.
Great app, but cannot to share links
by FinanceGender on 2020/05/27 06:31
With Google hangouts and all the other apps that I use, I can share a link to the app and the. Send it to someone. With Google Voice you have to copy the link and then paste it into the message via the Google Voice app. An extra step that can be avoided.
keep getting an error that this app is no longer shared with me
by Cristie nick name on 2020/05/26 18:43
error: keep getting an error that this app is no longer shared with me
So much possibility.
by Darian311 on 2020/05/26 15:42
I just want to dial a number and it's requiring me too add my sim card number. Why would you make this app less capable than Hangouts? Also why is the volume always weaker than other apps?
View Google Voice in App Store
by LMJ Solutions on 2020/05/25 18:44
It keep Google Voice keep telling me to go to view in App Store??!! I reinstalled the app. So far so good
Reveals real number
by oflovelyb on 2020/05/25 13:13
Would have given it 5 but it send people to your voicemail and reveals your real number 🤷🏽‍♀️
Contacts broke 2 updates ago
by TechnoWhopperWithCheese on 2020/05/25 12:15
Google contacts from the same account no longer show in Voice, nor can one be added from Voice (it keeps asking me to sync with my phone contacts, which I DO NOT WANT AND WILL NEVER WANT. I let Google know immediately, but they still released another update without fixing it. I don’t want ALL of my contacts to show in Voice—only my Google contacts. THIS IS THE WHOLE REASON I HAVE A VOICE ACCOUNT—TO SEPARATE ONE BUSINESS FROM ANOTHER. How do those at Google not get that? Beyond me. But this is some classic Google BS. Hey it’s free so I can’t complain right? DON’T GET PEOPLE HOOKED ON THIS STUFF THEN DO SOMETHING LIKE DISABLE CONTACT SYNCING AFTER THE FACT. It didn’t do this before said update. This does feel like either Apple or Google is TRYING to make life harder because I’m using the other’s product. Get TF over yourselves, you incredibly arrogant companies! You exist for US! Not the other way around. Oh and if I enter a contact into the Google Voice app, it disappears into the ether, never to be seen again on any site or interface. It’s so stupid it seems like a mistake, but multiple updates later, I’m thinking they’ve got to be doing this on purpose.
I can’t add a other account.
by LOlslwwkwkKkskwkwqkama on 2020/05/25 07:47
I have been verifying my account like 10 times and it doesn’t add to manage accounts. Help?
Love it but.....
by Robbis on 2020/05/25 04:29
Sometimes it hangs and the notifications you have to exit the text message then go back into read it to clear the bold notification
Still great app!
by hikerspath on 2020/05/25 01:44
I have used google voice since it’s grandcentral days. Still awesome and second to none for SMS active VoIP with a local number. One idea for future, is being able to not only send images, but videos too!!
Still works great
by rjvb on 2020/05/24 22:56
I’ve used Google Voice in iOS for years. There is a learning curve. Configuring the options on the website matters. Once setup right, it has worked for me with high reliability. The transcriptions of voicemail sent by email are very handy.
Works great but.......
by Crys0830 on 2020/05/24 17:19
I love the fact that I can have another number attached to my phone for business but I would love to be able to tell when I’m getting a call via GV. Please fix this bc that’s kind of the point for having the 2nd line. Or at least provide a different ringtone to alert calls coming in via GV. Thanks.
Night mode?
by Hyp321 on 2020/05/23 05:01
I’ve been using this app for years. Has worked great with minor issues/glitches from time to time(app freezing or closing on its own). Will the UI ever catch up to IOS standards and include night mode? And better video message support.
ABANDONWARE! WORRIED THIS IS ABOUT TO BE DISCONTINUED
by JesusBenNazareth on 2020/05/22 21:46
5/2020 I can’t even search for a call, text or vmail to or from a partial or full phone number ?!? Jul 2019: Please make it easier to google the phone # of a current or recent incoming call!! It takes ~a dozen confusing clicks currently! Why can't I set a default phone like I can when using the web-based app? ... call with Hangouts. Makes hard to use iPad as a phone! :-( 2018: This is perhaps my most used app. Arrgh!! More recently the app frequently crashes as I'm entering a text message! 😡 both on the phone I have running iOS 10 and the one running iOS 11. Arrgh!! Recently the app frequently requires I reconfigure it when I launch it. Update: I think they fixed that in around January 2018. See this note on the google play store app, re. Talkatone. Is this going to impact this Google Voice app too? I'm WORRIED. SPECIAL NOTE TO EXISTING TALKATONE FOR GOOGLE VOICE USERS: Talkatone will continue to support Google Voice users until May 15, 2014. After May 15, 2014 Talkatone users will no longer be able to access Google Voice through Talkatone because Google is discontinuing third party access to Google Voice on that date.
App is crashing??
by Hagdog88 on 2020/05/22 19:10
My Google Voice app won’t let me open it. It keeps telling me to go to the App Store and buy it but the App Store says I already have it. What’s going on?
UPDATE
by JARAAC on 2020/05/22 17:48
The app was great until I updated the app. Now every time I try to use it it kicks me out and says I have to buy it after having it for 2 months. And even then there’s no cost when I attempt to buy it.
Please add Favorites tab
by Good Apppp!!! on 2020/05/22 12:48
Please add Favorites tab
Audio quality is horrible
by twlbtyhs on 2020/05/21 18:56
My friends comments my voice is choppy and flat. I called them back on Facetime and got much better audio quality. Just don't know why.
Worked great for the first month
by worst item ever on 2020/05/19 20:47
After a month it wouldn’t allow me to call or text
So buggy
by Blogwriter on 2020/05/18 23:50
It gets the job done, but the notifications are so buggy. It drives me nuts.
Make night mode!
by SCFLPT on 2020/05/18 23:16
Please! Would be perfect with night mode. Too bright.
Great idea, horrible execution
by WickedWeiland on 2020/05/18 21:45
I got this app to have a second phone number for work. It lacks basic features that GOOGLE of all companies should expect such as sending pics through text message. Not to mention how glitchy the app is in general. Very unstable. I prefer if because I can print my text messages and phone records through takeout which is why I continue to use it even though the struggle is real. Google! Please fix the rudimentary issues behind the scenes and then update to the 20th century with features.
No support for malfunctions
by Lady of Plantagenet reign on 2020/05/18 20:49
I like having the alternate number. Wish I could have another one too. Don’t like the screening on incoming calls. Can no longer attach pics to messages. Not acceptable at all. No support.
I can’t mute messages!
by Jasondelrosario on 2020/05/17 22:49
I can’t block myself from group messages, or mute them! iMessage has more desirable features than using SMS or MMS from a Google Voice number!
Bad app
by christopher8412 on 2020/05/17 16:28
I can’t forward any of my calls. This app is completely useless. They have already reassigned my gv #. And they won’t reassign me a new one. I really needed this app and it has left me completely frustrated and angry . There is currently no IT that can help me get a number to work for my phone
nice!!!
by sanci- on 2020/05/17 14:57
Very good!👍
Can't send vids or audio messages
by €GalaxyPlaya€ on 2020/05/16 08:52
I can't send audio messages, videos or change the name contacts😒 it kinda bugs me
Needs a dark mode setting
by TRENTKHR on 2020/05/15 21:10
Add dark mode and this app would look a lot better.
Great app
by Chidinmad1st on 2020/05/15 02:02
Been on this app for years, but I really wish you guys could activate dark mode cause it’ll be awesome.
Surprisingly Flawed
by Dis Graced on 2020/05/14 15:31
I’m surprised at how flawed this app is. Waaay too many glitches and issues for it to come from Google. Oh well.
Where is it
by Mask Queen on 2020/05/13 11:01
Since you put Google voice on my iPad, I have looked for it and can’t find it. Did you hide it in one of your other apps.
It’s free but
by hdidjdnsoskgjspsk on 2020/05/13 10:34
Does not reliably send MMS. Am I allowed to complain about robocalls here?
Can’t hear me
by flamingo pete on 2020/05/12 22:59
Some times the people I call can’t hear me but when I call with my regular number that can. Please fix
Almost exactly what I need
by Gnlgates on 2020/02/22 20:37
I needed an alternate number to post on Craigslist and also need to record calls for clients that will be using the alternate number. Lastly I need to send them a copy of the recording under the masked number. I can’t use a second app for this so it has to be all in one app since all the apps require calling a service carrier number. I’m pretty sure this will work but it took some figuring out. Callers will be forced to call me if they want it recorded since this app only allows recording of incoming calls. That’s not convenient for my business, I am a psychic medium student, people generally want their mediumship readings. Also the only way I can see to send them the audio file is by listening to it, copying the web link, and sending the address to them in a text under my alternate number within the app. If I don’t do it this way then I’m giving out my personal email or phone to strangers. Both a little inconvenient but I’m sure I can get it to work this way. Would be nice to have the option to record outgoing calls as well have the recordings in the app to forward via text when done with the call. I like they come in email but both would be better and much more ideal. In the end I’m happy I found something that is free and I can get to work for my purpose and I hope they’ll consider these upgrades in the future.
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!!
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!
Great in theory, so-so in practice
by Coco3102 on 2020/02/23 13:34
I love the idea of having a second phone number that’s separate from my mobile but accessible on it. I’ve used Voice for years for all kinds of things that I want to keep one step away from my “private” number. In the last couple of years, though, I’ve found it periodically stops working with iOS. I have no idea if this is Google’s fault or if it’s something Apple does in its updates, but I hit these patches where I can’t get it to ring through the app or through call forwarding if I delete the app. I do all the suggested fixes online, and it still might or might not work. I just have to wait for an update. I’ve missed a couple of important calls this was and have to say I don’t think I can rely on it for everything anymore. I’ll still use it for things like making calls through my laptop (great for conference calls - the sound seems to be much better than speakerphone), but I can’t recommend this for anything really important if this issue keeps happening.
Contacts broke 2 updates ago
by TechnoWhopperWithCheese on 2020/05/25 12:15
Google contacts from the same account no longer show in Voice, nor can one be added from Voice (it keeps asking me to sync with my phone contacts, which I DO NOT WANT AND WILL NEVER WANT. I let Google know immediately, but they still released another update without fixing it. I don’t want ALL of my contacts to show in Voice—only my Google contacts. THIS IS THE WHOLE REASON I HAVE A VOICE ACCOUNT—TO SEPARATE ONE BUSINESS FROM ANOTHER. How do those at Google not get that? Beyond me. But this is some classic Google BS. Hey it’s free so I can’t complain right? DON’T GET PEOPLE HOOKED ON THIS STUFF THEN DO SOMETHING LIKE DISABLE CONTACT SYNCING AFTER THE FACT. It didn’t do this before said update. This does feel like either Apple or Google is TRYING to make life harder because I’m using the other’s product. Get TF over yourselves, you incredibly arrogant companies! You exist for US! Not the other way around. Oh and if I enter a contact into the Google Voice app, it disappears into the ether, never to be seen again on any site or interface. It’s so stupid it seems like a mistake, but multiple updates later, I’m thinking they’ve got to be doing this on purpose.
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.
Favorites gone ?
by ashwinks on 2019/10/03 00:34
Update Oct 2, 2019: Are there any plans to implement feature for favorites? Many, if not most, use the app from the car, and it’s difficult to browse the contacts or call history... ———————————————— 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.
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!!
Can’t stay on call if phone screen is asleep...
by tevin on 2019/09/30 20:08
I have been using Google voice for years, and although it has never been perfect, I have at least always been able to make phone calls from my Google number. The new format (where it calls entirely from the Google voice app instead of through the phone app on my phone) is absolutely horrible compared to the old method. I was just on hold for 40 minutes and my phone screen goes to sleep and it disconnected the call. You should still be able to put the phone to sleep and have your call stay connected, like with any other phone call you make. Sometimes too on the new calling screen I cannot use any other apps or go on speakerphone unless I have google voice pulled up on the screen. This makes the phone basically useless if I am trying to also refer to other information-through an email for example. Please fix! Thanks!
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. 👍👍
Incoming call notifications
by coffeegeekmn on 2020/03/04 16:25
I have the latest version of Google Voice and iOS 13 on my iPhone. The app used to show me incoming calls to my iPhone were being routed via Google Voice along with the incoming phone numbers caller id info. Not anymore. Now all calls coming through Google voice appear to be a regular incoming phone call to my personal iOS device. I don’t answer unknown incoming phone calls to my personal number as nearly every one is a robocall. However, I always answer every phone call coming into my Google Voice number. I haven’t been answering a lot of legitimate Google Voice incoming calls over the past month or so because my phone no longer shows it’s coming in through Google Voice - it looks like a regular phone call coming into my personal iOS device. I am not sure what happened. It used to work great but not anymore. The only solution I can think is to have incoming google voice calls show my google voice number as the one calling my phone. I used to do that but it’s nice knowing who is calling you so I switched it around a few years ago when I realized the phone showed it was an incoming google voice call. Back to the way I had it set up many years ago until this gets fixed. I am not sure if it’s a Google thing or an iOS thing but it’s annoying.
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.
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
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.
Really Good. Not Perfect.
by Social Dropout on 2020/02/15 17:52
This app is great as a second number. I’ve used it for years on and off. I tried using it as a primary number but found that it’s lacking in some respects. One thing that I find annoying is that I can’t access or send texts while I’m on a call. There have been a few times that I need to send a message or refer to one while on a call but couldn’t access them. You either need to hang the call up or hope the call doesn’t run long. The other issue is if you hit the power button to shut your screen off, it will cut off your call. If I’m on a call and I’m using a headset I often shut my screen off so I’m not consuming additional battery life or accidentally hitting an on-screen button. With Voice you have to leave the screen on the entire time you’re on a call.
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
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.
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...
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.
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.
Generous & Selfish
by Kimberlytopia on 2019/12/05 22:30
Love Google Voice. Liked the older version app that I ran on iOS 6.1.6 the best. Yup! Old. I liked the "Click to Call" feature that allowed forwarding to any of your listed numbers instead of insisting to ONLY call the listed cell phone number. The App on my current iOS did not have this feature but still functional up until today. Google wants me to update. To what? I am fully up-to-date at 9.3.6. Yup! Old. Still, like Google Voice & the generous features available, but irritated can no longer use on my older operating system. That is why I gave the Google Voice app a 1 Star / One Star: selfish. Google app developers could have just left a perfectly good working app alone for those of us with older OS and not defunct it because the device is as up-to-date with its iOS that it is gonna get. 😤 Don't laugh. It may very well one day happen to you. 🙈🙉🙊 😉
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.
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!
Please fix “do not disturb”!
by 510DustMite on 2019/12/20 00:31
“Do not disturb“ does not mean “don’t tell me when people call, but tell me when they leave a message“. I’m not exactly sure who would want that feature, but that seems to be how Google interprets “do not disturb“. For those of us who use a Google Voice account for our work phone and want to disable that at home, this makes for a very frustrating feature set. I have to go into the full iPhone settings and notifications in order to fully disable voicemail notifications, which consequently disables notifications for all Google voice accounts. Would definitely rather simply flip that switch when I leave work. Please fix this feature, apart from this, this app has come along way, but I find this very frustrating. Thank you.
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.
Great for this teacher
by MakingProgressEveryday on 2020/05/04 12:31
Using Google Voice in order to contact parents when I’m not at school but without them having access to my personal cell phone number is a huge help. I also like being able to text parents from my laptop both at work and at home. The only drawback to this app is that I allowed it access to my contacts, didn’t even realize I did that, and so when I go to use Siri it often offers me phone numbers of parents. I would like to have my personal contacts completely separate from this app as I would never use Google Voice to call anyone on my personal list. It’s just for school!
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.
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
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.
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.
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