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Using both Google Fi and Google Voice means you need to use two Google accounts on the same phone

Posted by jpluimers on 2020/11/13

A while ago at [WayBack] The only bad thing about getting Google Fi is giving up Google Voice — Mike Elgan wrote

You can use Google Voice or you can use Google Fi, but you can’t use both. I just bought a Google Pixel 3 in order to move off AT&T and onto Google Fi fulltime. (We used to use Google Fi using my wife’s account, but only as a WiFi hotspot while traveling abroad.) It’s kind of a bummer, b

But the first comment has a solution that works, if you use two Google accounts that is:

I have Fi and use Google Voice on the same phone. I have to sign in to Voice with a separate Google account so there are some compromises but it works for how I use it.


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No forwarding phone number – Google Product Forums

Posted by jpluimers on 2020/03/30

It seems Google Voice has gotten more restrictions over time that I was not aware of: [Archive.isNo forwarding phone number – Google Product Forums:

Bluescat said:
There is no bug involved here. And no, you haven’t stumbled on a way to game the system.

Two things have changed.

  1. With the introduction of Google Hangouts’ ability to place and receive calls via a Google Voice telephone number, the requirement to maintain a 10-digit forwarding phone number was removed. So yes, you can remove all forwarding phone numbers from your account if you wish. However, keep in mind that you have now made it more difficult to access your account from a telephone, to manage your voicemail greetings, listen to messages, set Do Not Disturb mode, etc. Without a forwarding phone number, you have no way to do that over the phone.
  2. In response to fraud and abuse of the service, Google now requires that users have a valid, working (paid-service) telephone number, which hasn’t been previously used to claim another Google Voice number, to be eligible to be issued a new Google Voice number. This is designed to deter people from collecting multiple Google Voice phone numbers to use for spam, robocalling, stalking, etc. Once that number has been used to claim a Google Voice number, it can’t be used to claim another Google Voice number. However, there’s no requirement that it be left on the account. Removing the forwarding phone from one Google Voice account will not enable that forwarding number to be used to claim a Google Voice number for another account.
    So, all you did was use up your husband’s entitlement to a Google Voice number.

Finally, a disclaimer: Google Voice cannot be used for emergency 911 calling. Not having some alternative telephone service available for that purpose is a very bad idea.


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OK Google – all you can ask Google

Posted by jpluimers on 2016/10/14

An interactive list of over 150 commands and 1000 variations that you can ask Google’s voice assistant. Made by @thekitze

Source: OK Google

Via: Amazing site lists nearly every ‘OK Google’ voice command

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How To Work with Google Reference List: all Google URLs you will ever need in one handy place – via Denis Labelle

Posted by jpluimers on 2015/11/30

All Google URLs you will ever need in one handy place: How To Work with Google Reference List I. by Dennis Labelle.


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Google Voice calling on Android via Google Hangouts 2.3+ APK and Hangouts Dialer

Posted by jpluimers on 2014/09/10

Google Hangouts on iOS could make Google Voice calls for a while, and it is now finally available for Android too: Official Google Blog: Call me maybe? Introducing free voice calls from Hangouts.

You need two pieces of software for this:

Roderick Gadellaa published a G+ post with the link to Hangouts Dialer and the Google Hangouts 2.3 APK at Android Police.

At the thread Free voice calling finally comes to Hangouts! both Allen Edmonds and Brandon D’Souza posted the link to the Google Hangouts 2.3 APK at

You can even configure Hangouts to receive incoming Google Voice calls. Quoting from the same thread:

Spencer Petersen …

  1. Go to Hangouts settings,
  2. select your account, and
  3. under Google Voice
  4. there’s an option to receive incoming calls.

Calling to USA and Canada is free. Other regions do cost money, but the prices are very competitive:



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