Ever since the first telephone was created successfully and hit the homes of many, people have been missing calls. It wouldn’t be for dozens of years later that call forwarding would be invented, not to mention cell phones and smartphones that one could keep on their person at all times. For example, Google Voice has call forwarding and many businesses utilize some form of call forwarding. But what is it?

Whenever you want to send your email to someone else, say an email you got from someone else, rather than write the email out yourself to as many people that need it you can forward the email. This will send the entirety of the email as it is. A call forwarded to you works in an almost identical fashion, but it’s more like phone tag.

For call forwarding, it utilizes one number for a multitude of devices; landlines, smartphones and or cell phones, tablets and even computers can share that number. What that means is that no matter where you are in the world, you could be in the middle of the desert, provided you have a phone signal, you would get the call. Don’t have your phone on you, but you’re at your desk? Don’t worry because Google Voice will pick it up.

Are you ready to enjoy the wonders of Google Voice’s call forwarding? Then let’s get started.

A Word Beforehand…

Before you get elbow deep into the guide, you should understand that if you don’t have a legitimate phone number–one that Google will accept–linked to Google Voice, you won’t be able to take advantage of call forwarding or Google Voice for that matter. Until you do, you cannot move forward with the guide.

You also need a Google account. It’s free to sign up and free to use. Google offers tons of different applications for its users that have the potential to rival many well established programs.

With that being said, let’s break down the process of forwarding your calls with Google Voice.

Setting Up Call Forwarding with Google Voice

1. With your preferred web browser and a safe and secure network connection, head on over to Google Voice’s homepage and log in with your Google account, if you aren’t already logged in. You’ll be redirected to Google Voice’s main menu.

2. Now, open your Settings menu. You can find it by looking for the gear icon located in the top right corner of the page.

Linked Numbers

3. Head down your Settings page to Linked Numbers. Just below that, you’ll see + New Linked Number. Go ahead and click that.

click Send Code

4. Punch in a phone number you want to link to Google Voice into the empty field. When you’re finished, click Send Code. Google Voice will then send you a 6-digit code shortly after to the device the number belongs to.

5. When asked to punch in the code, use the 6-digit code that was sent to you and then click VERIFY. Afterwards, click FINISH.

6. Repeat Steps 3 through 5 until every unique number has been linked to your Google Voice account.

Settings page to the “Calls” section

7. When you’re finished linking numbers, open your Settings one last time. Make your way down the Settings page to the “Calls” section.

Call Forwarding

8. Under the “Calls” section, you’ll see the subsection “Call Forwarding” along with every single number you just linked to your account. To enable call forwarding, move the slider to the right of each number and move it to the right. It will turn teal, indicating that call forwarding has been enabled for that number.

Anytime someone calls a number that you’ve linked to your Google Voice, it will forward that call to any and all devices.