This great freebie from Google stops annoying robocalls and gives you a second phone number

Fun Fact: Two of the most popular tips on my site over the years revolve around blocking your number and revealing the identity of blocked or strange numbers you’re calling.

I get the curiosity. It is not always An automated caller is calling you from a number you don’t recognize. Tap or click here for four ways to find someone’s cell phone number online.

If you want to block your own number (and you should!), Tap or click here to view all temporary and permanent steps to complete the task. This is a little-known deterrent to fraudulent calls.

The more widespread your number is, the more vulnerable you are to hackers and other bad actors. A secondary phone number protects your primary one, but it can do a lot more.

Get your free new number first

When you get a new phone number, your old one doesn’t just disappear into the airwaves. This is scary when you think about anything related to your number. Tap or click to see how someone else who gets their hands on it can seriously compromise your privacy.

Google Voice is a free service that gives you a phone number that you can use however you want for national and international calls, text messages, and voicemail. Google Voice is available for iOS, Android and your computer. All you need is a Google account to get started.

  • Download the app for iOS or Android or go to voice.google.com/u/0/signup to get it for your computer.
  • Next, sign in to your Google account.
  • Check the conditions and continue to the next step.
  • Select a phone number from the list. You can search by city or area code.
  • Confirm the number and enter a phone number to associate with your voice account.
  • You will receive a six-digit code that you must enter for the next step. Done!

Now it’s time to deal with it as you can to use this number.

1. Keep your old number when you switch

Let’s say you need to switch providers because you’re moving to a new state or country. You may have found a better deal elsewhere. You probably want to keep your old phone number, right? The good news is that you can probably port it to Google Voice for a fee of $20.

Not every provider or phone number will do, but you can try. You’ll need your account number and PIN, so have your billing account information ready.

  • Open Google Voice and click the Hamburger menu icon. Go to Legacy Google Voicethen click Settings gear icon to go settings.
  • Choose phones tab, then Change/port next to your phone number.
  • Choose I want to use my mobile number and follow the on-screen instructions to set it up and pay.

Stalkers and creeps can do a lot of damage with your number. Tap or click the steps you can take if someone is harassing you online.

2. Route specific calls directly to voicemail

You need to talk to a specific person but don’t want them to have your real number. If you don’t want to block someone directly, you can send them to voicemail.

With Google Voice, you can do the same for all incoming calls. This is smart if you’re using that second number as a burner that you really don’t intend to take calls on. Here’s how to do it on your computer:

  • Open Google Voice and click the Settings gear icon.
  • click Calls.
  • Turn off your devices below Incoming calls.
  • Disable your linked numbers at call forwarding.

How to send calls to voicemail from your phone.

  • Open the Voice app and tap Hamburger menu iconthen settings.
  • Beat devices and numbers.
  • Tap the Remove the X iconthen Remove next to your devices and linked numbers.

Sometimes “do not disturb” is the answer. Tap or click steps to set it up on your iPhone or Android.

3. A safer way to share your contact information with strangers

If a new social or business acquaintance asks you for your phone number, provide it. Maybe it’s on your business card. The same happens when you sign up for a new account or want to sell something online.

Only a bad actor can get his hands on your act and make your life miserable. Spam and robocalls can come through phone calls or text messages. A hacker can use your phone number to break into one of your accounts and access your information. A Brenner phone number minimizes your risk.

This step is easy. Instead of giving out your real number, share your Google Voice number.

4. Try it for your business or side hustle

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Whether it’s a side job or a full-fledged business you’re looking to start, you’ll need a phone number. The problem is you never know who’s calling. Beyond the legitimate clientele, you will meet strange people asking strange questions.

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5. Record calls (while it’s legal)

You can also use Google Voice to record conversations. It’s easier than scribbling notes when you need a record of a call. Be sure to check your local laws before recording a conversation. Some states require you to get consent from everyone involved before you can record.

To record a Google Voice call on your computer:

  • Go to voice.google.com and click the Settings gear icon.
  • click Calls.
  • To turn on Incoming call options.
  • During a call, tap 4 to start recording. All participants in the call are notified that the recording has started.
  • Beat 4 again to stop recording. All participants will be notified.

To set up recording on your phone:

  • Open the Voice app and tap Hamburger menu iconthen tap settings.
  • To turn on Incoming call options under calls.
  • Beat 4 to start recording during a call. All participants in the call are notified that the recording has started.
  • Beat 4 again to stop recording. All participants will be notified.

Bonus Tip: A woman was harassed and followed. How we found the guy.

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