To recover your Google Voice Number: Go to Google Voice > Settings > Select Number Under Linked numbers > Enter the Phone Number to verify > Enter the Code to complete verification > click Claim to get the number back.
Google Voice is a free voice-over IP (VoIP) service that offers the ability to make and receive calls via the internet. It is based on Google’s free Hangouts platform, which allows you to communicate with other people using a computer or mobile device. You can also use Gmail to send and receive text messages.
Google Voice offers several features that make it different from traditional phone service providers:
Calling Features: You can make calls to other Google Voice users or landlines, or have them call you (Google Voice calls are free while they are in progress). You can also call international numbers and voicemail boxes.
Messaging Features: You can send SMS text messages in your Google Voice number as well as instant messages and email through Gmail. And more.
One should be careful when choosing his Google Voice number. If he forgets it soon after setting it up and starts using another Google Voice number, he may abandon the old one.
The new number will be great at some point in time, but you may also miss the old number.
Therefore, below, we will show you how to reclaim your Google Voice number.
How To Recover Google Voice Number
If you find that someone else has claimed your Google Voice number, it means that someone is using that number with their Google Voice account. However, if you still own the linked number, you can add it back to your Voice account.
Note: If your Google Voice number is no longer listed on your account, you can add it back within 45 days.
1. Go to Google Voice.
2. At the top right, click Settings.
3. Tap New linked number. You’ll find the option under Linked numbers.
4. Enter the Google Voice Number you want to reclaim and click Verify.
5. Enter the six-digit code to verify your number. If you see the number being used by another google account of yours, you’ll receive a message asking if you want to claim it.
6. Click Claim to link the number with your account again.
How To Keep Google Voice Number Before It’s Removed
Note that if you don’t use your Voice number for a long time, you’ll see a warning that your Voice number will be removed from your account if you don’t use it by the reclaim date. After your number is reclaimed, you can still access your messages in the Voice app, but you will not be able to receive calls or texts.
To avoid losing your number, do one of the following before the reclaim date: Call or answer a call with your Voice number; send a text message with your Voice number, or at least listen to your voicemail.
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