Google Voice

Why Can't I Log Into Google Voice?

Voice

Episode 1743

Bob from San Diego, CA

Bob is having trouble with Google Voice. It won't let him log in. It just "beach balls." Leo says to try clearing out the cache of the browser. Or try a different browser. See if he can log in from a different browser. That's the easiest solution. Download Firefox. Bob can't do that. His computer is too old. Leo says that there comes a point where a computer can be so old that other applications can't support it. 

Why Am I Having Trouble Texting With Google Voice?

Google Voice.

Episode 1735

Bonnie from California

Bonnie is having issues sending texts via Google Voice. It's been intermittent lately. Leo says that Google Voice is an internet-based text messaging service. That requires a gateway, usually provided by carriers to send out the actual text. Not every company will pass Google Voice texts along consistently. It depends on who is supporting it and who isn't. Since Bonnie is a teacher, it may be that new parents are using a service that doesn't support it.

Can I port my Google Voice number to my smart watch?

Samsung Galaxy Smartwatch 2

Episode 1651

JC from Sherman Oaks, CA

JC recently bought the Samsung Galaxy Smartwatch 2. He wants to know if he can sync his Google Voice number to his watch. Leo says that the cell watch has to have its own number and your mobile service will charge you extra for it. It could conceivably, and it's worth trying. But Leo suspects that AT&T is using a gateway to prevent it.

How can I download a podcast?

Podcast

Episode 1593

Dave from Rochester, NY

Dave wants to know how to download Leo's podcasts. Leo says that all his podcasts are designed to be downloaded, and you can do that from Twit.TV. There should be a button you can click on to download the podcast, or you can right click and select download on the link. But Leo recommends using a podcast aggregator like iTunes, Switcher, Pocket Cast (Android), Downcast (Android), Google Podcasts, Podcast Republic, Podcast Addict. Make sure you set them for automatic download, so it will download every new episode. 

How can I Block Unwanted Calls on my Cell Phone?

Voice

Episode 1590

David from Anaheim, CA

David is tired of getting unwanted robocalls on his business number. How can he get rid of them? Leo says "welcome to the club!" since he can't really. He can block the number, sure, but after a short time, they use another number. So we just can't win. And blocks only really work when you're a residential customer. That's why Leo uses Google Voice for his number. That way it can get blocked at the Google level. The other option is an app like Burner to do it... or even Nomorobo.

Should I Pay for Google Voice?

Google Voice

Episode 1585

Gary from Cheektowaga, NY

Gary wants to know if it's worth buying the G Suite from Google. Leo says it makes a lot of sense for companies, but for $10 a month, Gary won't get anything new. Google is replacing Google Hangouts with Meet and Chat, so he may have the opportunity to use that. It also offers Google Voice for new users. Look around. Check out Grasshopper, Mighty Call, or Line2. Leo uses Ring Central. 

Gary also found out that PlayOn, his DVR service online, is going up to $50 a month. Leo recommends YouTube TV as PlayOn requests a password apparently to access some services to record to the DVR.

Use a Google Voice Number to Filter Out Non-Contact-List Calls

Google Voice's Screening feature allows you to configure your phone's reaction to calls from outside your contact list. Actions include sending directly to voicemail or asking for the caller's name. You can keep your normal phone number, or you could even get a whole new number! An alternative is Nomorobo for iOS, which compares a caller's number to known scammers/robocallers. However, it requires a paid subscription, unlike Google Voice.

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