[HOW TO] Setup Google Voice with Sprint and have separate numbers
NOTE: These directions were written on a phone with a small screen size, so your screen may display differently. The general idea is still the same and all processes should go in the same order.
There have been many questions about setting up Google Voice properly since Sprint and Google attempted to merge the Google Voice settings for phone numbers/voicemail. Even if you have already merged your numbers, you can separate them and use them as different lines when calling people. Follow these instructions.
NOTE: For those that have already merged your number (whether by accident or you just want to change it back now) need to complete these two steps before proceeding.
1: Uninstall Google Voice from phone.
2: Login to www.google.com/voice and click "disable" here:
Then disable here (mine says enable, yours will say disable if you have it "synced"):
NOTE: If you link does not say "disable" then skip this step and continue to instructions.
EVERYONE SHOULD BE AT THE SAME POINT BEFORE GOING FURTHER.
-No Google Voice on phone.
-Disable link clicked on www.google.com/voice OR never activated before
Now, on to setting it up!
Download and install to phone:
Open up Google Voice and DO NOT TAP ANYTHING! (This is a very important step)
You will see this:
Scroll down until you see this "hidden" skip button and tap it:
Sign in with gmail account:
Select this so that you have the option when making calls (this can be changed later):
Click number to dial (just to be certain) and then tap "Configure" to continue:
Note: Dialing the number does not result in a voice call to anyone. It just dials a system to update.
Select "Google Voice":
If you get this notice, just select "OK" and then hit the physical back button to get back to Google Voice setup:
NOW, you must do one more thing to make Google Voice work!
Go to www.google.com/voice
Then click here to activate your new Google voicemail to send notifications to your phone!:
NOTE: If you get any additional popups here just click ok/done to dismiss them.
Now, you can add the widget to your home screen and have someone call you to give it a try. For the first time, give it a few minutes to update before thinking it doesn't work. Enjoy!
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