how to use google voice in gmail chat

How to use Google Voice in Gmail Chat
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This guide is part of the Google Voice series

Guides in this series:

1. How to use Google Voice
2. How to use Google Voice in Gmail Chat

Make: google-voice

Model / Product: Voice

Version: Gmail Chat

Objective / Info: Make a phone call using the Google voice feature included inside of Gmail. This is essentially a VOIP service that allows you to call phones not just other computers. Similar to the way Skype does.

Open your browser and visit Gmail by going to and clicking the "Gmail" link at the top of the page.
Look in the left sidebar, chat section for the phone icon labeled "phone"
You should see the dial pad open in the lower left hand corner of the page.
If this is the first time you have used this feature, you will need to install the Google Voice plugin. You can do so by clicking the "please download the voice plugin" link.

  Note : I am using the Chrome browser, however, these steps should work on any browser Google Voice supports.

A new window should open where you can download the plugin. Click the "Install voice and video chat" button to install the plugin.
The installation should start.
Click the "Restart Browser Now" button.
After the browser restarts you should click the "Gmail" button.

Verify the settings for your microphone, speakers and camera if you have one connected.
  Note : If no changes are required, scroll down to the bottom of the screen and click the "cancel" button.

Now, look in the left sidebar, chat section for the phone icon labeled "phone"
Enter the number you want to reach in the top field, then click the "Call" button.

You should hear the phone ringing through your speakers. After the call is answered your conversation will begin.

  Note : The number your are dialing will show at the top of the page but is blurred in this example.

This task should now be complete. If not, review and repeat the steps as needed. Submit any questions using the section at the bottom of this page.


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