Make Free Phone Calls from Gmail

OVERVIEW: You will learn how to make free phone calls from gmail using Google voice. Answer calls from Gmail, Transfer calls to and from Gmail.

make free phone calls from gmail

Placing a Phone Call from Gmail

Google recently added the ability to make free phone calls to Gmail for uses with a Google Voice account. There is a Call Phone link under the Google Chat list next to your Inbox. Making phone calls directly from your Inbox is pretty cool, but let’s take a look at some other useful things you can do including:

  • Making Free Calls from your Inbox
  • Answering Phone Calls from your Inbox
  • Transferring calls from your Cell Phone to your Computer
  • Transferring calls from your Computer to your Cell Phone

Log into your Gmail account.

Click the Call Phone link in the panel on the right side of the page.

Make Call from Gmail

The Google Voice menu will appear in the bottom right corner of the screen.

Google Voice Gmail Interface

Click in the Search field and start typing a person or business name. (This only works if they are one of your Contacts. Otherwise, just use the standard keypad to dial a phone number.)

Your contacts get filtered down to match what you type.

Search Google Contacts from Google Voice

Select the number from your contact and click the Call button.

The call will begin.

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Click the End button to end the call.

See it in Action in the Video Tutorial

Here is a step-by-step video showing how to make free calls from Gmail.

Answering Google Voice Calls from Gmail

You can set up Google Voice to ring in your Gmail Mailbox when people call your number.

Log into Google Voice and click the Settings link at the top of the page.

Enable Google Chat for Phone Calls

The Phones tab lists all of the phones that you have connected to your Google Voice phone number.

Select the check box next to Google chat to allow your Gmail Mailbox to ring when someone dials your Google Voice number.

Now, the next time you are logged into Gmail and someone calls your Google Voice number, you can answer it right on your computer.

See it in Action in the Video Tutorial

Here is a step-by-step video showing how to answer Google Voice calls inside of Gmail.

Transfer Calls To and From Gmail

Once you enable Google Chat as one of your phones, you can send transfer incoming calls to and from any of your other enabled phones, including your Gmail Mailbox.

Transfer a Call from Cell Phone to Google Voice

Suppose you answer a call to your Google Voice number in the car on your cell phone. When you walk into your house or office, you can easily transfer it to your Gmail Mailbox on your computer. This will save your mobile minutes and allow you to talk at your desk.

Any time after you answer a call, just press the Asterisk (*) key on your phone’s keypad.

Then, all of the other phones enabled on your account will start ringing. If you are logged into Gmail, you can just click the Answer button.

Anser Call from Gmail

Then, just hang up your mobile phone and continue the call on your computer.

See it in Action in the Video Tutorial

Here is a step-by-step video showing how to transfer calls from Gmail to another phone.

Transfer a Call from Google Voice to Cell Phone

If you answer a call to from your Gmail Mailbox, you can transfer it to your mobile phone just as easily.

After you answer a call in your Gmail Mailbox, just click the Asterisk (*) key on your Google Voice menu.

Google Voice transerfer call

Then, the other phones that are connected to your Google Voice number will ring.

Answer your mobile phone and end the call in your Gmail window.

Now, you can continue the call on your cell phone.

You can use these tricks to maximize the effectiveness of pairing Google Voice with your Gmail account.

See it in Action in the Video Tutorial

Here is a step-by-step video showing how to transfer calls to Gmail from another phone.

What Cool Tricks do You Have?

I would love to hear any cool tricks that you use with Google Voice and Gmail. I will try to feature any good ones in a future article.

Thanks,

Chris

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