It’s easy and free to make phone calls from your Android tablet; in a few minutes you’ll be able to show your friends and family how too! If you have an internet connection and wifi at home, it’s time to ditch your home phone or land line and setup this free alternative. If you have multiple business or personal lines, you can control all incoming and outgoing phone forwarding with your tablet on Google Voice.
Custom settings allow fantastic call management support for busy professionals like myself who need an easy dashboard to control all of their phone numbers. Perfect call management platform for people in sales, Internet marketing, or any other industry that requires several phone lines for call management purposes. Whether for business or personal use, these shortcuts will show you how to setup free tablet phone calls in a snap.
Shortcut Around Google Voice Mobile Restriction
Google Voice & Chat is not supported on mobile devices, but there’s an easy fix for that. Most people who try make calls on their laptops or tablets using G Voice make the mistake of not installing a VOIP client; a simple app skirts around the dreaded “mobile calls not supported” problem. A VOIP client is just a fancy name for a third party app that hosts your unique Google Voice number; Google Voice numbers are free, and there are also several free VOIP client apps. In just a few minutes you can setup free tablet phone calls for android devices. Below you’ll find my guide of shortcuts detailing how to make phone calls on a tablet.
Google Voice Phone Facts
- No Emergency 911 Phone Call Support
- Google Voice is Only Available in the US & Canada
- You Can Choose Your Own Local Phone Number
- Google Voice Allows You to Port Your Number
- Many Tablet Phone Call Apps are Free
- Phone Calls Can Only Be Made When You Have Wifi or Internet
- Forwarding Capabilities When You’re Out of Wifi Range
- Import Contact Data From Email
- Filter & Restrict Incoming & Outgoing Numbers
- Free Voicemail Setup & Custom Settings
Free Tablet Phone Calls with WiFi Instructional Guide
1.Create a Google Voice Account
Go to www.google.com/voice/ on your tablet or desktop computer’s browser. NOT the Google Voice app. Create a free account with your Gmail account, if you don’t already have one then create that first at www.google.com/mail and then create the Google Voice account.
2.Choose Your Google Voice Number
You will be prompted to choose your phone number from a list of available local numbers after entering your zip code. If none are available (which is sometimes the case), choose a zip code from nearby areas and you should find one that’s available.
3.Confirm Number with Confirmation Code
When you create a number, Google may ask you to confirm the number using an alternate existing number. Enter your cell phone number (or send it to a friend’s) and input the code.
4.IMPORTANT! Set Call Settings for New Number
When you get to the option, make sure to choose “FORWARD ALL CALLS TO THIS NUMBER”. If you don’t then the phone calls to your Google Voice number will go to the cell phone number you used to verify it.
5.Download Google Voice App from Google Play
Go to the Google Play store and install the free Google Play app if it’s not installed already. After it’s installed, sign in with your Gmail account details, the same you used to create the Google Voice account.
6.Install a Free or Paid VOIP Client App
Download a VOIP client app from the Google Play store. Best free options include:
· Groove VOIP Lite: Free version works great, paid option enables fancier settings for $5.
· Zenitalk VOIP: Free works well, buy prepaid credits for higher call quality.
· TextPlus: Free calling & text messaging app, free version is good and paid options is $2.
· Viber: Free phone call & text messaging app, always free.
7.Sign In to Your VOIP App with Google Account
Sign into your new app or create an account using your Gmail account, and enable Google Voice Syncing with your new number.
8.Make & Receive Free Phone Calls with Your Tablet
Now you’re all set up, start receiving and sending phone calls and/or text messages from your tablet with your wifi or other internet connection and save tons of money!
Is WiFi Tablet Calling Right for You?
It depends; if your device is wifi only, then it is probably the ideal choice for you if you have access to WiFi at home, in your office, or on a regular basis.
However, if you have a 3G or 4G plan for your device with limited data usage then wifi calling is probably not the right option for you. It would probably be cheaper to get a cell phone if your only internet connection is a shared data plan and has limitations and overage fees.
Emergency Phone Call Restrictions & Alternatives
It’s important to note that Google Voice and other internet-based phone lines don’t support emergency phone calls to 911. However, as a backup line or for children who are usually in an environment where others can make emergency calls when necessary it is not a major concern.
In lieu of calling 911, save emergency numbers like the local fire department, police, and other local emergency numbers as contacts just in case. I put together an emergency phone number contact template that you can download; fill it out with your local emergency numbers and save it to Google Drive for easy access to emergency phone numbers. Problem solved!
Have any Tips or Suggestions About Tablet Calling & Apps?
Share them with the usedview.community in the comments. With so many free internet tools and apps on the market, there must be some that I left out. Please feel free to chime in! If you found this article helpful please share it with your friends and family!
Coming soon…How to Make Free Phone Calls from an Ipad.