Google Voice is a telephone service that provides call forwarding and voicemail services, voice and text messaging, and the U.S. and international call termination for Google Account customers in the U.S. and some selected countries.
There is no mention of Nigeria in the list of countries that has support for Google Voice account creation, so your question should be, is Google voice available in Nigeria has an answer already.
For this reason, I will write this article to show you how to get a google voice number in Nigeria, but before we get to that, here are some excellent reasons why you should own a Google Voice account anywhere in the world;
- Place and Receive Calls on Your Phone Over Wi-Fi. Google doesn’t yet provide a way to send and receive calls from your phone over Wi-Fi, probably because they’re worried about angering the carriers.
- Text From Any Browser or Phone.
- Easy Number Portability.
- Block Phone Numbers.
- Switch Phones During a Call.
Without further ado, I want to dive into today’s tutorial and show you how to easily create a Google Voice account and verify it in Nigeria or any country that does not support Google Voice’s creation.
How to get a Google Voice number in Nigeria
First and foremost, have a U.S. phone number because you will need it later for verification purposes. You can learn how to create a United States number free of charge from this article. After owning your own USA, you will need to have a good VPN. Currently, the only VPN apps that I can recommend are TunnelBear VPN (Android users download here) and Ivacy VPN (Android users download here).
TunnelBear VPN (iOS users download here) allows you to create an account with them. Still, you’re giving a specific amount of data to use for a month on the free trial. You have the option to upgrade your plan.
Ivacy VPN (iOS users download here) is a paid VPN but excellent and reliable. Their plans are cheap if you ask me. You can choose to download any VPN of your choice but ensure that they are strong enough. I can only tell you of these two VPN apps because I trust them very well.
Immediately after downloading any of the VPN apps, connect the VPN to the internet, and launch your web browser, preferably Google Chrome browser. Type voice.google.com in the address bar and click enter to go to the website.
When the website opens up, click Personal Use >> Web. This action should take you to the signup page where you would need to choose a “Google Voice number,” you can decide to skip this, but there is no need for that since you will get a free Google voice number.
In the drop-down list, you will be shown three areas to get a Google number from, select any one of your choosing, and choose any number that shows immediately after that.
Here is where you will require the U.S. number you created using the tutorial that I linked to above. In this step, you need to enter a number to link to the Google Voice number, now type in the U.S. number and click Send Code. You should receive the code in a heartbeat, type in the code in the space bar, and click verify. The code is always a 6-digit number. When you’ve verified it, you will see something like in the picture below.
That is how you can create a Google Voice account and now number and verify it in Nigeria or any country that is not readily available to develop it. In case you are still finding minor difficulties with creating the Google Voice account, I urge you to take a look at this video tutorial, as you should understand it better.
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