Android user’s can now use Google’s hangout app to make voice calls. All you need to do is to install the Hangout Dialer from Google Play to turn on the dialing function. Once you turn on voice calling in Hangouts, you can make domestic and international calls through a Wi-Fi or data connection (like 4G).
If you have a Google Voice number, you can also receive calls using Hangout.
The key benefit is that almost all calls to the U.S. and Canada are free from all countries where Hangouts calling is available. A few U.S. and Canadian destinations will cost USD 1 cent per minute depending on the specific phone number. The 1 cent rate may vary depending on the local currency.
Calling isn’t available from some countries, such as Mexico, China and Argentina. Users in India can make calls to all countries except to locations within India.
When you make a call using Hangouts and have a Google Voice account, it will show your Google Voice phone number on the recipient’s caller ID, not your device’s number. If you don’t have a Google Voice number, the caller ID will show as “unknown.”
Calls from your Hangouts app won’t use your mobile phone carrier’s voice minutes, but they will use your data plan if you don’t use WiFi for your calls.
Set the Hangouts app as the default for incoming Google Voice calls
You can use the Hangouts app to receive calls so you get your Hangouts messages and Google Voice calls all in one place.
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- Open the Hangouts app on your Android device.
- Touch your profile photo (or the menu icon with 3 horizontal bars)
- Touch Settings.
- Touch the Google Account for your Google Voice account.
- Touch the checkbox next to “Incoming phone calls.” The Hangouts app on your Android device will ring for incoming calls to your Google Voice number.