Google Voice update adds ability to make calls through Siri

Google Voice update adds ability to make calls through Siri
Google has quietly updated its Voice app with new options for Siri. For quite a while iOS users asked Google to add the ability to make calls via Siri, but the search giant probably had other priorities.

The latest update introduces this much-requested feature, so if you're one of the many Google Voice users who heavily rely on Siri to do various tasks, you will now be able to make calls through Apple's voice assistant, VentureBeat reports.

It's not only calls that you can make through Siri, but you can send messages using voice commands as well. Simply say “Hey Siri, call [contact name] on Google Voice” or “Hey Siri, send a message using Google Voice.”

Naturally, only users in those countries where Google Voice is available will be able to take advantage of the new feature: Canada, Denmark, France, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, and the U.S.

To make calls via Google Voice you need a Google Account. Then, you can set up Siri and Google Voice by going to Settings / Siri & Search, and enable Listen for “Hey Siri” or Press Home for Siri / Enable Siri. Finally, choose Google Voice from the list of apps in the Settings screen, and enable Use with Siri.

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5 Comments

1. sgodsell

Posts: 7514; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

The thing is you can use Google Assistant to call anyone as well. Google Voice gave you a static number if need be. That way others would know it's you calling. But if users just want to make a phone call, then they can do that even on a Google home mini, without the need to setup or install Google Voice.

2. Vokilam

Posts: 1343; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

You can use Siri shortcuts to create make any app a default app for calling (or navigation for that matter).

5. sgodsell

Posts: 7514; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Apple only came out with that Siri Shortcuts kludge, because Siri and SiriKit are a POS. Instead Apple should be trying to improve Siri itself.

6. Vokilam

Posts: 1343; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

Wtf you talking about. Explain.

3. iloveapps

Posts: 909; Member since: Mar 21, 2019

I use siri shortcuts for my common needs like calling very important people. No need for google voice to do that.

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