How to use native SMS for Google Voice


  1. Cincybearcatfan

    Cincybearcatfan Well-Known Member

    I don't know if anyone else wants to do this but I found a way to use Google Voice with the native SMS app on the Galaxy Nexus. Also, using the native voicemail notification for Google Voice messages.

    The greatest part is you don't have to have a data connection in order to receive Google Voice TEXT messages when you do this. I've tested it several times with all data (mobile and wifi) turned off and Google Voice text messages still come in, and they are integrated in my native SMS app.

    Open Google Voice App>Sync and notifications>Receive text messages>SELECT Via the messaging app.

    While you are on the Sync and notifications screen check "Voicemail Notificaions". If you want it to vibrate or have a special ringtone set it there.

    Once you have finished, back out one screen. Put a checkmark in "Voicemail Display". I selected "View and play voicemails from the phone call log". Back out and close your Google Voice app.

    You should be set to go. This may be common knowledge and I'm late the the party. I've asked about how to do this multiple times and have been told by more than one person that it can't be done. Now it can.

    One last thing. If it doesn't work for you, perhaps it's a tweak that my Galaxy Nexus has that you don't. I'm running AOKP Milestone 5. I have Inverted Google Voice installed and Inverted SMS. I'm not sure if that will make a difference.

    If you get this to work, let me know.

    ***EDIT***
    One note: While Google Voice text messages come through with or without data using this method, voice messages will not come through until you have a data connection.

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  2. jbdan

    jbdan Well-Known Member

    Excellent! I knew it was integrated into the call log but didn't know about the text msg's idk why! Thanks for this
  3. Outatime

    Outatime Well-Known Member Contributor

    I've been wanting to do that and didn't know how! Thanks. Even works with Handcent!
  4. krouget

    krouget Well-Known Member

    Do you know if this counts towards any SMS limits from the carrier? Part of the reason I use GV is to get around that, so I'm curious as to how that works, if you can still receive SMS without a data/wifi connection.

    Either way, nice tip.

    Edit: Thought this may be of some help, too. http://android.stackexchange.com/qu...ard-texts-only-when-im-not-using-google-voice
    jbdan likes this.
  5. zerocool79346

    zerocool79346 Well-Known Member

    Yeah it will, so don't do it if you use GV for your reason.
  6. crankerchick

    crankerchick Well-Known Member

    When you reply to a message sent to your google voice number, does it send from that number? I ask because I often use google voice when i'm texting internationally so i don't have to pay $0.50 a text, so if going about it this way goes through the carrier then I'll probably keep it separate. I'm guessing the answer is it does send from my mobile # (not grand central)...
  7. rdailey

    rdailey New Member

    Now if someone would just explain how to set up the Google Voice app when the phone has service disconnected, using WiFi only, we'd be set!

    It asks to verify your phone number by sending a text from your phone, but if the service is discontinued, you're prevented from completing the sign in. In a device such as an iPod Touch, which is WiFi only, you don't have to deal with the whole verification process -- just sign in and start sending texts directly from the GV app over Wifi. I'd love to be able to do that from my WiFi only Android phone.
  8. OstrichSaK

    OstrichSaK Well-Known Member

    Bumping this to get details on the sending portion. I changed the settings mentioned in the OP and sent a text message and it never gave me the option to select standard phone # or GV #. Have I don't something wrong or could that be because I already had conversations open in my messaging app so it just used the method previously used? In other words, if you get the popup and select one or the other is this a one-time thing so long as you still have the conversation going in your messaging app?

    Edit: Tried it again with someone not currently in my messaging conversations list and same thing... it just sends w/o giving an option of which # to send it from. What am I doing wrong here? I use my phone for personal and business and text with both so I'd rather not send someone a message from my personal phone number.
  9. eyecon82

    eyecon82 Well-Known Member

    Good question
  10. zwade01

    zwade01 New Member

    Anybody able to do this yet?
  11. zapjb

    zapjb Well-Known Member

    Yes I want to know also. I want to be able to send SMS to #s not in my contact list or sms/call history using gv without the gv/hangouts app or using data/wifi.
  12. teddyearp

    teddyearp A guide with guides Guide

    Hmmm zapjb, don't know how you figure you can send anything whatsoever without either data (or a cell service) or WiFi. If I understand you correctly, that is.

    If I do, there is no way at all. Either your phone has to connect to a WiFi or be activated on a cell service.
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