How To Make International Calls With Google Voice

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To make an international call using Google Voice, add credits to your Google Voice balance and dial the number you want to call. Google will deduct the cost of the call from your balance once you finish. You can make free calls to any number in Ukraine, Canada, the U.S., and Puerto Rico.

I’ve used Google Voice for years now while being overseas. Without it, I wouldn’t have survived as a freelancer. I want to share how to make international calls with Google Voice to help anyone using this software.

Throughout this guide, I’ll cover the following points:

  • How to make international calls on computers
  • Making them on phones
  • Google voice costs
  • How to pay for international calls

Let’s dive in.

How To Make International Calls With Google Voice on Your Computer

The following sections will show you how to make an international call on Google Voice on your computer.

Step 1: Visit the Website

Whether you’re using Mac, PC, or Linux, open your browser, navigate to the search bar, and type Voice.Google.com.

Step 2: Add Funds to Your Balance

If you haven’t added credits to your Google Voice balance, do so now.

Step 3: Dial Out

Navigate back to the main page and the dial pad. Afterward, dial the country code of where you want to call and follow it with the number you’d like to reach.

google voice app screenshot dial pad
First, dial the country code.

First, dial the country code.

Click the phone icon and listen for a Voice message that’ll relay the rate per minute of the call you’re making. Once it’s finished, your call will start.

If you are trying to call China, Chinese telecom carriers may block your outbound calls to China.

How Do I Make International Calls Google Voice with Android and iPhone? #

This tutorial will cover making international calls with Android and iOS operating systems. 

However, dialing international numbers from Google Voice on your phone isn’t much different than using a desktop.

1: Open Your Google Voice Application

Open your Google Voice application or visit their website.

Ensure that you’re logged into your Google account with enough balance to make your call.

2: Tap the Dial Icon

Tap the green icon in the lower-right corner of your screen (the dial icon). This will take you to the dial screen. Enter the country code of where you’re dialing and afterward the phone number.

google voice app screenshot

3: Check the Carrier Notice

When using Google Voice on any mobile operating system, make sure to read the message that appears after dialing the number. It should tell you that Google Voice is routing your call. Or how much credit your call will require.

If you don’t receive this notification, Google Voice isn’t routing your call. Check your account balance to ensure you have enough credits.

If you have funds in your balance, restart Google Voice. Close the app on mobile devices and tablets. Or close your browser tabs.

How Do I Pay for International Calls With Google Voice? #

To pay for international calls with Google Voice, you will need to add credit to your account. Then, whenever you make an international call, Google will deduct from your balance based on how much the call cost.

You can find Google Voice international calling rates per minute here. Keep in mind that all calls within the United States and Canada are free.

Step 1: Navigate to the Cog Icon

Navigate to the cog icon and click to enter the Settings menu.

Click the second to the far-right icon.

google voice app screenshot icons

Step 2: Navigate to “Payments”

Click “Add Credit” and select the amount you want to add.

Step 3: Select the Amount That You Want To Add

Google only lets you choose from $10, $25, and $50 to add. Moreover, your credit balance can’t exceed $70.

Tip: if you don’t want to store your debit card on Google’s servers, use a service like Privacy.com to generate burner credit card numbers.

Google Voice Rates #

Here are the rates you’ll pay when calling FROM the United States:

CountryRate (Per Minute)
Abkhazia$0.17
Afghanistan$0.27-$0.35
Aland Islands $0.15-$0.35
Albania$0.15-$1.11
Algeria$0.12-$0.68
American Samoa$0.07
Andorra$0.04-$0.22
Andorra$0.04-$0.17
Anguilla$0.17-$0.48
Antarctica$2.00
Antigua and Barbuda$0.17-$0.25
Argentina$0.02-$1.10
Armenia$0.16-$0.21
Aruba$0.18-$0.23
Austria$0.01-$0.45
Australia$0.01-$1.95
Azerbaijan$0.25-$0.35
Bahamas$0.18-$0.22
Bahrain$0.15
Bangladesh$0.02
Barbados$0.16-$0.95
Belarus$0.32-$0.99
Belgium$0.04-$0.35
Belize$0.18
Benin$0.27-$0.32
Bermuda$0.03
Bhutan$0.18
Bolivia$0.17-$0.45
Bonaire, Saba and Sint Eustatius$0.13
Bosnia and Herzegovina$0.16-$0.36
Botswana$0.15-$0.21
Brazil$0.01-$0.20
British Indian Ocean Territory$1.96
Brunei$0.05
Bulgaria $0.08-$0.50
Burkina Faso$0.32-$0.83
Burundi $0.46-$0.67
Cambodia $0.09-$0.15
Cameroon $0.18-$1.21
Cape Verde$0.29
Cayman Islands$0.15-$0.19
Central African Republic$0.48-$0.75
Chad$0.51-$0.69
Chile $0.02-$1.50
China $0.02
Christmas Island$0.01
Cocos Islands$0.01
Colombia $0.01-$0.05
Comoros $0.48-$0.50
Cook Islands$0.80
Costa Rica$0.02-$0.07
Cote d'Ivoire$0.32-$1.20
Croatia $0.13-$0.42
Cuba$0.70-$0.98
Curacao$0.11-$0.16
Cyprus $0.05-$0.55
Czechia $0.03-$0.75
Rep. of the Congo$0.45-$1.30
Denmark $0.01-$0.70
Djibouti$0.37
Dominica $0.16-$0.19
East Timor$1.39
Ecuador $0.11-$0.22
Egypt $0.09-$0.12
El Salvador$0.10
Equatorial Guinea$0.42
Eritrea$0.20
Estonia$0.03-$0.56
Eswatini $0.18-$0.20
Ethiopia $0.19-$0.20
Falkland Islands$1.29
Faroe Islands$0.15-$0.20
Fiji$0.22
Finland$0.02-$0.32
France$0.03-$1.00
French Guiana$0.05-$0.15
French Polynesia$0.24-$0.28
French Southern Territories$0.28
Gabon$0.40-$0.48
Gambia$0.35-$1.20
Georgia$0.16-$0.55
Germany$0.01-$0.25
Ghana$0.22-$0.65
Gibraltar $0.06-$0.29
Greece$0.01-$0.52
Greenland$0.50-$0.55
Grenada$0.17-$0.75
Guadeloupe$0.04-$0.22
Guam$0.01
Guatemala $0.12-$0.51
Guernsey$0.01
Guinea $0.36-$0.81
Guinea Bissau$0.57
Guyana$0.25-$1.25
Haiti $0.24-$0.70
Heard Island and McDonald Islands$0.10
Honduras $0.11-$0.15
Hong Kong$0.03
Hungary$0.04-$0.41
Iceland$0.02
India$0.02
Indonesia$0.03-$0.07
Iran$0.15
Iraq$0.12-$0.18
Ireland$0.01-$0.15
Isle of Man$0.02-$0.19
Israel$0.01-$0.23
Italy$0.01-$0.23
Jamaica$0.16-$0.18
Japan$0.02-$0.04
Jersey$0.02-$0.26
Jordan$0.15
Kazakhstan $0.11-$0.62
Kenya$0.16-$0.66
Kiribati$1.30
North Korea$0.55
South Korea$0.01-$0.02
Kosovo $0.16-$0.45
Kuwait$0.07-$0.10
Kyrgyzstan $0.17-$0.46
Laos$0.07
Latvia$0.35-$0.56
Lebanon $0.10-$0.19
Lesotho $0.38-43
Libya$0.28-$0.62
Liechtenstein $0.08-$0.46
Lithuania $0.12-$0.75
Luxembourg $0.16-$0.17
Macao $0.09
Madagascar $0.50-$0.80
Malawi $0.39-$0.93
Malaysia$0.01-$0.04
Maldives$0.70
Mali$0.35
Malta$0.26
Marshall Islands$0.29
Martinique $0.06-$0.15
Mauritania$0.65
Mauritius$0.15
Mayotte$0.08-$0.46
Mexico$0.01-$0.02
Micronesia$0.45
Moldova$0.29-$0.70
Monaco$0.07-$0.32
Mongolia$0.02-$1.25
Montenegro $0.30-$0.60
Montserrat$0.20
Morocco $0.02-$0.50
Mozambique $0.16-$0.96
Myanmar$0.35
Nagorno Karabakh$0.15
Namibia $0.10-$0.85
Nauru$1.80
Nepal$0.13-$0.16
Netherlands $0.02-$0.19
New Caledonia$0.25
New Zealand$0.02-$0.10
Nicaragua $0.19-$1.20
Nigeria$0.12-$0.90
Niue$1.43
North Macedonia$0.15-$0.42
Northern Mariana Islands$0.04
Norway$0.01-$0.18
Oman$0.21-$0.25
Pakistan$0.05-$0.50
Palau$0.29
Palestine$0.23
Panama$0.05-$0.15
Papua New Guinea$0.65-$0.80
Paraguay $0.02-$0.10
Peru$0.01-$0.28
Philippines $0.11-$0.42
Pitcairn$0.02
Poland$0.01-$0.70
Portugal $0.02-$0.47
Qatar $0.14
Rep. of the Congo$0.40-$0.46
Reunion $0.06-$0.42
Romania$0.01-$0.67
Russia$0.02-$3.60
Rwanda$0.22-$0.25
Saint Barthelemy$0.05
Saint Helena$1.67
Saint Kitts and Nevis$0.16-$0.23
Saint Lucia$0.16-$0.23
Saint Martin$0.05
Saint Pierre and Miquelon$0.30-$0.40
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines$0.17-$0.24
San Marino$0.14-$1.70
Sao Tome and Principe$1.19
Satellite Service $4.03-7.25
Saudi Arabia$0.09-$0.13
Senegal $0.35-$0.57
Serbia $0.16-$0.35
Serbia Montenegro$0.60
Seychelles$0.54
Sierra Leone$0.38
Singapore $0.01-$0.02
Sint Maarten$0.15
Slovakia $0.01-$0.52
Slovenia $0.18-$0..63
Somalia$0.53-$0.74
South Africa$0.12-$0.17
South Sudan$0.40
Spain$0.01-$0.48
Sri Lanka$0.14
Sudan$0.15-$0.62
Suriname$0.20-$0.24
Sweden$0.01-$0.03
Switzerland$0.02-$3.00
Syria$0.21-$0.33
Taiwan$0.02-$0.09
Tajikistan $0.16-$0.67
Tanzania $0.30-$0.36
Thailand$0.05
Togo$0.42-$1.30
Tokelau$1.20
Tonga$0.78
Trinidad and Tobago$0.04-$0.15
Tunisia $0.65-$5.12
Turkey $0.04-$0.43
Turkmenistan$0.14-$0.41
Turks and Caicos Islands$0.16-$0.25
Tuvalu$1.54
Uganda$0.29-$0.32
Ukraine (Special Services)$0.67
United Arab Emirates$0.14
United Kingdom (UK)$0.01-$2.50
United Nations Disaster Relief Service$0.35
Uruguay$0.07-$0.20
Uzbekistan $0.09-$0.60
Vanuatu$0.78
Vatican City (Holy See)$0.02
Venezuela $0.03-$0.51
Vietnam $0.07-$0.90
Virgin Islands$0.01-$0.23
Wallis and Futuna$0.96
Western Sahara$0.02
Western Samoa$0.78
Yemen$0.16-$0.90
Zambia$0.33-$0.39
Zimbabwe $0.17-$0.46

These prices can change at any time. Don’t use this as a definitive source. Your cost per minute will vary based on whether you call landline, VoIP, mobile, and Special Special Services.

All calls made to landlines and cellphones in Canada, Puerto Rico, Ukraine the United States will not incur any costs or value-added tax (VAT). So you can call anyone in those areas free for an unlimited amount of time.

When using a payment card and a billing address from another country, you’ll have to pay a VAT fee on top of your current pay rate. These percentage rates will vary.

For instance, someone from Luxembourg will pay a 17% VAT.

How Do I Pay for International Calls With Google Voice? #

You must add credit to your Google Voice account to pay for international calls. When you make an international call, Google will deduct your balance based on how much the call costs.

Step 1: Navigate to the Cog Icon

Navigate to the cog icon and click to enter the Settings menu.

Click the second to the far-right icon.

Step 2: Navigate to “Payments”

Click “Add Credit” and select the amount you want to add.

google voice app screenshot settings - payments

Step 3: Select the Amount That You Want To Add

Google lets you choose between $10, $25, and $50 to add. Moreover, your credit balance can’t exceed $70.

google voice app screenshot add credit setting

Tip: if you don’t want to store your debit card on Google’s servers, use a service like Privacy.com to generate burner credit card numbers.

FAQs: Making calls With Google Voice

If you’re still on the fence about whether you should create a Google Voice VoIP phone number, you may have more questions. I’ve done what I could to answer those inquiries by aggregating various questions about the service from around the internet.

What Internet Speed Do I Need for Google Voice?

Google recommends that you have 50 Kbps download and upload speed for high-quality Google Voice calls [1].

Does Google Voice Work Internationally?

Yes, you can use Google Voice internationally if registered for a Google Voice number while still in the United States. With that said, you can’t register for a Google Voice number overseas.

You could use specific virtual private networks (VPN) to make yourself appear inside the US and register for a Google Voice number.
Though, doing so apparently violates their terms of service [2]. After reading through their terms of service, I cannot confirm whether this information is correct [3].

Is Google Voice Free for International Calls?

Google Voice isn’t free when making international calls—unless you’re calling Canada, which is free.

Wrapping Up

Google Voice isn’t ideal for small business owners or as a means to receive two-factor authentication codes. It’s also hit-and-miss as to what companies will accept Voice as a valid phone number.

But Google’s free VoIP service still makes an excellent tool for texting and calling family, friends, and some businesses from the US.

Check out my guide on other tools for freelancers and small businesses. Perhaps you’ll find something you didn’t know you wanted.

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