How To Change Your Primary Google Voice Phone Number

Google Voice allows you to get a free phone number that you can use to make and receive calls, send texts, check voicemail, and more. It’s a very useful service, especially if you want to keep your personal and work calls separate.

Sometimes you may need to change your primary Google Voice phone number. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to do that.

When You Can Change Your Google Voice Number

There are a few key things to know about changing your Google Voice number:

  • You can only change your number once per year
  • It costs $10 to change your number
  • You have 90 days to reclaim your old number if you change your mind

So make sure you really want to change your number before going through the process.

Before Changing Your Number

Before changing your Google Voice number, you’ll want to:

  • Back up any voicemails or text messages you want to save from your current number
  • Let your contacts know you’re changing your number
  • Remove your current number’s voicemail from forwarding to Google Voice (or you’ll lose access when you delete the number)

How to Change Your Google Voice Number

Ready to get a new Google Voice number? Here are the step-by-step instructions:

Delete Your Current Number

  1. Go to and sign in to your account
  2. Click on “Legacy Google Voice” in the top left menu
  3. Click on “Settings” in the top right and go to the “Account” tab
  4. Find your current Google Voice number and click “Delete”
  5. Confirm you want to delete the number
  6. Click “Get a number”

Select a New Number

  1. Enter a city or zip code to search for available numbers
  2. Click “Select” next to the number you want
  3. Enter a phone number to verify account ownership
  4. Google will text you a code to enter
  5. Click “Verify” and then “Finish”

You now have a new Google Voice number! The process takes between 48-96 hours.

After Changing Your Number

Once you have a new Google Voice number, you’ll want to:

  • Set up forwarding to your cell phone or landline
  • Re-add contacts
  • Change voicemail settings

You’ll still have access to your call history and texts from your old number as well. And you have 90 days to reclaim your previous number if you change your mind.

Troubleshooting Issues

If you run into problems changing your Google Voice number, try these troubleshooting tips:

  • Make sure your account ownership phone number is correct
  • Contact Google Voice support for help completing the change
  • If the number change gets stuck, you may need to cancel and retry

Changing your primary Google Voice number is straightforward. Just follow the step-by-step process outlined above. Let your contacts know about your new number and update any services that use your Voice number.