After Alexa gave users the ability to call other Echo owners, Google upped the ante with real phone calls. If you live in the US or Canada, you can use Google Home to call any phone. You don’t have to limit yourself to other people who have Google Home. Here’s how to start making phone calls.

If you already have a Google Home, you don’t need to set anything up. Just use one of the following voice commands to make a phone call:

  • «Ok Google, call Cameron.» This will call the person in your contacts who matches your name. If you have multiple people with that name (looking at you, Amanda), Google will ask you who you want to call.
  • «Ok Google, redial.» This command will redial the last dialed number.
  • «Ok Google, give them a call.» You can use this command after searching for a company. For example, say «Ok Google, find a pizza place nearby» and listen to the results. Once you find the one you need, you can use this command to call that pizza connection. Which is much better than Alexa’s pizza integration.

Google Home can only call non-premium numbers within the US and Canada. All these calls are free. You can also link your phone number to «Home» and then you can make international or premium calls and your account will be charged the normal fee you would pay if you were using your phone.

By default, Home generates a random number when you use it to make a call. To prevent this from happening, you need to link your phone number to Google Home — this is very easy for Project Fi or Google Voice customers, but you can also link a non-Fi / Voice number as well.

Connecting Project Fi or Google Voice numbers to Google Home

First, open the Google Home app on your phone and tap the menu button in the top right corner, then select «More Settings».

In the «Services» section, click «Call to Speakers».

Here you can choose which account to use for outgoing calls. Click either Project Fi or Google Voice.

From now on, when you make a call using Google Home, the recipient will see your number in their caller ID.

Linking another phone number to Google Home

If you don’t have Project Fi or Google Voice (or prefer not to use either number for home calls), you can also link a different phone number. To do this, open the Home app and open the menu. Find «Advanced Settings» and click on it.

Scroll down and select Speaker Calls.

Click on Edit under the «Your own number» entry.

Select Add or Change Phone Number, then enter your phone number.

Once entered, click the Add button. It will send a text code to the number you entered — enter it here to verify your number.

Boom, that’s all. From now on, any call you make using Google Home will come from this number. This way when you call people they will see your number on the called id and not something random.

It’s also worth noting that since Home works with multiple accounts, each member of the home can set their own phone number. Home Great manages to get the voices right every time. This is cool.

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