How to get Google Voice for inmate calling

For example:  Getting a Google Voice number starting with area code 252 to received inmate calls

You need to set up a “local” phone number in Google Voice for your inmate. In other words, if person is incarcerated in the area with 252 area code, you need to set up a number in Google Voice with that same area code. When this number is dialed, it is routed by Google Voice to your home phone or cell phone (in another state). The inmate only pays for the local call. He or she is dialing a local call for him/her and that is what is charged. Assuming the facility does not block Google Voice numbers, this is much, much cheaper than the ridiculous fees charged by the prisons.

You need to send the Google Voice number to your inmate and have it added to their list of approved phone numbers.

Follow the link below for the how to guide. You just do a search for that area code and select any of the available numbers within that area code.

  • april pickett

    how do u turn the voice recorder off

  • techbytes

    If you are talking about the custom greeting, you can’t. You can deactivate Google Voice voicemail on your phone by dialing your carrier designated code.

  • Trinnette

    How much does it cost to use this service?

    • techbytes

      Trinnette, calls to the U.S. and Canada are free. If you are talking about inmate calls, then you need to put your money on a pre-paid card and register the number with GTL or ICS or whoever provides the phone service at the prison. This is all dandy if GTL or ICS do not block Google Voice numbers as a lot of other facilities do.


      • tina lambertson

        need a phone number to talk to somebody

  • Kesha

    Is there a number for me to contact someonee at google voice because I am having technical difficulties.

    • techbytes

      Google do not provide phone support. This is why I started this blog, to help out with any technical difficulties Google Voice users encounter like yourself. So what is your issues with Google Voice?


  • techbytes

    You need to register for a Google Voice number that is local to the inmate. Then have the inmate register this number with the inmate phone service system and add money to the pre-paid card. You add your house number to Google Voice forward to number. When the inmate dial your Google Voice number, your house number will ring. Hopefully, the facility phone service system does not block Google Voice number as some of them do.


    • Sapphyreopal5

      Does the google voice number have to be the same area code as the inmate’s phone service system for this to work or is that so the charges are less? I already had a google voice number before my friend became incarcerated a few weeks back and the area code is different. Also, is there a way to find out if google voice is blocked by a particular facility without learning this the hard way (basically the call just not going through at all)?

  • Courtney Stanford

    I havee missed 53 phonee calls literally from my boyfriend who is in jail! Everytimee I pick the phonee up and answer it the phonee hangs up!!!!! I need help ASAP!

    • techbytes

      Does he have credits in his pre-paid card?

  • keith

    I got google voice and my girlfriend keeps calling but cant get through. I have no idea what to do. I know she has money on the phone, she mentioned something about the ringback, but I am lost. Please help

  • tiffany

    hi my bf is n the pinellas county jail and he just calld me sayin another inmate said i could go on
    google voice 2 get a 727 number so he can call me do anybody no how i go about setting this service up please n anybody help me

  • Jenn M

    I keep searching for numbers within 5 area codes and its coming up blank …

    • techbytes


      If you don’t see any numbers in your search, then they are not available. What are some of the area codes? I’ll see if numbers show up in my search.

  • alicia

    If I have a google voice talk app with a650 area code can I revice a call from an inmate?

  • alicia

    How to switch my Google voice number

    • techbytes

      Hi Alicia,

      Do you mean to change your number to a new Google Voice number?

      • nateisha thompson

        Yes how do we change our google voice number??

  • megan

    how do you change you forwarding number??? my cell phone changed carriers so I need to get my new number registered so my fiance can call home

    • techbytes

      Log in to your Google voice account at, click on the gear icon and then select “Settings”. Under the “Phones” tab, edit your old number and put in your new number.

  • techbytes

    Google voice is only supported in the US and Canada at this time. Not sure if Google plan on expanding the service internationally.

  • nbey

    How do I start an account?

  • techbytes

    I think GTL needs to add the Google Voice number to their system.

  • Jessica

    Do i have to pay for anything on a credit card to make this work? and my inmate is in Mansfield, OH and I tried to look up that area code but it was not available

  • Teresa Garner

    Can I get a google number for an inmate and still keep my current cell phone number?

    • techbytes

      Yes, you can register for a Google Voice number and keep your cell number because you need to add your cell number in the Google Voice setup so when he calls the GV number, your cell phone will ring. You will need to register the Google Voice number in the same area code as the facility the inmate is in.

  • techbytes

    Did he have the facility phone carrier add the Google Voice to their system?

  • techbytes

    Did he have the prison facility phone carrier add the Google Voice number to their system?
    They need to whitelist the number.

  • techbytes

    You just need to check back often since no one but Google knows when numbers are added.

  • Misty Disque

    can we have more than one number

    • techbytes

      You will need to create multiple accounts if you want to use multiple numbers.

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  • SammiJo

    My significant other is currently in our county jail. The facility
    charges $6 a call. I recently created a Google Voice acct cause we were
    told it would be cheaper. When I created the acct it said I had to
    select a number with the same area code and when he calls that number it
    would be routed to my regular cell number. However when he calls the
    Google Voice number it still charges the same rate. He asked around with
    his fellow inmates and they advised I should have selected an out of
    state number. But when I try to do that, they wanna charge $10 to change
    the number. I don’t wanna change the number if it isn’t going to
    work… Anyone have an idea of what to do in this situation?!!

    • Marla R. Stevens

      I had the same problem with an out-of-state inmate at the satellite camp of the Federal Medical Center, Carswell on the old Carswell military air base on the outskirts of Ft. Worth, TX. I chose what should’ve been a local number for her to call from there but the prison still charged as if it were long distance. I haven’t changed the number because I can’t afford the fee until I’m absolutely certain it will work. So I, too, am looking for help on this.

      BTW, most of the families we’ve talked to about this have given up on Google Voice and gotten either another NAM if the cell is dual NAM or just gotten another cell just for these calls, getting the phone company to be responsible for assigning them numbers that actually will show up as local when dialed from the place of incarceration.

  • ashley

    now that i have my google voice number, do i add the money on that google number under GTO imate tell services for nassau county the regular way??

    • techbytes

      I believed GTO will have to first add the Google Voice number to their allow list to accept calls then add fund to that account.

  • techbytes

    He needs to add money to the jail phone service account and have them add your Google Voice number to accept calls.

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    • Mike Thaler

      Because many (most) jail facilities charge $$ per minute to allow a prisoner to contact anyone on the outside. There are companies that provide this expensive service and rebate a percentage back to the jail facility.

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