I love Google Voice. The day Google decides that, like Google Photos, it deserves to be paid, it may pull the trigger; Having a secondary phone number that you can forward to the real one, thus hiding the latter, is incredibly useful. And the day Google Voice disappears, if it comes, I will be very sad.
As easy as it is to use Google Voice as you literally just go into your settings and choose the option to forward calls and / or text messages to your real number, Google is making a change which means that you will now have to download the app on your device if you want to use the service’s capabilities to the fullest. According to a recent Android Police report, Google will soon remove the ability to forward text messages from your Google Voice number to your actual phone number.
As Michael Crider writes:
This is particularly bad news for those of us who have been using Google Voice just as effectively as our only phone number, forwarding it to new SIMs and devices as we get them. Phones tend to rely on their default texting app for integration into many other services. The Google Voice app usually covers them, but it’s not particularly friendly to the rest of Android outside of notification basics.
However, before you blame Google for making this change, know that it is not actually the fault In this age. Apparently, several operators are starting to block these forwarded text messages“Perhaps incorrectly assuming they are spam.” My guess is that Google would rather have a manageable experience (in this case, no features), rather than an inconsistent one.
So if you want to view and reply to text messages that are sent to your Google Voice number, you probably want to install the Google Voice app (ios, Android). If you don’t feel that option for some reason, you can also go into Google Voice settings and forward every message you receive to your email address. You can then reply to the email to reply to the text message: a more cumbersome method, especially if your friends are chatty, but an option anyway.