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How to Receive Wi-Fi Calls with Google Hangouts for Free Without a SIM Card

Google Hangouts is a wonderful app that can save you a lot of money and allow you to talk to others even without a SIM card. We have already explained how to make free Wi-Fi calls using Google Hangouts dialer without SIM card, and, now, we are going to take a look at how you can receive Wi-Fi calls with Google Hangouts for free.

Note: if you plan on ditching your phone carrier and want to use your phone without a SIM card, you will need constant Wifi connection, so ideally you would spend most of your time where wifi is accessible.  We tested the method on this phone without a SIM card and worked great.

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Why Would I Want to Do This?

Good question. After all, everyone owns, at least, one smartphone, so we understand why it might seem useless at first to turn a Wi-Fi only device into a phone. But when you pause and think about it, there are actually many scenarios where that could be the best thing to do.

  • Save Money: Simply put, if you can make and receive calls without a SIM card, you can drop your phone carrier and simply use your Android phone as a Wifi only device without missing a beat, and save a boatload in monthly cell phone bills.  And oh yea, UNLIMITED DATA (if you are connected to wifi).
  • Business purposes: let’s say that you run a business. You have your own office where you sit, do you work, and communicate with clients. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a dedicated business number without paying for a second SIM card? Google Hangouts allows you to do just that.
  • Elderly parents: since Android allows for virtually unlimited customization, you could setup an Android smartphone or a tablet to boot up into an easy-to-understand user interface with shortcuts for a selected number of apps. Google Hangouts would always run in the background, allowing you to contact them at any time.
  • Back-up: if you like mobile devices as much as we do, you probably have a nice collection of antique smartphones and tablets just lying around your house and collecting dust. Why not give them a chance to again enjoy a happy digital life by turning them into backup phones?

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Step-By-Step Guide How to Receive Wi-Fi Calls with Google Hangouts Dialer

Let’s take a look at what steps you need to go through in order to receive Wi-Fi calls with Google Hangouts. You will need to jump through some hoops, but, trust us, it will take only a couple of minutes.  Before you get started, you do want to make sure you have a secure and strong wifi connection.

  1. Sign up for Google Voice: visit the Google Voice website, then sign in with your Google Account. You’ll be prompted to choose a Google Voice account type. Select I want a new number.
  2. Confirm your Google Voice account using a real phone: this is the tricky part. In order to activate your Google Voice account, you must confirm it with a real mobile phone number. Either use a phone number of somebody you know or you can even use your own smartphone if you have one.
  3. Uncheck but don’t remove your phone from the account: because you want Hangouts to ring only on the device without a SIM card, you must uncheck the phone used for verification from Google Voice, so it won’t ring on incoming Google Voice calls.
  4. Install the Google Hangouts Dialer app to turn on the receive call feature: now, go to the Play Store and install the Hangouts Dialer app. Open it, and, at the top left, tap Menu and then tap Settings. Then tap the Google Account that you use with Google Voice. Under the “Google Voice” section, check the box next to “Incoming phone calls.”
  5. Enable text messages in Google Voice to confirm your number in Google Hangout Dialer: the last step is to open Google Voice on your computer and, at the top right of the page, click Settings. Open the “Voicemail & Text” tab and check the box next to “Forward text messages to my email” located in the “Text Forwarding” section. Click Save Changes and you’re done.

Alternatives

You can also do the same without having to go through the complicated setup procedure with apps such as WhatsAppGoogle DuoGrooVe IPSkype, or Line, and many others. They allow you to make and receive both domestic and international phone calls, but only when the other person uses the same app as you.

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  1. We can never get past step #2.
    We have:
    A device with a real phone number.
    A device with NO phone number (yet).

    Google voice says it can’t use my Project FI number to verify the new number I’m trying to set up.
    I can’t just “borrow a friend’s phone”. Then *THEY* will never be able to verify a new number.

    Google expects everyone to have a number already… in order to GET a new 2nd number… for
    another device.

  2. Thank you for these instructions. I used them last night to get my granddaughter setup with calling and texting. I knew it was possible but I’d never done it. These instructions helped navigate the trickery of unchecking the real phone and relieved me of reinventing the wheel to make this happen.

    Steve Kasian sounds like an immature brat… or a buddy that’s just messing with him. What a little punk, if the former.

    Thanks again!!!

  3. this is the best ever, only thing is i been doing this for the past 5 years lol

    Everybody thinks this is a new thing. Free life time phone g number and phone

    all though the phone cost up front but well worth it

    i got the s 5 rocks 128gb micro its da best ever, for the rest of me life

    no more phone bills. !!!!!

  4. Works like a charm. Make sure you are downloading the Google Hangouts Dialer as mentioned, its a separate app from the standard Hangout app.

    Thanks!

  5. We tested on Android phones, not sure if it works for iOS (probably not since you would need Google Hangout Dialer app)

    And yes, this method still works, I personally use it on my secondary phone on a daily basis.

  6. Just download Hangout Dialer and look in the settings menu. It’s more or less what the author wrote.
    I have Project Fi and the instructions helped.

  7. So glad David Douchebag, who wrote this worthless article, got back with us on your comment, Josh. Isn’t that nice? The douche writes a Fake News article full of misinformation and doesn’t even bother to own it. DAVID DOUCHER!

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