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How to Make and Receive Free Phone Calls on Your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch

by Fox Van Allen on November 13, 2015

Google Hangouts dialerThere's a neat little trick with Google Gmail that allows you to make unlimited free phone calls via the Internet. And if you have an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, you can make calls through its Google Hangouts app. You read that right – you can make free data-based (VoIP) phone calls on any Apple iOS device.

Making a call with the newly updated Google Hangouts app couldn’t be easier. Just open the app, sign in to it with your existing Google account ID and then tap the telephone icon in the top right hand corner of the screen. A phone keypad will then display so you can complete your call. And yes, you can use Hangouts to make calls to actual phones – the person you’re calling doesn’t need to be running a Google app or even own a cellphone.

If you’ve got a free Google Voice phone number, the app gets even better – not only can you make calls from the number using the app, but you can receive calls using it as well. Here’s the best part: You don’t even need to mess with your phone or app’s settings. Calls made to your Google Voice number will appear as Hangout notifications, which you have a choice to accept or ignore. (To sign up for a new Google Voice number, visit and follow the prompts.)

Because Google Hangout calls are placed via a data connection, they make a great way to keep making phone calls even when you’re up against your monthly minutes allowance. It’s also a good way to make call to and receive calls from people you don’t want having your “real” cell number, like a blind first date. And of course, any old iPod touch or iPad you have laying around the house can instantly become a second WiFi-powered cellphone.

The updated free Google Hangouts app is currently available for iOS devices via the Apple App Store. There’s no cost to make calls in the U.S. or Canada via the Google Hangouts app; international rates may vary. For more on the service, visit

Updated on 11/13/2015

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Internet Calling, News, Phones and Mobile, Mobile Apps, iPhone/iPad Apps, Blog, Money Savers, Apple iPad

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From Mary McDaniel on March 11, 2016 :: 6:09 pm

So I had a quick question, are you still able to receive calls even if you DON’T have a free Google Voice phone number with hangouts? Say I called someone and left a message, if they called me back, would it still show up as a Google hangouts notification?



From Prasanta Shee on April 14, 2018 :: 1:11 am

For audio calling and conferencing, one can use apps like R-HUB web conferencing servers. It provides free HD VOIP audio conferencing.



From Hanh on August 28, 2018 :: 7:12 am

How get my cell number on my ipad



From Ken on November 07, 2018 :: 12:23 pm

Is there an app to use with my wireless iPad like I had for my android pad
In case I don’t have access to my iPhone



From Lavina on July 26, 2022 :: 4:01 pm

I had hangout before ,but now it is shut down ,who else can I use


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